With the coronavirus pandemic here, parents have been keeping their distance while sending me questions about how stressful social distancing their children from other children can be for families who are now spending so much time together confined to their living space. Let me see if I can ...
Parents have been asking me some hair-raising questions about what to do when their children experience excessive hair loss. Well, let me see if I can comb out some information on this topic.
What is typical and what is not
Believe it or not, we all lose about 50 to 100 hairs a day ...
Parents have been asking me some colorful questions recently about color blindness. Well, let me see if I can share my views on this particular topic.
Color blindness does not mean a person is blind. It is a deficiency in color vision that may range from a slight difficulty in telling ...
Parents have been asking me for some advice on the best way to discipline their young children. Well, let me see if I can behave appropriately and provide some information on this topic.
Some best practices
¯ Parents, model the behaviors you want to see in your children to teach ...
With children and dogs out and about as spring approaches, something is bound to happen when the two groups encounter each other, particularly if a child provokes a dog resulting in a dog provoking a child.
Believe it or not, there are over 4.5 million dog bites that occur each year. If you ...
Parents have been asking me some moving questions recently. What is the right age to take their young child to the movies? How can that trip be a successful one? Well, let me see if I can screen out parental concerns and shed some “lights, camera and action” on this topic!
What does ...
Parents often ask me a mouthful of questions on how can they get their young children to brush their teeth on a daily basis. Let me try to shed light or should I say shed some white on the topic of tooth brushing.
Why brush in the first place?
It’s important for parents to ...
Parents have been anything but terrible in asking me what they can do to help their toddler through the “terrible twos.” Let me ease everyone’s frustration about this period in a child’s life and provide some information on this topic.
It’s terribly normal
The terrible twos ...
Parents have been bringing up lots of questions about what to do when their child vomits. Let me toss out some helpful information on this topic.
Why do we vomit?
Vomiting is a way for the body to get rid of something it doesn’t like. It is a complex process coordinated by a ...
With so many children playing so many sports nowadays, parents have been competing to ask me questions about what they can do to make sure their child is as safe as possible when practicing or playing a particular sport. Let me see if I am game enough to offer some tips on this ...
Parents have been spotting me out and about and when they do, they are asking me more and more questions about measles. To answer their questions, let me spread some information about this disease, rather than the measles virus itself.
What is it, and how does it spread?
Parents have been hungry to ask me what they can do to insure the health and well-being of their children. My response is family meals — that’s right, family meals — so let me give you some reasons why.
Family meals are for more than food
Studies have shown that family meals ...
Parents have been flying up to me asking me what they can say to their children who have never been in a plane before to reduce their fear of flying. Well, fasten your seat belts and let me provide some information on this topic.
Fear of flying is very common
Studies suggest that ...
Oh ’tis that special season
When I hope you’ll have good reason
To decorate with safety in mind
When it gets to be holiday time!
Yes — it’s the holidays, and what better gift can I share than a few reminders to make this the healthiest and safest of holiday seasons: ...
Recently, I unwrapped some safety tips regarding how to ensure the toys you buy your child for the holidays are safe ones. So this week, instead of talking unsafe toys, I’m game for suggesting some appropriate toys to buy for your younger child — especially in an era where digital toys are ...
Parents of infants have been feeding me lots of questions about whether it is better to buy infant food, or make their own homemade baby food. This question starts popping up when babies begin to eat solids around 6 months of age. Well, let me take a bite into those questions and provide some ...
Parents of toddlers and preschoolers often ask me if it is all right for their child to be speaking to imaginary friends. I won’t usually answer until Dr. Check-Up, my imaginary pediatrician friend, gives me the advice I need to answer their question. Fortunately, he has, so here are my ...
Parents have been asking me some eye-opening questions about whether or not their child could get pinkeye. Let me see what I can tell you about this problem.
What is pinkeye, exactly?
Pinkeye gets its name because it describes the pink or reddish appearance of what is normally ...
Parents have been hitting new heights with their questions about what to do when their child is concerned about being too tall or too short. Well let me size up those questions and provide some information on the topic of growing pains.
What determines your growing pace
Everyone grows ...
Recently I’ve come face to face with teenagers eager to ask me what is fact and fiction about their developing acne. Well let me see if I can break out with some accurate information about some common acne myths.
The first myth: Chocolate or fried foods cause acne
One common ...