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  1. Removing His Tonsils Altered His Personality ›

    A look at emotional and behavioral improvements after the removal of tonsils.

  1. Accidental Substance Ingestion ›

    Emergency rooms see greater than fifty thousand children a year who have inadvertently ingested a medication or substance not intended for them. This is to the exclusion of alcohol and narcotic ingestions.

  1. A Simple Medical Travel Bag ›

    Dr. Cox puts together the essentials every parent should had when traveling.

  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. My Space - Part II ›

    There are pitfalls for the pediatric population still learning how to navigate social relationships, societal boundaries and peer interactions.

  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. Outcomes From Nontraditional Adoptive Placements ›

    An overview of nontraditional adoptions.

  1. Creating Magic ›

    The necessities and work of everyday can feel overwhelming. It may seem like there isn't much time for fun and magic. Remember, magic is more an attitude and the development of skill.

  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. White Spots And Splotches…What Could It Mean? ›

    The appearance of white spots gave cause for concern, even though there was no discomfort associated with them.

  1. Bicycle Helmets ›

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

  1. The Red Eye ›

    Dr. Theriot examines the causes and treatment for conjunctivitis.

  1. When You Are Given Lemons, Make Lemonade… But You Can’t Forget The Lemons! Phytophotodermatitis ›

    A look at phytophotodermatitis,

  1. Vegetarianism ›

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

  1. Children And Cars: A Deadly Combination ›

    Parents should take these precautions to make sure their children are safe in and around cars.

  1. Herpetic Whitlow ›

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

  1. Summer Camp Fun ›

    Homesickness is an expected emotion when youngsters first go to camp. Here are some positive steps to take before camp begins.

  1. West Nile Virus Revisited ›

    Dr. Theriot examines the West Nile Virus.

  1. Low Humidity and Respiratory Difficulties ›

    When the humidity falls below 40% the appearance of nasal, throat and lung symptoms increases. During the winter months, when we are faced with decreased moisture in the air due to furnace and heater use, we must try to keep the humidity above this level. A simple method of monitoring room humidity is discussed.

  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. Emergency Room 101 ›

    Answers to the question “When or what about my child would need to be treated in the emergency room?”

  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. CT Scan Versus MRI ›

    Radiology has come a long way with the advent of CT Scans and MRI’s.  Here are the differences in the two imagings.

  1. Can My Son Be Allergic To Air Conditioning? ›

    Cold, dry air in some children and adults can provoke a reaction that looks like an allergy. The article explores this fact.

  1. Dealing With Bullies* ›

    Skills children can learn to safeguard themselves against a bully.

  1. Is Mercury A Concern In Vaccines? ›

    Dr. Theriot examines the evidence on whether mercury in vaccines is a concern for parents, as well as options parents have when it comes to vaccines.

  1. Expanding Children’s Development Through Nature ›

    As parents, we must do our best to provide experiences in nature for our children both to expand their development and to instill an appreciation of the natural environment.

  1. Type II Diabetes ›

    Dr. Theriot relates the causes, concerns and treatments for type II diabetes in children.

  1. Buckle Up For Safety ›

    A look at car safety.

  1. Summer Learning ›

    Learning comes in fun packages. Even if your child is not attending summer school you can make the days rich and rewarding.

  1. Fragile X Syndrome ›

    Exploring the most commonly known cause of inherited developmental disability.

  1. When My Child Steals ›

    Expert advice on how to deal with a child who steals.

  1. I’m Bored ›

    What to do when your child comes to you saying, "I'm bored."

  1. Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome ›

    Dr. Theriot examines WPW, a not-so-rare condition that occurs in otherwise healthy individuals.

  1. When Is Too Much, Too Much? ›

    Do some of us overschedule our kids in physical activities? Dr. Theriot recalls a patient history that shows what can happen when our kids over-extend themselves.

  1. It Ain’t Ringworm ›

    Pityiasis Rosea is often mistaken for ringworm. Yet it is self-limiting and self-resolving that will clear up on its own.

  1. Fear Of The Dark ›

    Fear of the dark is one of the most exhausing issues parents face. The fears are real and must be addressed. Here are some guidelines for parents to use through this difficult time.

  1. The Slow Learner ›

    About 22 or 23% of the population falls into a range that educators label low average or borderline. This means that the child will not learn as easily or as well as his same-age peers. When parents understand how to appropriately assist and advocate for their child, both child and parents experience less frustration and discouragement.

  1. Trichotillomania: Compulsive Hair Pulling ›

    Compulsive hair pulling is a disorder associated with tension and urges. Is there a treatment for this disorder?

  1. Why Am I Blinking? ›

    Dr. Welty explores motor and vocal tics, especially those associated with Tourette's Syndrome (TS).

  1. When Children Tantrum, Part 2 ›

    Older children who tantrum are discouraged. They don’t know how to get their needs met through appropriate behavior. Parents can assist their child to learn positive ways of getting the attention, power and control that he wants. The process may not be quick, but with commitment, consistency, and follow through harmony can reign in your family.

  1. Being Alert To Child Abuse ›

    Signs and symptoms of child abuse.

  1. When Children Tantrum, Part 1 ›

    Temper tantrums in children often bring out parental feelings of inadequacy, helplessness, or revenge. These responses do not effectively assist a child during a tantrum. In this two-part article, we will explore strategies that allow both parent and child to emerge from a tantrum in integrity. This month focuses on tantrums in the very young child.

  1. Good Reading Habits ›

    Dr. Welty gives some helpful steps parents can take to foster a love of reading in their children.

  1. Talking In Their Sleep ›

  1. Who Do I Live With After The Divorce? ›

    A quick look at how parents can agree on custody of a child after a divorce.

  1. You Are What You Eat ›

    Dr. Samson explores the behavioral changes that can occur when avoiding certain foods, including the alleviation of ADHD behavior.

  1. The Good-Enough Parent ›

    Parents who protect their children from the fullness of life fall into the trap of the too-good parent. Being a good-enough parent allows children to learn the lessons necessary in mastering life and the skills of being a member of a group.

  1. What About Summer School? ›

    Children's lives run more smoothly when their time is structured. There are three primary advantages for attending summer school. Does your child fit in?

  1. Bipolar Disorder: Does It “Happen” To Children? ›

    An examination of bipolar disorder, its diagnosis and treatment in children.

  1. Childhood Depression ›

    Part 1 of a two part article on childhood depression.

  1. Writing Right ›

    Children can follow these four ideas to become better writers.

  1. Oppositional Defiant Disorder. What is it? Does my child have it? What can we do? ›

    An examination of ODD and some coping methods for parents.

  1. Questions & Answers: Painful bowel movements ›

    Dr. Theriot gives reasons for painful bowel movements in children.

  1. Questions and Answers: Discipline ›

    Dr. Samson answers a patient's question about how to handle disciplining her child.

  1. Questions & Answers: When A Cold Needs An Antibiotic ›

    Dr. Theriot looks at the causes of colds and when an antibiotic is useful.

  1. Stuttering ›

    Dr. Welty looks at the causes of stuttering and recommendations for treatment.

  1. Use Of Water In Sports ›

    A look at staying cool and preventing dehydration.

  1. Tetanus Shots: Not Just For Kids ›

    Why everyone, not just kids, needs a tetanus shot.

  1. When Children Steal: Part 2 ›

    Knowing what lies behind stealing helps parents recognize patterns that may be occurring in other parts of their child’s life. It also assists them in understanding needs that aren’t being met in his life so that you can teach him to meet them in socially appropriate and effective ways.

  1. When Children Steal: Part 1 ›

    Parents experience a multitude of feelings when they learn that their child took something that doesn’t belong to him. When they know how to handle the situation, their confidence is not shaken by the unfortunate news.

  1. Gastro-esophageal Reflux: a spectrum of symptoms ›

    Dr. Theriot reviews the causes and symptoms of reflux.

  1. Avoid Those Homework Hassles ›

    These homework tips can made the dreaded homework time less so.

  1. Skin Rush, Impetigo ›

    This bacterial infection should be treated to prevent spreading.

  1. Questions & Answers: Head Lice Again ›

    A look at head lice and what to do if your child has it.

  1. Chest Pains ›

    Chest pain in a teenager does not usually indicate heart or lung disease if it is very short in duration and an isolated finding.

  1. Chest Pain In Children ›

    Dr. Theriot looks at various causes for chest pain in children.

  1. When To Bring Your Child To The Doctor ›

    At the first sign of your child’s illness, call your doctor. Let him decide the next indicated course of action.

  1. Violence And The Paranoid Child ›

    A look at how parents can minimize or control paranoia development in their children.

  1. Tonsils And Adenoids…When To Do Surgery: A Pediatrician’s Perspective ›

    In the case of large tonsils and adenoids, the decision to do surgery is one that must be made on an individual basis, as each case is different.

  1. Is My Child Kindergarten Ready? ›

    Guidelines to help prepare children for Kindergarten.

  1. Underachievement: A Frequently Ignored Problem Of Childhood ›

    An introduction to underachievement, including a check list for helping to recognize signs of underachievement.

  1. Solar Protection For Young Eyes ›

    The dangers of UV light and the benefits of sunglasses for children.

  1. The Video Game Dilemma ›

    Some helpful guidelines for not letting video games take over family life.

  1. Question & Answer: Coughs ›

    Dr. Theriot answers a question about chronic coughs.

  1. Allergies ›

    A parent has a question about allergies.

  1. Discipline ›

    How to develop a uniform and consistent disciplinary approach.

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