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Dental Health

Keep that sparkle in their smile! Dental health tips.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, so a great time to talk oral health. Cavities are the #1 chronic health condition in children. Don’t underestimate the benefits of proper oral hygiene. Why is a pediatrician writing about a dental issue? Because cavities are a huge concern. As stated above, they are the #1 chronic […]

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Remembering Medications

Compliance taking a daily medication (or vitamin) can be troublesome for many.  I find myself counseling parents and kids how to remember medicines often. Here are my favorite tips: Use a pill box for pills Pill boxes come in various sizes and either single daily dosing or am/pm dosing, depending on your needs. Pill boxes […]

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ADHD, anxiety, and depression Medications

Final Thoughts on ADHD Medicines

My last post was how to start and titrate ADHD medicines. Today I’d like to discuss more of the fine-tuning issues, such as what happens if medicine isn’t taken every day, how to remember it, what to do if parents disagree about medicine, and even how to plan for travel. Time Off ADHD Medicines Once […]

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ADHD, anxiety, and depression Medications Uncategorized

ADHD Medications: Starting out and titrating

I have spent many days covering a lot about learning and behavioral problems. Topics covered include why and how to get these issues diagnosed, who is involved in the diagnostic process, and treatment options with diet, supplements, and alternative treatments. Yesterday I covered what prescription medications are typically used and side effects they may cause. […]

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ADHD, anxiety, and depression Medications

ADHD Medications: Types and side effects

I have spent several days on the diagnosis of learning and behavioral problems and non-medical, dietary and supplemental treatments that can be used for these issues. Today I will focus on the types of prescription medications used primarily for ADHD as well as their side effects. Tomorrow will cover how to get started on a medication […]

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ADHD, anxiety, and depression Complementary Medicine Uncategorized

Alternative Treatments for ADHD

I’ve covered why you should get your child evaluated for learning and behavior issues, who does the evaluations, and what the evaluation process involves in my previous posts. I’ve also covered specific diets and supplements. Today I want to talk about alternative treatments for ADHD. If parents aren’t ready to use medicines yet or if they want to […]

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ADHD, anxiety, and depression Nutrition Uncategorized

Supplements for ADHD: Do Vitamins, Herbs, and Fatty Acids Work?

Parents often ask if they can treat their child’s ADHD without prescription medication. There are many alternative treatments in addition to prescription medications – some of which are more effective than others.  I will cover ADHD treatment with supplements today. Supplements for ADHD – general If you’re giving your kids supplements for any reason, be […]

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ADHD, anxiety, and depression

Special Diets for ADHD

Most of us have heard of the claims of cures for all sorts of ills, including behavioral problems (especially ADHD and autism) with simple dietary changes (with and without supplements). This post covers some diets for ADHD that have been recommended as treatments. Supplements will be covered tomorrow. Why talk about diets for ADHD? Fears of […]

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ADHD, anxiety, and depression Uncategorized

Evaluation Process to Diagnose Learning & Behavioral Issues

I have talked about why kids should be evaluated if they have learning or behavioral issues and who is involved in this evaluation in the past few posts. Today I want to talk about what to expect during an evaluation. Not all kids need every test available. It depends on what their specific concerns are […]

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ADHD, anxiety, and depression Uncategorized

Who’s Who In Learning & Behavior Evaluation & Management?

I tried to convey why it’s so important to get a proper diagnosis of learning and behavioral problems in my last blog, Labels – Why should my child be diagnosed? Today I’d like to explain what is done during the evaluation and who’s involved in testing and treatment. Primary care physicians are a great place […]