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You’re viewing: Shanna R. Cox, M.D., F.A.A.P.

  1. Early Childhood Caries ›

    The development of good sound teeth for children can start as early as the third trimester of mom’s pregnancy. Good dental health should begin early.

  1. The Ear Infection That Won’t Go Away ›

    There are times when ear infections may persist or recur. New research gives important insight into these cases.

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

    Is my child overweight? If so, what can I do to bring the child’s weight under control?

  1. Shingles ›

    A localized burning, tingling sensation that develops into a painful rash, that both children and adults can develop. Here’s how…

  1. Baby’s New Shoes ›

    An infant’s first shoes should be flexible, breathable and supportive.

  1. A Few Quick Pediatric Dental Tips ›

    Here are a few quick reminders of current recommendations to maintain the health of your child’s teeth.

  1. Fast Facts: Infant Air Travel ›

    It’s summer travel time! Here’s a quick look at how to prepare and survive the flight from here to there.

  1. Fast Facts: The Kindergarten Physical ›

    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!!

  1. Gardasil Vaccine For The Girls And The Guys ›

    The Gardasil vaccine is now being officially recommended for administration to boys. Learn when, how and why children are being protected.

  1. Fast Facts: Basic Infant Care ›

    Myths and Old Wives tales run rampant. Here are a few frequently told, and often misunderstood tidbits on infants. Fast Facts will be an ongoing source of quick, relevant, and easily accessible information.

  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. New Infant And Child Car Seat Recommendations ›

    The American Academy of Pediatrics announces a new policy statement for the safety of infants, toddlers and children riding in motor vehicles.

  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. 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. 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. Bed Bugs ›

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

  1. Texting And Driving: Don’t Do It! ›

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives us statistics on the dangers of texting while driving.

  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. 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. Premature Breast Development In Infants And Toddlers ›

    Breast bumps in infants, babies, and toddlers…a few things to think about before the teen years.

  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. Pediatric Suicide: A Problem We Hope We Never See ›

    How to be aware of the risk for pediatric suicide and how to screen for a child at risk.

  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 Holidays And Active Infants ›

    A practical tip list when thinking of your infant and safety this holiday season.

  1. Childhood Obesity Trends ›

    A quick look at the growing issue of childhood obesity.

  1. So…What Do You Think About The Swine Flu? ›

    An overview of what we know about Swine Flu.

  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. Good Deeds And Your Family, Part 1 ›

    Part one of a two-part article on good deeds.

  1. The Basics Of Acne ›

    Dr. Cox takes a look at this common teenage disease.

  1. Accidental Bed Related Increase in Infants ›

    Dr. Cox reviews recent infant mortality data.

  1. Polydactyly ›

    When a baby is born with an extra finger or toe.

  1. Acute Gastroenteritis ›

    Dr. Cox takes a look at gastroenteritis.

  1. Vitamin D Recommendations by The American Academy of Pediatrics ›

    Recommendations for Vitamin D have changed. Read the latest recommendations from The American Academy of Pediatrics.

  1. Cold Season For Infants And Toddlers ›

    Preventing viruses is a lot easier than waiting them out.

  1. Personal Televisions And Teens ›

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

  1. Family Health Document ›

    A look at the type of information that should be continually updated for each member of the family.

  1. An Earthquake Reminder ›

    Good tips on what to do in the event of an earthquake.

  1. Allergic Conjunctivitis ›

    Allergic conjunctivitis has been a frequent diagnosis lately. We have had dramatic changes in weather, winds and irritants such as smoke and smog.

  1. Your Basic Fluid Needs ›

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

  1. Smoke-Free Cars With Minors Law ›

    A new law entitled “Smoke-free Cars with Minors” prohibits smoking in a car when a child under seventeen years is present.

  1. Food Label Jumble ›

    Tips for making your trips down the food aisles a little smarter and more healthful for you and your family.

  1. Nitrates and Baby Food ›

    A look at the dangers associated with excessive consumption of nitrates.

  1. Umbilical Cord Blood Banking ›

    Umbilical cord blood is collected at the time a baby is born. It is a source for stem cells which can be used to treat different malignancies, blood, immunologic and metabolic diseases.

  1. Rotavirus: An Oral Vaccine for Infants ›

    Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhea among infants and young children in the United States.

  1. Texting and Internet Instant Messaging ›

    Dr. Cox looks at today's texting phenomenon.

  1. Got Milk? ›

    A look at whether milk "does a body good."

  1. A Second Chickenpox Vaccine ›

    Reasons for receiving a second chickenpox vaccine.

  1. Biotinidase Deficiency and Cystic Fibrosis To Be Added to California’s Newborn Screening Program ›

  1. MRSA: Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus Where Does It Come From? Part II ›

    Families who have experienced a MRSA infection should follow a few simple procedures in an attempt to avoid repeat infection.

  1. MRSA: Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus, Part 1 ›

    Part one of a two-part article on MRSA.

  1. Probiotics ›

    A quick look at probiotics.

  1. Beating The Heat ›

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

  1. Trans Fat, Part 3 ›

    Dr. Cox's final article in a three-part look at trans fat.

  1. Trans Fat, Part II ›

    Part two of a three-part series on trans fat.

  1. Trans Fats ›

    Dr. Cox begins a three-part examination of transfat.

  1. Revealing the Choking Game ›

    The extreme dangers of The Choking Game.

  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. Increase Your Helmet IQ ›

    Learning about helmets may save your life or that of a loved one.

  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. My Space ›

    Many parents are unaware of what their kids are doing on the computer.

  1. Parents and Kids Are Not Always Friends ›

    Children cannot meet or exceed expectations that are unknown and cannot be successful without a clear understanding of the consequences of their decisions, both large and small.

  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. Know Your Foods ›

    Taking a closer look at the foods you eat.

  1. Holiday Precautions ›

    Celebrate the holidays safely with these helpful hints.

  1. Metabolic Syndrome: A Child’s Slip Into Adult Medical Issues ›

    Some children are meeting adult standards for metabolic syndrome and its associated risks.

  1. Sun Safety ›

    Dr. Cox provides pointers on protecting yourself and your children when out in the sun.

  1. Lawnmower Safety ›

    Tips for safely mowing the lawn.

  1. Universal Newborn Hearing Screening ›

    A look at what a newborn infant screening entails.

  1. Protecting Your Children and Megan’s Law ›

  1. Gambling And Your Child ›

    Dr. Cox examines the changing nature of gambling and how are children are affected by this change.

  1. Vegetarianism ›

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

  1. Quick Reminders On The Importance Of Immunization ›

    A quick review on why immunizations are so important.

  1. Children And Cars: A Deadly Combination ›

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

  1. Differentiating Over-the-Counter Cold Remedies ›

    It pays to know what core cold medicines are in order to best treat the symptoms of your child.

  1. The First OBGYN Visit ›

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

  1. Ecstasy: Recreational Use and Its Consequences ›

    Many teens are under the impression that ecstasy is a recreational drug that may be used socially without any ill effects. This is a dangerous misconception that is being detailed extensively by scientific research into ecstasy’s neurological effects.

  1. Cough Syrup Abuse ›

    Dr. Cox looks at the dangers of cough syrup abuse.

  1. More Than Development: Anabolic Steroid Abuse ›

    A look at the multiple side effects of anabolic steroid use.

  1. Car Seats: Essential Information, Part 2 ›

    Dr. Cox continues her series on car seat safety. An essential read!

  1. Car Seats: Essential Information ›

    Dr. Cox takes a look at the car seat essentials with clarification on exactly what class of car seat you need to use for your child.

  1. Circumcision: New Pediatric Policy Statement ›

    New policies regarding circumcision.

  1. Pet Ownership: Making An Informed Decision ›

    Dr. Cox looks at the rewards and considerations that need to go into pet ownership.

  1. Emergency Room 101 ›

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

  1. Alternative Medicine: Herbal Remedies ›

    Dr. Cox examines popular herbal remedies.

  1. Winter Wonders: Indications For A New Vaccine ›

    Another look at new flu vaccines.


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