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Raising Twins: Keeping to the Schedule

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: How do you keep twins on a schedule? Dr. Shelly Flais has important information that only a pediatrician with twins herself can offer.
Air Date: 9/18/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Shelly Flais, MD
shelly flais resizedShelly Flais, MD is the author of the American Academy of Pediatrics book Raising Twins, From Pregnancy to Preschool– Advice from a Pediatrician Mom of Twins. She is a board-certified pediatrician and mother of four, including identical twin boys. Dr. Flais is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and promotes a realistic approach to parenting, based on her experience raising her four children, all born within the span of four years. A practicing pediatrician in the Chicago area, she is an Instructor of Clinical Pediatrics with Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. In addition to her AAP book, Dr. Flais served as a contributor for the 2013 AAP book Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know.
Raising Twins: Keeping to the Schedule
Even with years of experience working as a pediatrician, Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD, FAAP, was nervous about what lay ahead when she was told she was pregnant with twins.

Now, several years into parenting her twin boys, Dr. Flais is sharing her wisdom and experience as a mom and her expertise as a doctor to help other parents prepare for and raise multiples with confidence.

With insightful stories from her own experiences, coupled with important information only a pediatrician can offer, Raising Twins can help you deal with your little ones.

For instance, you should care for your healthy multiples just like any other infant.

But, from the very beginning, it is important that you recognize your babies are separate individuals.

If they are identical, it is easy to treat them as a "package deal," providing them with the same clothing, toys, and quality of attention.

As similar as they may appear physically, emotionally they are different. And in order to grow up happy and secure as individuals, they need you to support those differences.

As one twin explained, "We're not twins. We're just brothers who have the same birthday!"

If you're a parent to multiples, or parents who are expecting multiples, you do not want to miss this informative segment.
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