Kathryn Wright, M.D.

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10 Ways to Get Your Child Moving

Posted by Kathryn Wright, M.D. on Sep 25, 2019 9:30:00 AM

I’m alarmed at how many overweight children and teens I see in my practice. In my opinion, many children spend too much time tethered to their computers, electronic devices or the television. In addition, school days are getting longer, leaving less time for play.

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Topics: how to get kids moving, kids exercise

Signs Your Child May Need a Tonsillectomy

Posted by Kathryn Wright, M.D. on Aug 21, 2019 8:19:00 AM

Tonsillectomies are one of the most common pediatric surgeries performed worldwide. In fact, more than 530,000 are conducted on children under age 15 annually in the United States. So, if your child’s physician has recommended that he or she should have their tonsils removed, you can take comfort in knowing it’s not uncommon.

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Topics: tonsillectomy, signs your child may need tonsils removed, tonsillitis surgery

Why You Shouldn’t Give Your Newborn Water

Posted by Kathryn Wright, M.D. on May 4, 2019 8:46:00 AM

“Drink your water – it’s good for you!” How many times have you heard that in your life? And it’s true, but not for newborns. In fact, giving a newborn water can actually be harmful. 

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Topics: is water bad for newborns, newborn care

Why Parents-to-be Should Take Advantage of a Prenatal Visit

Posted by Kathryn Wright, M.D. on Nov 24, 2018 9:11:00 AM

There’s a lot you have to learn in a few short months if you’re about to be a parent. Your OB/GYN will be there to help you through much of it, but there’s another doctor you should get involved in this process before your baby is born: a pediatrician. A good way to go about doing that is by taking advantage of a prenatal visit. 

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Topics: prenatal visit, why a prenatal visit is important

Now’s the Time to Start Preparing Kids to Go Back to School

Posted by Kathryn Wright, M.D. on Aug 8, 2018 8:19:00 AM

If you’re like many of the parents I know, your schedules can become a little lax from June to August when school is out. It can be hard to break away from that, but there does come a time when it’s a good idea to start getting kids back into a routine before school starts. In fact, that time is now. Not only will doing so help them adjust to the new school year, but it also will likely help you, too! 

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Topics: back to school, school routines, routines for school

Stop Using Benzocaine Teething Products!

Posted by Kathryn Wright, M.D. on Jun 13, 2018 8:13:00 AM

All you want to do is help your feverish, drooling, cranky baby who’s teething and isn’t sleeping, to feel better. For years, parents have reached for teething products with a numbing agent called benzocaine to help relieve the pain that comes from teething. And even though products containing benzocaine have been used for decades, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning against using these products, saying benzocaine poses a serious risk to infants and children younger than 2 years old. 

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Topics: benzocaine warning, FDA benzocaine warning, benzocaine teething products

Painful Breastfeeding Could be a Sign of Mastitis

Posted by Kathryn Wright, M.D. on Apr 21, 2018 8:50:00 AM

Issues surrounding breastfeeding are some of the most common questions I get from new mamas. This is something they’ve never done before and are unsure of how it should feel, whether or not it’s being done correctly, and what it could mean when their breasts feel different. For example, breastfeeding isn’t necessarily the most comfortable practice a new mom has ever done. So when breastfeeding is painful, some moms think that’s just how it goes, when a lot of times, painful breastfeeding is a sign of mastitis. 

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Topics: blocked milk duct, mastitis

How to Handle Bad Language in Toddlers

Posted by Kathryn Wright, M.D. on May 20, 2017 8:08:00 AM

Many of us have done it. We’ve slipped and said a not-so-nice word in passing to another adult in front of a toddler, forgetting that toddlers are little sponges, soaking up everything we’re saying and doing. You might not have realized you’ve even done this until the daycare calls with questions about your child’s new colorful vocabulary. While it obviously needs to be corrected, don’t stress out over it – this happens all the time. Here are some ways to handle bad language in toddlers. 

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Topics: how to handle bad language in toddlers

What to Do with a Vomiting Child

Posted by Kathryn Wright, M.D. on Dec 17, 2016 9:04:00 AM

When your child is vomiting, no one involved is happy. They’re miserable, you’re concerned and you’re probably worried about what to do and how to keep it from spreading to other family members, especially if you have other small children. The good news is while it’s exhausting for both you and your little one, illnesses that cause vomiting are typically short-lived and will go away on their own. That doesn’t mean you can let your guard down, though. 

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Topics: vomiting child

Bumps, Spots and Itching, Oh My! 5 Common Rashes and What to Do about Them

Posted by Kathryn Wright, M.D. on Jun 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

When you have children, it can seem as though it’s one malady after another. As if skinned knees and sore throats aren’t enough, rashes can pop up without warning. 

The good news is that while rashes are common in children, they usually aren’t serious. Remain calm and keep your first-aid kit stocked with over-the-counter pediatric antihistamine medication, topical corticosteroid ointment, ibuprofen or acetaminophen and mild soap. 

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