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  1. Time to Recover ›

    Our children are inundated with such tight schedules they suffer from lack of down time. Help them to work out a balanced time schedule.

  1. It Isn’t Ringworm…Pityriasis Rosea ›

    All the lotions and creams I applied did nothing to alleviate the rash. What more can I do?

  1. Unconditional Regard ›

    How to establish self-esteem in our children.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    The risks in delaying measles vaccination/ the ADHD adolescent who neglects to take his meds.

  1. Vocal Cord Nodules ›

    My very active child has a persistent raspy voice. Should I be concerned?

  1. The Value Of A Teaching Hospital ›

    Any Children’s Hospital with pediatric residents involved is an asset for the health of your child. One should be grateful and respectful toward these dedicated physicians.

  1. What’s Up, Doc? ›

    There is some question as to children’s cognitive development being effected by breastfeeding. True or false? 2) The inappropriate use of a laser pointer has caused one child lose of visual acuity. One must be aware of such behavior.

  1. Preventing Tobacco, Alcohol And Drug Use…The 6G’s Guide For Parents ›

    It is a fact…teenage alcohol and drug use are extremely common…in all ages, races, and social classes. MOST parents have no idea their child is using alcohol or drugs until things get out of control.

  1. Truancy ›

    There are a certain number of children who habitually miss school or are tardy. How can this problem be resolved, and who is to blame?

  1. She Wants Her Ears Pierced ›

    Piercings are very popular these days, among both boys and girls. In order to have some control, at what age should a parent allow the child to have it done?

  1. Menarche—When Should Menses Start? ›

    My friends are all bragging that they have started their periods. I’m 13 years old and nothing has happened. What is wrong with me?

  1. Bicycle Safety For All Ages: Infants, Children and Adolescents ›

    School has begun and children are again riding their bikes with vigor. This is a good time to review the safety rules that apply to all bike riders.

  1. What’s Up, Doc ›

    Dr. Samson reviews recent journal articles, including the topics of pediatric medication exposure, concussions, and immunizations.

  1. How Can I Gain Control Of My Child’s Eating Habits, Part 2 ›

    Last week we discussed identifying possible overweight issues with my child. Today we will touch on bringing control to the problem.

  1. Teens And Eating Disorders Part II ›

    Last month we discussed how adolescence is the prime developmental age for the onset of eating disorders. Now we will cover what an assessment of my teen should include.

  1. Using Centers To Differentiate The Classroom ›

    In most elementary school classrooms, parents can expect the teacher to design educational centers to better meet the personal needs of her students. What happens at a center? Will my child be challenged or feel safe? Read on to hear more about this instructional strategy.

  1. The Infected Ear ›

    The big day is coming when your child will be responsible enough to get the ears pierced. But some kids react and infection takes over. What to do?

  1. Between A Rock And A Hard Place ›

    Obesity in the United States is an obvious problem. In order to get control of it we must start with our children. Sugar, sugar sugar…too much of a good thing.

  1. Nuts & Bolts Of Homeschooling ›

    Most methods of homeschooling fit into one of four categories. The choice you make should depend on your family dynamics.

  1. The Role of Residents In A Hospital ›

    Just how important are the residents and interns in a hospital? I know they are there to learn, but are the patients at the mercy of their learning?

  1. To Homeschool Or Not To Homeschool—That Is The Question ›

    Time and time again I am asked the title question. After years of experience talking to parents who are either for or against this method of education the following concepts have evolved.

  1. The Twelve Gifts of Self ›

    A reminder of what the true importance of life is.

  1. Anxiety In The Classroom ›

    If your child is complaining about stress and anxiety in the classroom, then it is time for you to evaluate the extent to which she is involved both at school and in the extracurricular arena. Sometimes, the stress isn’t triggered by the classroom but by the overcommitted nature of her daily life. Take the time now to help your child prioritize her commitments and start to set some personal boundaries.

  1. Probiotics – Useful Or Just Costly? ›

    What do the studies say about the usefulness of probiotics?

  1. Choking Prevention ›

    Choking is the leading cause of injury that results in death for children younger than one year of age. Parents must be aware of common choking hazards and take preventive measures to avoid a choking accident.

  1. A Recipe For Success ›

    Examine the essential elements to make a school year successful.

  1. Here Comes School Again With Its Demands! ›

    September is here and so is school. Those extra curricular activities are great, but what priority do they become in your family?

  1. Starting High School ›

    Parents may not be wanted by the self-conscious teen, but certainly are needed. Here are a few big picture things to remember as the family dives in to high school.

  1. Amenorrhea ›

    A mother brought her 16-year-old daughter in for an annual check-up. The young lady was a ballet student in her high school, as well as a dancer for the local dance company theartre. Both mother and daughter were concerned that she had not had her period in over six months.

  1. Ganglion Cyst Of The Wrist…Spare The Bible ›

    Dr. Theriot takes a look at ganglion cysts—what they are, how they form, and what to do about them.

  1. The Myth of Simplification ›

    Many of us live with the belief that life could be simple. We think that if we organized or balanced our many responsibilities and desires differently, life would be less complicated. Life is not simple There are tools we can use that will provide a greater feeling of simplicity which opens up the space for less stress and more joy.

  1. Please Ask The Right Question! ›

    Most of us spend our entire lives asking ourselves one wrong question after another. This leads to frustration, non-achievement of goals and sometimes outburst behavior to others.

  1. Is Asthma Rad? ›

    Here’s a look at how these diagnoses, asthma and reactive airway disease, are used, what they have in common, and how they differ.

  1. Education In The Digital Age ›

    The Digital Age is here to stay and, as a parent, you should feel informed enough and empowered to guide your child through this cultural and social revolution. The concept of “Blended Learning” refers to a mixing of instructional strategies in the classroom that balances face-to-face instruction with online resources and tools. The words engagement, communication, and preparation come to mind when thinking about how to best understand the reasoning behind this digital movement. Together with your child and his teacher, you can create a dynamic force to access the best quality resources available today.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    1. There is no deficit in height growth associated with stimulant treatment for ADD. 2. Routine screening of all children would find cases of dyslipidemia that would not have been indicated by family history.

  1. Five Tips To A Successful Parent-Teacher-Student Conference ›

    With teamwork, there’s no problem that can’t be solved. This article offers five helpful tips to help you, the parent, bridge your child’s learning experiences at home and at school. Learn some strategies to get you ready for parent-teacher-student conferences and hold your child accountable for his role in the learning process.

  1. Time: The Most Precious Gift ›

    With busy family schedules, giving the gift of time requires commitment and planning. By taking the steps to provide loving time, parents and children discover an added degree of intimacy and joy.

  1. When Are Moles a Concern? ›

    Moles, or pigmented nevi, are very common. There are two major classifications of pigmented nevi: congenital or acquired, Which should you be concerned about?

  1. Whooping Cough Epidemic ›

    What is pertussis, and why is everyone talking about whooping cough? What you need to know for your family’s best health.

  1. The Art Of Reframing ›


  1. Bed Bugs ›

    Bed bug infestations are on the rise, and they really are a blood sucking parasite.

  1. Concussion Update: What Parents Need To Know ›

    Athletes with a concussion should stay off the field and never return to play on the same day as experiencing the concussion.

  1. One More Look: The Importance Of Reading ›

    The lack of literacy in the United States can be fixed by following David Baldacci's suggestions.

  1. Home Alone: What Age Are Children Ready? ›

    Parents have guidelines to help decide if the child is mature enough to be home alone for short periods of time.

  1. School Is Starting: Get Prepared ›

    Follow these suggestions to smooth the transition from summer vacation to another school year.

  1. Child Safety: Being Aware Of your Surroundings, Part 2 ›

    Last month we talked about the importance of children being attuned to their environment and being able to respond appropriately to their surroundings. For July let’s take a look at several common places and interactions that parents may use to help their children learn these important observational and reaction skills.

  1. Young Boy With A Limp — Toxic Synovitis ›

    This viral infection is self-limiting and resolves with time.

  1. Child Safety: Being Aware Of Your Surroundings ›

    Young people always seem to be “plugged in” these days. Be that the case--how aware are they of their environment?

  1. Chronic Daily Headaches: What Can You Do For Your Teenager? ›

    Here are some tips to help figure out your child’s headaches.

  1. Safety Tips: Local Community Campaign ›

    Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and Kohl's Department Store sponsored a safety campaign that would benefit all children. It is called "Count to 10 For Child Safety."

  1. Healthy Choices For Your Teenager And Family ›

    Dr. Livingston examines the choices we make in our daily life, school, and more.

  1. Does Technology Affect Attention ›

    Some studies indicate a link between excessive internet use and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

  1. Temporary Henna Tattoos ›

    Henna paste in tattoos is usually safe. However, if PPD, a chemical known as para-phenylenediamine is mixed in, a problem for some may become an issue.

  1. The Special Needs Of The Gifted Child, Part 3 ›

    Dr. Theriot concludes his look at the needs of gifted children.

  1. The Special Needs Of The Gifted Child, Part 2 ›

    Dr. Theriot continues his examination of the needs of gifted children.

  1. The Special Needs Of The Gifted Child, Part 1 ›

    Dr. Theriot looks at the gifted child.

  1. What A Strange Place For Strep ›

    This is a common skin infection that affects children from six months to 10 years of age. It is a bacteria that causes the classic strep throat, but is not a systemic infection.

  1. Will My Kid Develop An Eating Disorder? ›

    Dr. Welty examines recent literature on eating disorders.

  1. Summer Movies And Kids ›

    What is wrong with taking my elementary school age kids to see an R rated movie? They don't understand the content anyway. Or do they?

  1. Bullying: What Should A Parent Do? ›

    Dr. Livingston looks at the steps a parent can take when their child is the victim of bullying.

  1. Your Child Is Sick. So Can He Go To School? The Updated Guidelines On When To Exclude Ill Children ›

    No parent WANTS to send their sick child to day care or school, but all parents know that sometimes you HAVE to. If all sick children had to stay home, parents would likely almost never get to work and kids would miss much of their education.

  1. Understanding Your Teen: What Is “Normal?” ›

    Trying to decide what is normal and what is abnormal behavior in your teen is a difficult task. Clear communication is critical. Guidelines help parents make informed decisions.

  1. Stimulants And Growth, Part 2 ›

    Part two of a two-part look at stimulants and growth.

  1. Stimulants and Growth ›

    Part one of a two-part look at stimulants and growth.

  1. Personal Televisions And Teens ›

    A quick look at trends observed in teens with personal televisions.

  1. Your Teen Decides To Quit Smoking: What Can A Parent Do To Help? ›

    Dr. Welty explores useful tips for helping your teen kick the habit.

  1. Is Constant Skin-picking A Problem? ›

    Severe skin picking can be treated with habit reversal training.

  1. Daytrana—The New Patch for ADHD ›

    A new transdermal patch improves control of ADHD symptoms.

  1. A Dinnertime Topic for Discussion: Have You Heard of the Choking Game? ›

    Know the warning signs of children playing the choking game.

  1. Your Basic Fluid Needs ›

    This is a reminder of the importance of adequate fluid hydration and your body's need for water.

  1. When Your Teenager Is Overweight ›

    Dr. Welty points out the do's and don't's of helping your overweight teenager attain a healthier weight.

  1. Teenage Sexuality and Contraception ›

    Dr. Livingston explores contraception options for teenagers.

  1. Loving The Skin You’re In: Basic Skin Care ›

    Our skin is an organ and should be protected. It can be inflamed due to many factors. We should be aware of some basic principles of skin care to protect it.

  1. The Teenage Physical and Confidentiality ›

    Dr. Livingston discusses the elements of privacy and confidentiality associated with a teenage physical.

  1. A Safe Summer Goodie Bag ›

    Summertime is here and we all look forward to the change in routine. Sun and surf call. But we should be prepared by incorporating safe and sound “goodies”.

  1. Beating The Heat ›

    Follow Dr. Cox's tips for staying cool and safe.

  1. Sinusitis in Children: Often Times Things Aren’t Always As They Appear ›

    The treatment of sinusitis deserves special attention. A true sinus infection must be treated with 14 - 21 days of antibiotics.

  1. Who’s in Charge Here? ›

    The hallmark of effective parenting is a consistent and unified approach by both parents.

  1. And Yet Another New Vaccine ›

    A look at the HPV vaccine.

  1. Healthy Weight and Beverage Choices For Children ›

    Dr. Cox examines the childhood obesity epidemic and the degree to which sugar-sweetened beverages play a role.

  1. Ocean Water And Your Health ›

    There are state standards for three types of bacterial indicator species. These will determine whether or not a beach remains open or closed for retesting. Be aware.

  1. When Loved Ones Die ›

  1. What is the Future for Your Hyperactive Child? ›

    A follow-up study takes a look at whether childhood ADHD symptoms persist into adulthood.

  1. Graduated Driver’s License Law ›

    A look at the purpose of California law SB 1329.

  1. Teenage Drivers ›

    A big picture look at teenagers behind the wheel.

  1. Teen Smokers ›

    Dr. Welty explores teen smoking.

  1. School Is Harder—Really! ›

    There are a number of things that you as parents can do to assist in both understanding your children and in guiding them with the thinking skills required for school success.

  1. Bicycle Helmets ›

    Dr. Welty examines the most important piece of bicycle-riding equipment: the helmet.

  1. Self-Cutting: Is Cutting An Attempt To Suicide? ›

    Cutting, or any form of self-injury, must always be viewed as within the context of a larger problem.

  1. Seasonal Affective Disorder ›

    Light therapy has emerged as an established treatment for SAD.

  1. Vegetarianism ›

    To classify oneself as a vegetarian you must understand the benefits as well as the deficiencies in this life style.

  1. Right-Sided Pain Is Not Always The Appendix ›

    Appendicitis is the great imitator. There is a classic presentation for acute appendicitis. However, it can take on the appearance of something entirely different.

  1. Herpetic Whitlow ›

    That red and pussy finger/thumb is infected Herpes simplex. How to differentiate this from a more serious bacterial infection.

  1. The First OBGYN Visit ›

    Dr. Cox explains what's involved with this routine annual exam.

  1. West Nile Virus Revisited ›

    Dr. Theriot examines the West Nile Virus.

  1. When She Parents His Kids ›

    The responsibility of parenting your spouse or significant other’s children is a process. Rarely does the new family look like the fantasy that you and your partner had when you decided to become a couple.

  1. Costochronditis In A Cheerleader ›

    This is a self-limiting inflammatory process that will resolve on its own in time. Some cases are caused by a virus. Others are a result of overuse of the muscles in the chest.

  1. Changing Schools ›

    Examining the reasons and motivations behind changing schools.

  1. Winter Wonders: Indications For A New Vaccine ›

    Another look at new flu vaccines.

  1. The Body Beautiful ›

    Great tips for helping your children with self-image and diversity.

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