Don't let those sniffles and sneezes make your family miserable. Have your best spring yet with these smart parenting tips
Time for your child's next doctor appointment? Our expert pediatrician shares what parents can do to make the visit go smoothly
Plagued by allergies? In addition to over-the-counter and prescription medications, there are a few additional moves that can help ease the sniffles, sneezes and watery eyes. Consider these following strategies
Our hands allow us to work, interact and take care of our children -- but they can also make us sick. And, most of us aren't washing correctly. Here's the clean truth about how to kill germs with proper hand-washing protocol
Although colds and the flu are both respiratory illnesses, they're caused by different types of viruses. The problem is that colds and the flu share symptoms, like coughing and sneezing. Here's how to distinguish between the two
Helping a sick child is much more than taking temperatures and doling out medicine. Our expert swears by the following four staples to comfort and soothe
To keep your family healthy and safe this flu season, it's important to know all you can about the flu. Here are seasonal flu fundamentals on everything from symptoms to prevention
Here are three myths that I hear often in my practice ... and the truth behind each one. Read on; you just might be surprised at the truth behind cold and flu myths
How do you keep sick kids comfortable and entertained? We asked real moms and dads for their go-to moves
Antibiotics are not always helpful -- in fact, sometimes it can be harmful. Our pediatrician explains
It's no surprise that positive parenting affects a child's health and happiness. Countless studies have shown powerful benefits of dad's participation
At what age should a child start seeing the dentist?
Measles was officially eradicated in the U.S. in 2000. But someone forgot to tell the rubeola virus, the highly contagious organism that causes this once common -- and sometimes deadly -- childhood disease
If your attempt to get your kids to cut back on soda has fizzled, try these strategies
Is your child sniffling? Try our pediatrician's tricks to lessen the symptoms
New school-lunch guidelines take effect after summer break. But some experts think they don't go far enough. Here's some food for thought
The next time your little one is under the weather, try using a few of these tips and tricks
Staying well when your child is sick can be tricky. So it's important to fend off colds all season long -- even when you don't think they're in your house. Here's how
A new report says many kids' cereals have more sugar than many sweets or desserts
Research shows that certain smells can boost sleep, lessen stress and even ease cold symptoms. Get a whiff of this!
In an effort to keep up with my tech-savvy patients and their parents, I read a study from a well-known software maker that confirmed something we all know: Our kids are extremely wired
Although digital communities enable youths to socialize with peers and develop multimedia skills, these online forums also have risks. Fortunately there are ways for parents to help their children avoid these new types of harm
Swelling of the lymph nodes, known as lymphadenopathy, is quite common during childhood. This is most noticeable in the head and neck area
There's has been a lot of discussion lately (in both medical and lay literature) surrounding the use of prebiotics and probiotics. The first question patients and parents often ask is, what's the difference between the two?
I received an email via our iPhone App from a mom who was very worried after her daughter had been bitten by a friend's dog. This is a common concern pediatricians hear
Flu vaccines are being shipped and should be in your doctor's office by now. This year's vaccine contains three strains of influenza virus that are identical to last year's chosen strains
To start teaching children about healthy eating habits, we need to begin in early elementary school. Sit down with your child and review the school lunch menu. It might be wise to make a deal that they may buy their lunch two days a week and you'll pack a lunch on the other three days
It's always good news when I read research-based studies validating that vaccines are one of the most important advances in public health
I get a lot of questions from new parents who are runners about the use of jogging strollers. When researching the issue in the pediatric literature, I couldn't find a consensus about when it's safe and appropriate to use such a stroller with a newborn
Are you confused about over-the-counter liquid medication dosages? You're not alone. The good news is, changes are coming. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just released new guidelines in an effort to reduce the risk of overdoses when giving children liquid OTC medications
A new study confirms something pediatricians and parents already suspected: One key to having happy, healthy and less depressed children is to have earlier bedtimes.
I just read an interesting study about teenagers with headaches. About 1 to 2 percent of adolescents have chronic daily headaches, defined as greater than 15 headache days per month for more than three months.
I've been reading and reviewing several articles on food allergies and their diagnosis. One piece appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association (May 2010 issue) and another in the March issue of Consultant for Pediatricians. Both articles emphasized that there continues to be a great deal of confusion and lack of uniformity for diagnosing food allergies
Parental concerns about children with fever continue to be the primary reason for phone calls to pediatricians' offices, visits to the doctor and late-night trips to the ER. The term 'fever phobia' is not new, and one of the hardest things to 'teach' parents is the mantra: Fever is your friend. What? How can that be?
An article published in the journal Pediatrics from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) committee on nutrition sets new guidelines for iron intake in infants and children. The news is not good. As such, the AAP guidelines now recommend the following
Pregnancy is a time of joy, but for many women, a time of unprecedented worry. Along with the admonitions about caffeine, lunchmeat and wine, many pregnant women are told they should get rid of their cats because of health risks. With a few basic safety precautions, the Centers for Disease Control states that pregnant women do not need to give up their cats
MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus) is a bacterial infection of the skin and soft tissue. With the frequency of such infections rising, parents should be aware of the fact that an unusual 'bite' that's becoming more tender, has surrounding redness (erythema), feels warm to the touch and has the appearance of a large pimple or boil, needs to be examined
As we continue our allergy series, we thought it would helpful to offer a few tips on how to keep many pesky allergens from bothering your kids in your home. A wide array of things can trigger an allergy attack in the home, including dust mites and mold
The surge in allergies this year has been due to a very wet winter, and the weather this spring has brought erratic changes of temperature and lots of wind. This is the perfect storm for an 'allergic cascade' to attack everyone's nasal mucosa. Intranasal steroids appear to be the best preventative and treatment for nasal allergy symptoms
An article published recently in the journal Pediatrics, from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) committee on nutrition, sets new guidelines for iron intake in infants and children. The news is not good. According to Dr. Frank Greer, co-author of the report, 'iron deficiency remains common in the United States'
Many parents are bringing in their young children with recurrent coughs and congestion, and strains of 'can't we just have an antibiotic?' are ringing through the office. There isn't a parent who doesn't want to make their sick child feel better faster, but antibiotics are usually not the answer
Here, a few creative and simple sick-day activities to make the most of your day together
We asked the experts for a guide to cold medicine that helps clear up the confusion
Many of the homemade remedies your grandmother use to push really do help relieve cold symptoms. Here are a few worth trying
Young football players may be at a higher risk of suffering a stroke than their peers, according to a new study
Soccer players who frequently head the ball face the possibility of brain injury and cognitive impairment, according to a new study
Windows Are Big Source of Kids' Injuries. Window falls send more than 5,000 kids and teens to emergency rooms each year, and are serious enough to require a hospital stay a quarter of the time
To protect your kids from serious sports injuries, prevention is key. But if an accident does occur, be prepared. Here's how to spot and treat the most common injuries in kids' sports
Whether your children are starting at a new school or returning to their stomping grounds, heading back into the classroom can be stressful. To make things easier on your entire family, try these moves to ease back-to-school stress
During the summer travel season, I get many calls from parents about children who suffer from motion sickness.
In the summer, many families create memories and cool down at the beach, lake, or pool. Of course, the main concern is fun, but the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of water is safety
Due to wet weather and heat, news reports have families on alert: Snakes are being pushed out into the open. More snakes means the potential for snakebite.
The summer months are prime time for certain viruses -- and kids have the greatest chance of getting them. Here's what you need to know about the most common warm-weather illnesses
The age-old food pyramid is a goner. Can the new MyPlate icon improve your eating habits? Learn more here.
With summer vacation season in full swing, many families are traveling. Some are heading out across the U.S., while others are seeking adventure in Europe, South America, Africa, or even Asia, where they may encounter high altitudes
It's that time of year again when pediatricians see a host of children suffering from uncomfortable bug bites. The best way to prevent bites from mosquitoes, mites, chiggers, flies and fleas is to use insect repellent
Someone had written in to suggest that doctors needed to stop providing magazines and toys for people in the waiting room. Her feeling was that if doctors stopped furnishing these items, patients would bring their own, reducing the spread of germs. I couldn't believe someone would suggest that doctors have empty waiting rooms! Have we gone overboard with germ fears?
Spring is the season for allergic rhinitis (inflammation of the nasal passages), triggered largely by tree pollens and grasses as spring blows in. Allergy symptoms affect about 1 in 5 people, and the first symptoms often begin in childhood
One of the most frequent reasons for a visit to the pediatrician continues to be ear infections (otitis). Especially at this time of year, when we're still in the throes of 'cough and cold' season, the otoscope (device used to look into the ear), is getting worn out!
Each year, 10-12 million kids in the U.S. participate in sports. The tragedy of a sudden death in an otherwise 'presumably healthy' child causes not only sadness, but also deep concern as to how the death might have been prevented
Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a condition that begins in childhood and can continue into adulthood. Between 20 and 50 percent of children diagnosed with ADD will continue to have clinically significant symptoms in adulthood
If there's one thing I know after looking down thousands of throats during my pediatric career, tonsils come in many shapes and sizes. Here's what else I have learned about children's tonsils and tonsillitis
The best way to prevent stomach upsets in small children is to teach good eating habits from a very young age. These easy to implement eating tips will set the stage for a life-time of good eating habits and help avert uncomfortable tummy aches and pains
Our hands allow us to work, interact and take care of our children -- but they can also make us sick. Hand-to-face contact is the most common way germs are spread. That's why proper hand-washing is the best defense against cold and flu. Read on to get the clean truth about how to kill germs with proper hand-washing
Monday's in the office are always busy, and one of the most predictable visits will be for a child who has had a fever over the weekend. Fevers and kids are like salt and pepper; they just go together. The most frequently asked question is, 'When do I need to see the doctor for a fever?' There is not one simple answer. Here are some simple rules of thumb for calling your pediatrician
A mother with a 9-year-old daughter asked, 'Could my daughter could be allergic to strawberries, as she gets a stomachache and sometimes vomits after she eats them? She hasn't had problems eating strawberries before.' This is interesting because I've been reading and reviewing several articles on food allergies and their diagnosis
No mom wants her child to feel miserable -- and the common cold can really wipe a kid out! Fortunately, combining a few simple moves with time-tested remedies can help ease your little one's symptoms. So the next time she starts coughing and sneezing, try these savvy tricks to soothe your sick kid in no time
Your child drops an animal cracker on the floor, then bends over to pick it up and eat it. You think to yourself, '10-second rule!' But how bad is it, really? Are you letting your kids pick up germs and bacteria, or are they actually boosting their immune systems? To find out when -- and if -- being a germophobe mom pays, we talked with expert Carole Marsh. Here's what she had to say
If you're considering whether your children get enough sleep, these healthy and simple sleep habits will help
Dealing with sick kids is her job! Get our blogger's tips of the trade so you can fend off germs too
Here, we've put together a day's worth of easy, delicious meals and snacks packed with cold- and flu-fighting nutrients
Here's what every parent needs to know about these flu strains going into the 2011 – 2012 season
Researchers have studied the effects of your mom's chicken soup, steamy baths and more on colds. We'll tell you what really works
A new study looks at mounting research showing a child's media use may be linked to body weight -- not only because they don't get as much exercise if they're watching TV and using other media, but also due to other issues related to media exposure
After playing outdoors, your child comes home with a tick embedded in his/her back. You've done your best to remove the dreaded insect but are worried sick that your son or daughter may contract Lyme disease. What should you do?
My teenage daughter wants to become a vegetarian. Is it a safe choice for growing kids? Will she be able to get everything she needs from this type of diet?
While you wouldn't dream of banning frozen treats, you feel justified putting the kibosh on the ones containing red No. 3 and other wacky ingredients. One way to minimize the food dyes and unpronounceables is to remake your kids' favorite snacks from scratch
Even though summer has arrived in most parts of the nation, I'm still seeing typical spring illnesses like Fifth's disease. Fifth's disease is a common viral illness seen in children, often in the late winter and spring
First, it's important to make sure that your child is suffering from allergies and not a cold. Here are some of the most common treatments, including age restrictions, as of May 2011
Looking for a great gift for your favorite high school or college grad? Pick up a hands-free headset for their cell phone. There's a healthy reason behind this. The World Health Organization (WHO) just announced that radiation from cell phones may cause cancer
I've been seeing a lot of cases of 'hand, foot and mouth disease' (HFM) in the office lately. This illness is usually caused by a Coxsackie virus A-16, a member of the enteroviral family. These viruses are typically seen in the summer and early fall
I attribute the fact that my four year old daughter eats everything, from oysters and rabbit ragu to kale and carrot juice, to pure and simple luck. Other parents ask, especially when they see her slurp down an oyster, how we get her to eat so well. When I say it is all luck, I'm not lying. But the truth is, I also use a few tricks
Students from preschool through college are in full end-of-the-school year mode. Unfortunately, there also seem to be several spring/summer viruses lurking around that are disrupting many students' (and parents') end-of-year plan
For many families, battling the flu is a seasonal rite of passage: Up to one in five children will suffer through a bout. To help ease your worries, we asked the experts to spell out what day-by-day flu symptoms to expect, how you should treat them, and when to call your pediatrician. By arming yourself with the flu facts, you can stop fretting -- and start taking charge
RSV is the acronym for respiratory synctial virus, a wintertime upper respiratory infection that causes colds and coughs, but also an illness known as bronchiolitis.
Keeping your child healthy is probably the most important job you have as a parent. But as every mom knows, it often requires asking your little one to do some of her least favorite things. And that can make your life, well, challenging. These expert-approved stay-happy tricks will keep your sick kids smiling during even the most difficult situations
It's time to reign in the connectivity: Recent studies have found that teens who sacrifice sleep time for screen time are at a greater risk for sleep disorders, mood swings and depression -- not to mention a less-than-stellar performance at school due to shortened attention spans. Here are five ways to help them find a better balance
Mono is most frequently caused by the Epstein Barr virus, but other viruses may mimic the symptoms of mono. Many of us have been exposed to Epstein Barr virus (EBV) and may not even realized it, while others will develop a viral illness which typically causes sore throat, fever, congestion, swollen lymph nodes and fatigue. Here's what you need to know
With winter upon us in full force, don't forget skin care and sun protection. Due to the drier air and the need to turn up the heat, it's important to protect your child's skin (and your own) and keep it from drying.
Stuttering at this age is called disfluency, or pseudo stuttering, and is quite common as children learn to speak and develop more complex speech patterns. In many cases, the stuttering occurs out of the blue, lasts for several weeks, then resolves, only to return off and on during the preschool years as the child learns more and more language.
Candy is bad for your teeth. Well, that's a no-brainer! Even 3-year-olds know that. But my patients are always caught off guard when I tell them that certain healthy foods are just as unkind to your chompers and can cause your teeth to rot. So grab a toothbrush and hear me out
As winter deepens and snowstorms sweep across much of the country, there may be several more 'snow days' with children (and sometimes their parents) home from school. As such, I decided to do a little research on sledding safety and accidents. Here's the findings
The newest theory is that children with eczema have extrinsically different skin, in that they have a defective skin barrier, which allows irritants into the skin resulting in inflammation. These children seem to have a defect in the filaggrin, a protein in the skin that's important in maintaining skin hydration. There seems to be a mutation in the gene that makes this protein.