Mosquito sucking blood on human skin with nature background. Mosquitos spread Zika Virus.
    March 23, 2016
    The Bottom Line on Zika Virus

    “Zika!” It started as a whisper and turned into a roar heard ‘round the globe. First discovered in the Zika Forest of Uganda in 1947, the mosquito-borne Zika virus has spread to more than 30 cou…

    Blocking Mosquitoes and Ticks 2010
    September 19, 2014
    Blocking Mosquitoes and Ticks

    Five bug repellents scored high marks for preventing bites, but three common choices didn’t make the grade in 2014 testing by Consumer Reports. As a parent and pediatrician, I want a mosquito and ti…

    The Right Tools for Your Outdoor Adventure
    June 1, 2012
    The Right Tools for Your Outdoor Adventure

    Being prepared is the first step to staying safe in the outdoors. Before venturing out on your trip, spend some time researching the potential hazards of terrain, weather, and wildlife that you might …

    Tips for Outdoor Adventures on Land
    May 30, 2012
    Tips for Outdoor Adventures on Land

    Follow these tips for a fun and safe excursion, whether playing in a park or hiking up a mountain. (more…)…

    Biking with kids : Terror and Triumph
    January 19, 2012
    Biking with Kids: Terror and Triumph

    Every Thursday, it’s bike-to-school day. Every Thursday, I’m terrified of what might happen. Every Thursday, we triumph upon arrival at our charter school, 2.5 miles from my house. (more…)…

    Facing fear: not just for kids anymore
    December 13, 2011
    Facing fear: not just for kids anymore

    As I stepped off the platform onto the first mid-air obstacle, 15’ off the ground, I felt what my daughter feels all the time... “I’m scared!” (more…)…

    The Importance of Child’s Play
    October 15, 2010
    The Importance of Child’s Play

    “Mama, will you play with me?” These six words instantly snap me to attention here, now, in the present. They are usually uttered by my 5-year-old, and usually when I’m buzzing around doing some…

    Teaching Kids to care about and even embrace Safe Sunscreen practices
    May 14, 2010
    Teaching Kids to care about and even embrace Safe Sunscreen practices

    So the moment of truth arrives.  The reality is, a lot of kids really don’t like and resist applying sunscreen.  I know, I have two boys and sometimes it is a frustrating process.  Patience, as w…

    Foods that fight sun damage
    May 13, 2010
    Foods that fight sun damage

    We all have heard the phrase, beauty begins on the inside.  But did you know you can actually decrease the risk of sunburn by loading up on fruits and veggies and other nutrient rich foods?  Its tru…

    See Through the Smokescreen about Sunscreen to Find Baby-Safe Protection
    May 9, 2010
    See Through the Smokescreen about Sunscreen to Find Baby-Safe Protection

    Parents today are floating amidst a sea of controversy and confusion about proper sun protection for children. Frequent questions range from:  “How much sun protection do children really need?” t…

    Slips, Trips and Crashes: Handling your Children's Falls
    April 27, 2009
    Slips, Trips and Crashes: Handling your Children’s Falls

    When your little one falls from his bed, crashes his bike or simply runs into the wall during a game of chase, you experience his pain as well as that heart-racing panic feeling that you try to suppre…

    Bug Off
    June 21, 2006
    Bug Off

    More infants and children are bitten by mosquitoes than by any other insect. But parents often don’t notice the bites on babies and young children because they don’t look like they do on teens and…

    Treating Painful Swimmers’ Ear
    May 27, 2006
    Treating Painful Swimmers’ Ear

    Each year over 6 million cases of swimmer's ear will cause kids (and adults) painful infections in the ear canal - interrupting many vacations and days of summer fun. People deserve speedy, safe, effe…

    Sun Cancer Soars
    March 31, 2005
    Sun Cancer Soars

    Men and women born in 1970 - now in their mid-30s - already are being diagnosed with malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Shockingly, these young adults are being diagnosed with mela…

    Rabies Triumph!
    January 11, 2005
    Rabies Triumph!

    The first person in history known to have survived rabies without getting the rabies vaccine went home from the hospital on New Year's Day 2005. The story began when a 15-year-old Wisconsin girl named…

    Natural Insect Repellant Alternatives
    June 16, 2004
    Natural Insect Repellant Alternatives

    Because West Nile virus has made preventing mosquito bites more important in the United States, and because some insecticides are toxic, people have become increasingly concerned with finding gentle a…

    Mad Cow and the Family Pet
    January 6, 2004
    Mad Cow and the Family Pet

    Enjoying pets can be a wonderful part of family life. Besides being beloved companions, pets can help children learn empathy, responsibility, and can help their immune systems learn how to minimize al…

    Healthy Theme Parks?
    September 23, 2003
    Healthy Theme Parks?

    As summer weather is fading, many families consider taking advantage of the shorter lines at theme parks for one last family outing.  A day at the theme park often involves miles of walking without k…

    Football, Heatstroke, and Head Injuries
    August 12, 2003
    Football, Heatstroke, and Head Injuries

    The statistics are in, and happily there were no deaths from heatstroke among U.S. football players during the 2002 season (or so far in 2003), according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports…

    Bottled Energy
    September 9, 2002
    Bottled Energy

    I’ve often heard parents comment, when watching their toddlers or school-aged kids jet giddily around the home (or restaurant), “I wish we could bottle their energy and sell it!” I wish we could…