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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

Bulimia and Anorexia Aren’t (Sadly) Just for Adults

Posted by Sadiya Jamal, D.O. on Jun 9, 2018 9:10:00 AM

As the world evolves, we sometimes find that problems our children face are showing up at earlier and earlier ages. For instance, recent studies have shown that children as young as 8 have shown symptoms of eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Here’s what concerned parents need to know about these disorders and how they could be silently affecting your child.

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Topics: bulimia in kids and adolescents, eating disorders in kids, signs your child might have an eating disorder, anorexia nervosa in kids

Tips for Surviving a Summer Pregnancy

Posted by Paul Itam, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. on Jun 2, 2018 8:52:00 AM

Summer is a time to relax and enjoy the longer days and beach waves, but when you're pregnant the heat can really make you feel miserable. 

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Topics: summer pregnancy tips, pregnant in the summertime, how to keep cool while pregnant

The Telltale Signs of Roseola

Posted by Phong Van-Liaw, M.D., F.A.A.P. on May 26, 2018 8:27:00 AM

A sky-high fever accompanied by a rash caused by a virus that generally affects children – these are the major symptoms of roseola. Fortunately, though, roseola is common and typically isn't life-threatening. Because it’s common among kids 6 months to 2 years old, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with it – especially if you have a child younger than age 6. 

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Topics: rash, roseola signs and symptoms, roseola, high fever

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

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