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Debra Luben, M.D.


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'Tis the Season for Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Posted by Debra Luben, M.D. on Oct 11, 2017 4:00:00 PM

It usually starts with a tired or cranky child. A sore throat sometimes follows and then there's a fever. Up until this point, most parents believe their child has a cold. Then they notice a rash on the body or blisters in or around the mouth. If your child is experiencing these symptoms, especially in early fall, you may have a case of hand, foot and mouth disease on your hands. 

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Topics: hand, foot and mouth disease, rash, ulcers, contagious

Why Playing Outdoors Is Important for Kids

Posted by Debra Luben, M.D. on May 24, 2017 7:52:00 AM

We see copy-and-paste posts on Facebook about the “good old days” when kids left the house at 8 a.m., played outdoors and didn’t come home until the street lights came on. They almost always draw comments pointing out that kids today don’t enjoy the same life. While some of that might be nostalgia talking, it’s true the world has changed and kids don’t play outside as much as previous generations did. Still, it is good for them and in more ways than you probably realize.

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Topics: outdoor play

Detergent Pods and Kids Don’t Mix

Posted by Debra Luben, M.D. on Apr 29, 2017 8:09:00 AM

Those small plastic pouches, or pods, filled with laundry or dishwashing soap are convenient and can help save a little time. But I’d like to warn you that detergent pods also can cause painful eye problems if children bite or squeeze them. 

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Topics: eye injury, kids eyes, detergent pods

Childproofing Your Home

Posted by Debra Luben, M.D. on Jul 9, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Before you have children, you’re aware there are items around the house that are dangerous—such as knives, scissors and household chemicals. After you have children, however, it’s easy for new parents to look around their house and see it as a baby death trap full of electricity and glass and sharp corners and small objects they can choke on. My advice to you is don’t panic —it’s probably not as bad as it seems — and to try to childproof your home to the best of your ability. 

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Topics: childproofing your home, childproof

Does Your Child Show Signs of Bulimia?

Posted by Debra Luben, M.D. on Jun 1, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Our national obsession with being thin is harming our young people, causing them to worry about their body images and tie their self-worth to appearance. Bulimia and other eating disorders are on the rise – and they’re being found in younger children. 

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Topics: eating disorders in children and teens, bulimia in kids and adolescents

Who’s the Boss? 8 Tips to Stay One Step Ahead of Your Strong-Willed Child

Posted by Debra Luben, M.D. on May 14, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Do you often feel like you spend all your time in tests of wits and endurance with your child? Do mealtime, bedtime and bath time turn into ugly power struggles? 

Strong-willed children can be exhausting and call upon every last bit of parenting patience you can muster. They can be stubborn, difficult and turn a peaceful home upside down. 

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Topics: strong-willed children, how to handle a strong-willed child, tips for parents of strong-willed children

Help! I’m Worried My Baby Isn’t Developing as He Should Be!

Posted by Debra Luben, M.D. on May 7, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Parents can’t seem to help comparing their babies to others. And, of course, a whole chorus of well-meaning friends, relatives and complete strangers are always anxious to offer their opinions about what baby should be doing. 

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Topics: developmental milestones for babies, child development

Is Your House Making Your Child Sick? Here's Help for Indoor Allergens

Posted by Debra Luben, M.D. on Apr 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

No matter how high your housekeeping standards are, it’s likely your home is filled with potential allergens. 

If your child has tested positive for allergies to indoor irritants, or if he or she has allergy symptoms like runny nose or itchy eyes – but it’s not allergy season – it may be the problem is in your house.

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Topics: what to do about child allergies, children allergies, mold, dust mites, pets, smoking, indoor allergens

Coping with Colic

Posted by Debra Luben, M.D. on Mar 26, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Colic affects between 5 percent and 25 percent of infants between 2 weeks and 4 months old. If you have a baby that cries predictably for at least three hours a day with no end in sight, you might have a colicky baby on your hands. While there may not be a whole lot you can do about it in the interim, just knowing what colic is and being aware that there is indeed an end in sight might help you gain some peace of mind. 

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Topics: colic, colicky baby, treatments for colic

3 Ways to Prevent Child Hot Car Deaths

Posted by Debra Luben, M.D. on Aug 5, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Every summer, cities all over the United States report deaths of children who have been left in hot cars, primarily because their parents forgot they were back there. While outraged people often say, “How can a parent possibly forget their child is in the car,” the truth of the matter is it happens and it happens often. Being busy, distracted or even changing your usual routine can all increase the risk of absent-mindedly leaving a child in their car seat in the back of the vehicle. In fact, HealthyChildren.org reported that heat stroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths in children younger than 15 years.

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Topics: heat stroke, hot car, death, child safety

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