If this is your first pregnancy, you understandably have a lot of questions. One of the most common situations new moms run into that causes anxiety is experiencing false labor pains, otherwise known as Braxton Hicks contractions. Because they can occur as early as the second trimester, many of my patients worry that something is seriously wrong or they’re beginning true labor prematurely. Well, the good news is Braxton Hicks contractions aren't indicative of anything dangerous. In fact, they’re perfectly normal.
More than 102 million Americans deal with high cholesterol every year. The way that we eat as a country has changed, and along with larger and more fattening portions comes a host of potential health problems. When I suggest having a child's cholesterol level checked, parents are sometimes surprised to learn it’s recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and for good reason.
Kids can seem clumsy, unstable and accident prone. They're learning to get their bearings, learning to walk and exploring the world around them. Add to that their growing bones and ligaments and you have a perfect storm for some fairly common injuries in infants and toddlers. Nursemaid's elbow is one of these injuries.
It can be frustrating and exhausting to be a parent, especially when your child is hurting. This frustration can turn into a feeling of helplessness if your child is hurting and you don’t know what’s causing it or how to make it better. This is an issue I run into a lot when kids experience growing pains. Here are some suggestions you can try that might soothe those aches and pains and give your child, and you, peace of mind.
Topics: growing pains
Bumps and bruises and splinters – oh my! It’s that time of year again! School started, the weather is getting cooler and kids are able to get outside for recess. In fact, when I ask my patients what their favorite subject in school is, “recess” is usually the answer. This is the time of year I start seeing an upswing in playground accidents. Here are some of the most common accidents I see and ways to treat them.
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.
It’s well before dawn and the baby, who’s been battling a cold, is crying. You sleepily drag yourself into the baby's room and give her the cold medicine your doctor recommended. But when was the last time she took it? Did your spouse wake up earlier and give it to her while you were sleeping? Believe it or not, parents regularly give their children more than the recommended dose of medication - and this can be as dangerous as it sounds.
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.
As youth sports and the push for potential scholarships become increasingly competitive, injuries become more common. Lower back injuries in young athletes must be taken seriously to avoid permanent damage, but a better strategy is to prevent them.
Now that we Houstonians have emerged from the shock of our city’s devastating flood and moved on to repair and recovery, we need to be aware of some post-disaster issues in our midst. A large swath of the Gulf Coast just experienced a collective trauma, affecting everything from our homes and neighborhoods to our schedules and health. As resilient as they are, our children are not immune to the effects of the damage and disruption.