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Help! My Kid Is a Sore Loser!

Posted by Phong Van-Liaw, M.D., F.A.A.P. on May 19, 2018 9:17:00 AM

Everyone likes to win – who doesn’t? But for everyone that wins, there’s someone that loses, so teaching your child not to be a sore loser early on is important. Throwing tantrums if they lose, quitting when they’re behind, or losing their temper if you beat them are all pretty significant signs that you’ve got a sore loser on your hands. These issues that need to be addressed sooner rather than later. Not only that, but sore losing can also lead to things like cheating or being a boastful winner, and who would want to play with someone like that? 

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Topics: sore loser, sportsmanship, poor sport

It’s Time to Face Facts: Childhood Obesity Is Getting Worse, Not Better

Posted by Kelly Coleman, M.D. on May 16, 2018 7:56:00 AM

While there was some thought that childhood obesity was on the decline in America, a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that more children than ever are at risk for obesity and the other conditions that come with it. 

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Topics: childhood obesity, child obesity

The Fourth Trimester: New Guidelines for Postpartum Care

Posted by Christina Frome, M.D. on May 9, 2018 10:51:14 AM

Pregnancy doesn’t end when the baby is born. That may sound like a strange statement, but every woman who has given birth knows that her body and mind don’t immediately bounce back to their pre-pregnancy state postpartum. 

In fact, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) have released new guidelines for postpartum care due to this phase lasting from six to 12 weeks, earning the term “the fourth trimester.” The guidelines are based on the idea that physicians should look at postpartum care as an ongoing process rather than a single follow-up visit shortly after birth. 

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Topics: postpartum care, fourth trimester, new guidelines for postpartum care

Finding Out Your Baby Is Breech

Posted by Joseph Salinas, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. on May 7, 2018 8:18:00 AM

Most babies arrive head first, but not always. Sometimes the baby is in a bottom-first or feet-first position. This is what’s known as a breech birth or breech baby. 

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Topics: ob/gyn

Why You Shouldn’t Sleep With Your Baby

Posted by Sadiya Jamal, D.O. on Apr 25, 2018 10:58:04 AM

If you just had a baby, you’re probably extremely tired, and you may even be sleep deprived. The idea of co-sleeping with your newborn may seem like a good idea for convenience, especially if you’re breastfeeding, but there are many risks associated with co-sleeping you need to know.

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Topics: SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome, co-sleeping, safe sleep practices for baby

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

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

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Posted by Tiffany Tracy, M.D. on Apr 16, 2018 8:03:00 AM

While pregnant, what you eat and drink is even more important than usual because it impacts a child’s health. Some of your favorite foods may be among those you should avoid as they could pose a danger to your developing baby. 

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Topics: pregnancy, healthy eating during pregnancy, foods to avoid during pregnancy

Codeine and Children Under 12 Don’t Mix

Posted by Paula Schlesinger, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Apr 14, 2018 8:45:00 AM

Medicine and the way we interact with it is always changing. Prescriptions that were once given without a thought to almost all patients have since been discontinued or limited to certain segments of the population. This is the case with codeine, a powerful cough medicine and pain reliever. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration looked at the practice of prescribing codeine to children and determined this particular medication shouldn’t be given to kids younger than 12 – for good reason.   

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Topics: codeine, respiratory failure, FDA, opioid, cough medicine

Pregnancy Gear Checklist for Expectant Mothers

Posted by Ashley Rizzutto, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. on Apr 2, 2018 8:02:00 AM

Becoming a mother for the first time can seem overwhelming with the amount of information you can find online and the advice you receive from other mothers, but it’s important to know what essential items are needed for those nine months of pregnancy.

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Topics: pregnancy gear, must-have items during pregnancy, essential items for pregnancy

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