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  1. Constipation In A Four-Year-Old Girl ›

    Constipation can lead to painful and hard bowel movements, sometimes resulting in fissures that cause some bleeding from the rectum.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    1) All-terrain vehicle crashes can be fatal to pediatric age children. 2) A closer look at laundry detergent pods when small children are exposed to them.

  1. Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) ›

    Unprovoked bruising of the limbs may result in ITP.

  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. Pediatric Medical Center Allergy Handbook ›

    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.

  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. 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. 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. Meatal Stenosis…Please Aim When You Urinate! ›

    Some young boys need frequent trips to the bathroom. They seem to be unable to direct the flow of urine. Help is on the way.

  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. History Repeats Itself ›

    Measles outbreak is back! And California leads the nation in contracting this contagious disease.

  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. Fever Is Our Friend: How Come Reptiles Are Smarter Than Humans? ›

    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.

  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. 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. Lessons From A Three-Year-Old ›

    If we consider each person we meet to be our teacher, a three-year-old can offer us many lessons. The challenge is being open to learning.

  1. Henoch-Schoenlein Purpura ›

    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.

  1. Winter Coughs That Won’t Go Away ›

    Yes, it’s true that there are plenty of winter viruses causing colds and coughs, but know when to say when…

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

    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.

  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. Chicken Pox Vaccine…Again? ›

    A second varivax shot is highly recommended to protect against chicken-pox.

  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. Autism Study On Vaccines Retracted ›

    A retraction announcement was made linking measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism and bowel disease.

  1. From Over The Top To Moderation ›

    Keep birthday parties sane and enjoyable with a few simple tips.

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

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

  1. Different Causes of Ear Drainage ›

    Dr. Theriot looks at three cases of ear drainage, all with different causes and treatments.

  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. Read Aloud To Your Baby And Young Child ›

    Dr. Welty looks at the importance of reading to your infant and young 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. 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. Giving Toddlers Choice ›

    All toddlers strive for independence. It is an important part of their development. When parents have the skills to help in the process, lots of frustration is avoided for both parent and child.

  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. Cold Season For Infants And Toddlers ›

    Preventing viruses is a lot easier than waiting them out.

  1. Your Basic Fluid Needs ›

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

  1. My Kids Are Playing Doctor! Help! ›

    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?

  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. Too Much TV Watching? ›

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

  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. Get Ready—Get Set—Go Read ›

    Tips for how to peak interest in reading.

  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. Toddlers At Play ›

    The challenges and rewards of toddlerhood.

  1. Who’s in Charge Here? ›

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

  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. 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. 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. Stool Toileting Refusal ›

    Dr. Samson discusses the tense subject of toilet training.

  1. The Red Eye ›

    Dr. Theriot examines the causes and treatment for conjunctivitis.

  1. Vaginitis in Toddlers ›

    Vaginitis is the result of irritation and inflammation from various causes. One of the most common causes for female children is bubble baths.

  1. Vegetarianism ›

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

  1. Coins Belong In The Piggy Bank ›

    Dr. Theriot relates a patient history demonstrating the dangers of swallowing coins.

  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. 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. Winter Wonders: Indications For A New Vaccine ›

    Another look at new flu vaccines.

  1. The Red Eye: Is It Pink Eye? ›

    There are several types of conjunctivitis; “Pink eye” being one of them. What can I do to prevent getting it?

  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. 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. Wild Imagination ›

    When is an imagination too much?

  1. Thumb Sucking ›

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

  1. Buckle Up For Safety ›

    A look at car safety.

  1. Cat Scratch Disease ›

  1. Fragile X Syndrome ›

    Exploring the most commonly known cause of inherited developmental disability.

  1. The Clinging Daycare Child ›

    This article deals with the guilt and pain of leaving a child in the care of daycare helpers that so many parents must endure today.

  1. Choosing Day Care For Infants And Young Children ›

    Four standards to look for when selecting day care for your infant and young child.

  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. Terrible Twos ›

    “Acting out in the form of tantrums is not only common in toddlers, but also perfectly normal.” That’s fine, but please! How can I prevent it?

  1. Pros and Cons of Preschool, Part 2 ›

    The necessity and value is discussed in a frank and hopefully unbiased manner. You must be the judge of what is best for your child. Base your decision on fact, not emotion.

  1. Pros And Cons Of Preschool, Part 1 ›

    The necessity and value is discussed in a frank and hopefully unbiased manner. You must be the judge of what is best for your child. Base your decision on fact, not emotion.

  1. Trichotillomania: Compulsive Hair Pulling ›

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

  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. Talking In Their Sleep ›

  1. Nursemaids Elbow ›

    A look at this common injury among young children.

  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. Autism And The MMR Vaccine: A Look At The Controversy ›

    Studies are ongoing to try to unlock the mystery of autism. The cause is not known. The Center for Disease Control does not recommend changing the immunization schedule, that is giving the MMR vaccine at one year of age.

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

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

  1. Questions & Answers: Painful bowel movements ›

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

  1. You Have To Laugh: Propeller Nose ›

    The things three-year-olds think to put up their nose.

  1. Stuttering ›

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

  1. Tetanus Shots: Not Just For Kids ›

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

  1. Potty Training…When To Start? ›

    Find out when your child is ready to begin toilet training.

  1. Croup…A Parent’s Nightmare ›

    Typically seen in the winter months, croup is a viral infection. It is important to contact your doctor with any questions.

  1. Skin Rush, Impetigo ›

    This bacterial infection should be treated to prevent spreading.

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