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Jakeen Johnson, M.D.


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When Should Kids Have Smartphones?

Posted by Jakeen Johnson, M.D. on Mar 31, 2018 8:52:00 AM

With the advancement of smartphones, the questions parents have about maturity, safety, and the necessity of technology for their kids are becoming trickier to answer. Many parents want to know what age might be appropriate for their child to start using a smartphone, because many children today have one as early as first grade. While I can't tell you the exact age at which your child should start using this technology, I can help give you some guidelines to factor into your decision.

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Topics: kids and smartphones, wait till 8

Bouncy Play Sets Are Accidents Waiting to Happen

Posted by Jakeen Johnson, M.D. on May 3, 2017 8:03:00 AM

What kid doesn’t love a bouncy castle? If we’re being honest, lots of adults I know would probably take a turn in one if it were big enough. They promote exercise, being outdoors and help your kids burn off energy, which can be especially productive when it comes to bedtime routines later that night. So, what could be so bad about playing in a bouncy play set? As it turns out, a lot. 

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Topics: bouncy castles, bouncy play sets, bouncy rooms

Say What? Is My Child’s Speech Progression on Track?

Posted by Jakeen Johnson, M.D. on Jun 22, 2016 9:30:00 AM

If there’s any commonality in children, it’s that they all progress at different paces. That can be frustrating to some parents, especially if their child can’t talk yet. While not every kiddo’s speech will progress at the same rate, there are some milestones to look for, some ways to help them learn and some things you can do if you’re becoming concerned. 

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