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Melanie Williams, M.D.


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New Pediatric Guidelines Lower the Age of Depression Screening

Posted by Melanie Williams, M.D. on Apr 23, 2018 8:03:00 AM

Depression can be a harmful and dangerous illness to deal with – especially for kids and teens. Between 2007 and 2015, the suicide rate in teen girls doubled, reaching its highest point in more than 40 years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. This is part of the reason the American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidelines to recommend that kids be screened annually for depression beginning at age 12. 

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Topics: screening kids for depression, depression in kids, adolescents and depression, American Academy of Pediatrics

When It’s Time for Those Tonsils to Come Out

Posted by Melanie Williams, M.D. on Oct 21, 2017 8:46:00 AM

It’s never an easy decision to have your child go in for surgery. I find that parents struggle especially with tonsillectomies because there’s a perception it’s an “unnecessary” surgery. The truth is, under the right circumstances, having your child’s tonsils out may lead to a healthier, happier life in the long run. Here are some benchmarks to note when you’re trying to decide if a tonsillectomy is right for your child. 

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Topics: tonsils surgery, strep, tonsillitis

When to Talk to Your Doctor About Your Child’s Toe Walking

Posted by Melanie Williams, M.D. on May 10, 2017 8:21:00 AM

It seems like parents today are inundated with information about milestones their children should be meeting. There’s too much online information that falsely frightens new parents about their child’s developmental growth. Toe walking (walking on the balls of their feet without their heels making contact with the ground) is one of the things concerned parents come in to talk to me about, so I’d like to demystify this particular issue. 

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Topics: toe walking

Go to Your Room, Parents – Time Away Will Help You in the Long Run

Posted by Melanie Williams, M.D. on Oct 8, 2016 10:00:00 AM

If you’re a parent, I don’t need to tell you that having kids can be a stressful 24-hour-a-day job. From the day that they’re born until as far into the future as you can imagine, parents often feel responsible for their child’s happiness, safety and well-being. Needless to say, shouldering this type of responsibility can lead to a great deal of stress, which is why it’s important that you know as a parent that stress reduction is a major tool you need to use to your advantage. 

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Topics: parent stress, managing stress, kids and stress

How to Turn Nightmares into Sweet Dreams

Posted by Melanie Williams, M.D. on Sep 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

If you’re a parent, you more than likely know what it feels like to just drift off to sleep and then hear a tiny voice call out to you (or sneak up right next to your side of the bed) because of a nightmare. Nightmares seem to be especially common when children are about 3 or 4 years old – right around the same time fear of the dark develops. Nightmares can be trying for children and parents, both of whom need a good night’s sleep. While you can’t stop your children from having nightmares, there are some things you can do to help your kids through them. 

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Topics: childhood nightmares, children and nightmares

Zika/Insect Repellent for Kids

Posted by Melanie Williams, M.D. on Aug 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM

With mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile, and now with the extra concern of the Zika virus, it’s vitally important to protect your kids from insect bites when they’re outside. 

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Topics: zika, how to protect kids from zika, prevent mosquito bites

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