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You’re viewing: Peter W. Welty, M.D., F.A.A.P.

  1. Halitosis ›

    My three-year-old son has bad breath. We brush his teeth after every meal, and he recently had a dental check-up where the dentist found no cavities or other problems. His problem is really quite obvious. Should we start him on a mouthwash or an antibiotic?

  1. The Worry-Wart ›

    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?

  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. Dislocated Elbow: Nursemaid Elbow ›

    Often you will see two adults swinging a child between them by her arms as they pass down the street. This can easily lead to Nursemaid Elbow!

  1. Sports Team Readiness ›

    We all know that participating in sports is good for our children. But at what age can we introduce them to these activities?

  1. Uncontrollable Shaking ›

    Unexpected stresses can subject one to innumerable reactions. Be it physical or psychological reactions, help is needed to deal with them.

  1. The Child With Enuresis ›

    Enuresis, or involuntary urination, can be caused by a number of physical as well as psychological reasons. It is important to determine the cause of the problem before tackling the treatment.

  1. Head Lice And Nits ›

    It is estimated that ten million children a year are affected by head lice. They mostly live on the bodies of their hosts--more commonly children--and feed on their blood.

  1. Tracking Behavioral Traits ›

    My child’s wild behavior causes a great deal of stress in our family. Should I expect this behavior to settle down or subside as he grows older?

  1. Male Puberty Development ›

    Attempting to categorize a child’s pubertal development by his or her age is very difficult.

  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. My Baby Needs That Sleep Time Bottle ›

    She simply will not fall asleep unless she has that bottle with her in bed. Surely there can be no harm in that. Or is there?

  1. The Transitional Object ›

    Does your child have a “security blanket” that comforts him like nothing else? How important to your little one is that object?

  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. Separation Anxiety Disorder ›

    Separation anxiety disorder has an impact on the entire family. It is imperative that parents get involved in the child's treatment.

  1. Read Aloud To Your Baby And Young Child ›

    Dr. Welty looks at the importance of reading to your infant and young child.

  1. Parenting Influences on Childhood Obesity ›

    It is likely that eating behaviors in young children are a function of both specific feeding practices and parenting styles.

  1. Will My Kid Develop An Eating Disorder? ›

    Dr. Welty examines recent literature on eating disorders.

  1. Dangers of Swimming Pools ›

    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?

  1. Selective Mutism ›

    Selective mutism occurs when a child fails to talk in specific situations while speaking in others.

  1. Sleeping With Mom And Dad ›

    How to resolve an unwanted co-sleeping situation.

  1. Loss Of A Loved One ›

    Understanding the process involved in complicated grief can assist family members and other relatives to identify the children and adolescents who may be at increased risk.

  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. Eating Disorders ›

    Dr. Welty examines a patient with an eating disorder.

  1. Eating Disorders ›

    The treatment of eating disorders requires an intense, ongoing, and multidisciplinary approach.

  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. Mental Health Treatment ›

    Ask questions and gather information so that you are well-informed regarding the options available for your child’s mental health treatment.

  1. Childhood Depression ›

    Dr. Welty takes another look at childhood depression.

  1. Too Much TV Watching? ›

    Dr. Welty examines the risk factors involved with children's TV-viewing habits.

  1. Separation Anxiety Disorder ›

    Treatment for an anxiety disorder in children generally utilizes a short-term use of medication to eliminate the symptoms of anxiety.

  1. The Basis Of Sleep Problems ›

    An examination of research into the links between sleep problems and behavior and emotional health.

  1. Should’t There Be A Blood Test For ADHD? ›

    An examination of medical tests for ADHD.

  1. Risperdal and Autism ›

    A look at Risperdal for the treatment of behaviors associated with autism.

  1. Current Research On ADHD ›

    A quick look at ADHD.

  1. Early Medication Treatment for ADHD ›

    How understanding and treatment of ADHD has evolved since the 1930s.

  1. Early History of ADHD-Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ›

    Dr. Welty examines the literature for early diagnoses of ADHD.

  1. Is Your Child a Fire Bug? ›

    Experts have concluded that a heightened interest and curiosity in fire is a significant predictor of the frequency and intensity of participants' fire involvement.

  1. Removing His Tonsils Altered His Personality ›

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

  1. Behavioral Problems With Preterm Infants ›

    A look at the likelihood of preterm infants going on to have behavioral problems.

  1. Orthopedic Problems for the Overweight Child ›

    Dr. Welty looks at a study on the musculoskeletal consequences of being overweight.

  1. Is Asthma Related To Depression? ›

    Dr. Welty looks at research correlating asthma and depression.

  1. My Baby Needs That Sleep Time Bottle ›

    Learn the proper feeding practices to eliminate baby bottle decay.

  1. How Much Fluoride Is Enough? ›

    A look at fluoride intake.

  1. How Good is Fluoride For My Child? ›

    A look at the benefits of fluoride.

  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. Different Areas Of Loss Within The Adoption Program ›

    Special problems arise when a child is adopted after months or years in institutionalized care.

  1. Outcomes From Nontraditional Adoptive Placements ›

    An overview of nontraditional adoptions.

  1. The Cognitive And Emotional Outcome of Adopted Children ›

    A look at the factors that contribute to a positive adoption outcome.

  1. A Look At Today’s Adoption Programs ›

    An overview of adoption programs.

  1. Teen Smokers ›

    Dr. Welty explores teen smoking.

  1. Pacifier Use ›

    Dr. Welty summarizes pacifier use.

  1. Bicycle Helmets ›

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

  1. Baby Bottle Decay ›

    A look at the dangers of letting a baby sleep with a bottle.

  1. Can Overtraining Affect Her Growth? ›

    A look at the factors that go into the growth and maturation of young athletes.

  1. The Over-Trained Athlete ›

    The dangers and symptoms of over-training.

  1. Seasonal Affective Disorder ›

    Light therapy has emerged as an established treatment for SAD.

  1. Risk Of Antidepressants In Youth ›

    Dr. Welty examines the use of antidepressants in treating youth.

  1. The Use Of Zinc In Children And Adolescents ›

    Many parents have asked me whether zinc lozenges are helpful for their children. Zinc lozenges have been proposed as a treatment for colds caused by the rhinovirus. They are used for reducing the acute symptoms as well as preventing colds.

  1. Drug Use In Students, Part Two ›

    A continued look at drug use among children.

  1. Drug Use In Students, Part One ›

    A look at major drug surveys and what they say about drug use by children.

  1. More Than We Bargained For ›

    A child with a diagnosis of ADHD, Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity, frequently has other diagnoses as well.

  1. Current Research On The Treatment Of ADHD ›

    Dr. Welty looks at current ADHD treatment options.

  1. When To Seek Mental Health Service ›

    Dr. Welty on when it's appropriate to seek help for your child's behavior.

  1. Play In Psychotherapy ›

    A quick look at what a psychotherapist does in a session with a child.

  1. ADHD and Gifted Children ›

    A look at gifted and ADHD traits.

  1. The Depressed Youth, Part 2 ›

    Second part of a two-part article on pediatric depression.

  1. The Depressed Youth ›

    The first of a two-part article on pediatric depression.

  1. The Effects Of A Child’s Brain Injury ›

    Dr. Welty examines a study of children impacted by traumatic brain injury.

  1. Self-inflicted Injury ›

    A look at what self-cutting is and what it means.

  1. Children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder ›

    A look at OCD in children.

  1. Bell’s Palsy ›

    Dr. Welty looks at Bell's palsy and its treatments.

  1. Who Makes Medical Decisions After The Divorce ›

    Dr. Welty examines custody arrangements and their impact on pediatric care.

  1. Body Piercings ›

    Body piercing often has immediate, short-term or long-term complications.

  1. New Medication For ADHD Disorder ›

    Strattera appears to be well tolerated, when compared to conventional ADHD medications.

  1. How Parental Depression Affects Children ›

    Researches have found two seemingly opposite responses in children to their parents' low mood.

  1. The Basis Of Sleep Problems ›

    A look at the results of a sleep study focused on sleep disorders in children and adolescents.

  1. GHB Overdose ›

    Dr. Welty looks at the effects and dangers of the drug GHB.

  1. Thumb Sucking ›

    The habit of thumb sucking serves as relaxing purpose but can lead to severe problems.

  1. Skateboard and Scooter Injuries ›

    Dr. Welty looks at the statistics of skateboard and scooter injuries and offers recommendations for keeping your child safe.

  1. Sleep Problems And ADD ›

    Dr. Welty examines whether sleep problems are linked to ADD.

  1. Fragile X Syndrome ›

    Exploring the most commonly known cause of inherited developmental disability.

  1. Tonsillectomy ›

    Dr. Welty calms concerns about the safety of anesthesia during a tonsillectomy.

  1. Concerns For The Out-of-Country Adoption ›

    An overview of concerns new parents and children might have with an out-of-country adoption.

  1. Maternal Depression ›

    A look at maternal depression.

  1. Secretin Use In Autism ›

    At this time there does not appear to be strong evidence that secretin is a useful agent in addressing the symptoms of autism.

  1. More Help For Anxious Worriers ›

    There is a wide range of emotional responses that children and adults display in response to a disaster.

  1. Dangers of Lead Poisoning ›

    Dr. Welty looks at the threats of lead exposure.

  1. Head Trauma ›

    A look at symptoms of head trauma that require medical attention.

  1. Directives For The Autistic Child ›

    A look at the case of an autistic child in a school district that cannot facilitate him.

  1. St. John’s Wort and Other Herbal Medicines ›

    A look at St. John's wort.

  1. Crohn’s Disease ›

    Teenagers have trouble accepting and managing any chronic illness. Crohn disease is an example.

  1. Disordered Eating Habits ›

    This is a wake-up call to all adults who take on the responsibility of coaching and training young athletes.

  1. Breast Tissue In The Adolescent Male ›

    Dr. Welty looks at breast tissue development in adolescent males.

  1. Why Am I Blinking? ›

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

  1. Symptoms Of Mood Disorder ›

    A look at mood disorders.

  1. Good Reading Habits ›

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

  1. Obsessive-compulsive Behavior ›

    A look at the symptoms of OCD.

  1. Asperger’s Disorder ›

    The name Asperger’s was first noted by Hans Asperger in 1944, who described a syndrome of persons with normal intelligence who had a noticeable problem in social interactions with others, and had limited interests and behaviors, without delays in learning or language development.

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