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…

    Outdoor Play
    March 12, 2014
    Getting Out in Nature

    As a Mom of two school-aged girls it is a constant challenge to carve out the time to get them outside to play, but we try to make it a daily priority. Winter in our part of the country makes it even …

    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 the Water
    May 31, 2012
    Tips for Outdoor Adventures on the Water

    Whether swimming in the ocean or on a boat in a lake, follow these tips for staying safe by the water. (more…)…

    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…)…

    Tips for Any Outdoor Situation
    May 29, 2012
    Tips for Any Outdoor Situation

    Good fortune favors the well-prepared. Severe weather, wild animals, rugged terrain, and equipment failure all conspire to create or complicate medical hardships that must be diagnosed swiftly and rem…

    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…

    Mosquito Fast Facts
    June 17, 2010
    Mosquito Fast Facts

    Mosquitoes bite infants and children more than any other insect. Mosquitoes can transmit dangerous blood-borne illnesses including West Nile Virus, malaria, encephalitis and many other diseases. (more…

    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…

    Don’t Shield Yourself from the Truth: Uncovering the Myths about Safe Sunscreen
    May 11, 2010
    Don’t Shield Yourself from the Truth: Uncovering the Myths about Safe Sunscreen

    Today we’re going to define some terms and talk about some of the ugly truths about the sunscreen industry.  Some of it may seem familiar, but read carefully – those labels can be pretty tricky.…

    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…

    Get Your Kids Up and Moving
    February 3, 2009
    Get Your Kids Up and Moving

    We all know about the importance of fitting exercise into our daily lives. However, millions of Americans still do not get exercise regularly. With the obesity epidemic all around us, it is time for e…

    Getting Enough of the Sunshine Vitamin
    November 15, 2008
    Getting Enough of the Sunshine Vitamin

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recently doubled their recommended daily amount of vitamin D for our kids – and many kids weren’t getting enough even before this change. The more closely we loo…

    Doubling Vitamin D
    October 13, 2008
    Doubling Vitamin D

    Today at our annual meeting in Boston, the American Academy of Pediatrics doubled the recommended amount of vitamin D that children get each day to 400 IU, in response to mounting evidence of the life…

    More Vitamin D Benefits
    July 10, 2008
    More Vitamin D Benefits

    Some Seek Guidelines to Reflect Vitamin D's Benefits - washingtonpost.com This was an interesting article in the Washington Post (link above). It discusses both reasons for excitement and reasons for…

    Soccer and Weight Loss
    March 19, 2008
    Soccer and Weight Loss

    A fun, practical, affordable way to help overweight kids? My friend and colleague, Dana Weintraub, MD, from the Division of General Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Lucile …