Our children are inundated with such tight schedules they suffer from lack of down time. Help them to work out a balanced time schedule.
Protein in the urine—what does it mean?
The risks in delaying measles vaccination/ the ADHD adolescent who neglects to take his meds.
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.
My son had hives one year ago. Last week he was on amoxil for an ear infection and got hives. His doctor said he should not get any penicillin for the rest of his life. Is this so? The first time he had hives he wasn’t on any medication.
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.
Occasionally children say to their parents, “I am a horrible child,” or use other self-negating statements. How are parents to respond? First, determine what the child wants from the self-accusation.
What is a parent suppose to do when the child refuses to go to school, crying and having an upset stomach every morning? Why is he so afraid to leave home?
Three articles appearing in PEDIATRICS magazine to enlighten our readers on the health and care of their children.
There is a decided difference in an outer ear versus inner ear infection. Treatment for either should apply to bring relief from the pain.
The radical change in my child’s disposition has me concerned as to the cause. What became of my sweet little angel to change into a cranky ol’ frog?
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.
Dr. Samson reviews recent journal articles, including the topics of pediatric medication exposure, concussions, and immunizations.
Unexpected stresses can subject one to innumerable reactions. Be it physical or psychological reactions, help is needed to deal with them.
Last week we discussed identifying possible overweight issues with my child. Today we will touch on bringing control to the problem.
Is my child overweight? If so, what can I do to bring the child’s weight under control?
Everyone needs heroes. Those we choose as our heroes follow a developmental model. Through all stages of choosing them, the qualities the hero expresses remain the same.
For the past three months my nine-year-old son wakes up sneezing about 20 times. His nose is stuffed and he has to breathe through his mouth. Perhaps he is allergic to dust, like me. Should I pull up the carpet in his room and take down the curtains?
With soccer season in full swing, many a player will begin complaining of heel pain. How serious is this, and how can it be avoided?
Attempting to categorize a child’s pubertal development by his or her age is very difficult.
Homework tends to create more parent/child conflict than any other school-related issue. Steps can be taken to relieve the tension around the “H” word--homework.
A child with ADD can have control of the symptoms with the proper medication. However, very often these same children can have auditory or visual processing problems which must be addressed.
With class sizes in many schools increasing, you may be wondering how to ensure a personal educational experience for your child. Find out what you, as a parent, can do to support your child and help meet his educational needs more fully.
It’s a time of excitement, joy, and apprehension for the whole family. Here’s what to expect at your pediatrician’s office after the kindergarten orientation, application and decision is made…now it’s time for the physical!!
With a willingness to develop routines and schedules, parents assist with their child’s brain development by establishing patterns that maximize potential and lead toward lifelong success.
Young girls often complain of painful urination that is frequent and urgent. While this may be the sign of a bladder infection necessitating antibiotics, it is also the sign of vaginitis, a more common and benign condition that does NOT require antibiotics. This article discusses vaginitis, the causes and the treatment.
The Gardasil vaccine is now being officially recommended for administration to boys. Learn when, how and why children are being protected.
Measles outbreak is back! And California leads the nation in contracting this contagious disease.
Most methods of homeschooling fit into one of four categories. The choice you make should depend on your family dynamics.
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?
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.
Due to the large volume of phone calls from our patients regarding FEVER, we will be running this article again! This is a topic that needs to be addressed every cold weather season. It is time for a clearer understanding of the topic of elevated body temperature.
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.
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.
September is here and so is school. Those extra curricular activities are great, but what priority do they become in your family?
Sandra Smith discusses kids' lies, why children lie, and how to deal with persistent lying.
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.
So many of us relish in the comfort zones we create in our lives. How often, though, do you push yourself out of these self-created comfort zones? Or better yet, how often do you ask your children to step outside of their comfort zones? I challenge you to find ways this summer to help your children take risks and try new activities because it is through these decisions that true, organic self-confidence and growth is achieved.
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.
We all know that kids are really excited to start their vacation the moment school gets out. They’ve worked hard throughout the school year, and now it’s time to let the body and mind unwind and recharge before the start of the next session. For some, though, the time off slowly evolves into boredom and loneliness. So, how do you set your child up to not drive himself, and you, crazy over the next few months?
Impetigo can be contagious and threatening. The pediatrician can determine which main type is presented and how serious the case is. Let us look at the treatment of this infection.
Teaching children to make wise decisions is part of effective parenting. Learning the skill begins in toddler hood. As children grow older, having the tools to make wise decisions helps them evaluate the choices they face.
No matter how patient and logical you are, it’s a challenge to get your child to remember that the last month of school is still a viable part of his yearlong education. The school community is reeling with year-end events that seem to throw your youngster into the depths of anti-routine. Even though the unspoken message your child may perceive is that ”school’s out,” it is so important the message your child clearly receives at home is that “school’s still very much in session.”
Henoch-Schoenlein Purpura is a childhood vasculitis that affects children under the age of 10 years. The symptoms include a purpuric rash (mainly of the lower extremities), swollen and painful joints, colicky abdominal pain and in some cases involvement of the kidneys. It is a relatively benign illness that resolves with nothing more than supportive care in the majority of cases. Most patients are back to their baseline within a few weeks, but there are a few exceptions.
Yes, it’s true that there are plenty of winter viruses causing colds and coughs, but know when to say when…
Allergy tests, both skin and blood (RAST) tests, are very useful but must be correlated with the patient’s history and clinical food trials. False positive tests are seen and may lead to an overly restrictive diet or unnecessary allergy shots.
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.
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.
Moles, or pigmented nevi, are very common. There are two major classifications of pigmented nevi: congenital or acquired, Which should you be concerned about?
What is pertussis, and why is everyone talking about whooping cough? What you need to know for your family’s best health.
Athletes with a concussion should stay off the field and never return to play on the same day as experiencing the concussion.
The lack of literacy in the United States can be fixed by following David Baldacci's suggestions.
Follow these suggestions to smooth the transition from summer vacation to another school year.
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.
This viral infection is self-limiting and resolves with time.
A retraction announcement was made linking measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism and bowel disease.
Here are some tips to help figure out your child’s headaches.
Separation anxiety disorder has an impact on the entire family. It is imperative that parents get involved in the child's treatment.
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."
Dr. Livingston examines the choices we make in our daily life, school, and more.
Some studies indicate a link between excessive internet use and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Dr. Theriot looks at Melatonin in part two or this article.
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.
Dr. Theriot concludes his look at the needs of gifted children.
Dr. Theriot continues his examination of the needs of gifted children.
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.
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?
The tragedy of losing a family member to a drowning can never be forgotten. That is especially true if the victim was a minor child, left in your supervision. How could this have happened?
Dr. Livingston looks at the steps a parent can take when their child is the victim of bullying.
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.
A quick look at trends observed in teens with personal televisions.
Know the warning signs of children playing the choking game.
This is a reminder of the importance of adequate fluid hydration and your body's need for water.
The curiosity of a child attempts to explore and compare their body parts with another child. What response should the parent have to this activity?
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.
Dr. Welty examines the risk factors involved with children's TV-viewing habits.
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”.
The treatment of sinusitis deserves special attention. A true sinus infection must be treated with 14 - 21 days of antibiotics.
The hallmark of effective parenting is a consistent and unified approach by both parents.
Here is the origin of chicken pox and Fifth disease.