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Safety

My child swallowed…

It happens all the time. Kids put things in their mouth that aren’t supposed to be eaten. Parents often call after their child swallowed a toy piece, a coin, and many other things. Most of the time things will just pass — though I’m not a fan of watching the stools for the swallowed object […]

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Illnesses Rash Vaccines

Measles Outbreaks: What can you do to protect your family?

Any area can be affected by measles. My county is in the middle of an measles outbreak right now. This is despite relatively high MMR vaccine rates above 95% for at least 1 MMR by 3 years of age. There are a lot of questions about measles outbreaks, so I thought I’d tackle a few. Like most […]

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Development X-rays

What is a Bone Age?

  Bone age is helpful in assessing a child who is shorter or taller than predicted based on parent heights or if a child has early or late pubertal changes. It’s simply an x-ray of the child’s hand and wrist. It involves minimal radiation and doesn’t hurt. The bone age can help us approximate how […]

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Vaccines

Common risks from shots: real and perceived

Parents want to keep their kids as healthy as possible, but with the overwhelming amount of information found on media these days, it’s hard to know what is safe and what risks really are when it comes to vaccines. What are the common risks from shots? Nothing we do is without risk. The most risky […]

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Allergies Illnesses Skin Issues Uncategorized

Dark Under Eye Circles

I see a lot of kids with circles under their eyes. There’s a lot of confusion as to what causes them. Dark circles under the eyes may simply be hereditary – a trait that runs in families, but they also can signify chronic disease. I’ll cover some causes that are feared but not likely and […]

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Parenting Safety

7 Ways to Keep Kids from Wandering and Getting Lost

Some kids never leave their parent’s side when out and about, but others wander without concern and are at risk of getting lost. I’ve had one of each, so I know first hand how scary it is to have a wanderer. Many parents worry that their kids will be abducted, but the large majority of […]

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Sleep

Spring Forward: Help your kids ease into their new schedule

Bonus post! I’ve been scheduling posts on Tuesdays and Saturdays, but forgot about the clock change that’s happening next weekend. I wanted to post off schedule to give people a week to think about how they’ll adjust and Spring forward! Spring forward and lose an hour of sleep Spring is a wonderful time with warmer […]

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Injuries

8 Concussion Myths

Concussions are relatively common. Fortunately there have been campaigns to increase awareness, so more kids are being properly identified. There are still many myths related to concussion that need to be clarified. Common myths and misinformation about concussions: 1. A normal head CT means no concussion and a full return to play is okay. Concussions […]

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Development Parenting Safety Sleep

Transitioning to The Big Kid Bed

Parents often try to keep the crib as long as possible to avoid the problem of their toddler/preschooler leaving the bed again and again at bedtime, but eventually they all need to take the plunge and get a big kid bed. How do you get a kid to stay in a bed? Daycares do it […]

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Dental Health Infants Parenting Sleep Uncategorized

Pacifiers in babies and children: Encourage or discourage?

There’s a lot of debate about pacifiers and since it’s Children’s Dental Health Month I thought I’d tackle the issue. Many parents are apprehensive to start one with a baby, yet many babies need to suck. Sucking is a natural reflex. Sucking on thumbs, fingers, pacifiers or other objects may make babies feel secure and happy […]