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 …

    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 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…

    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…

    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.…

    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 …

    Guess I'll Go Eat Worms
    February 22, 2006
    Guess I’ll Go Eat Worms

    One month after eating an earthworm on a dare, a 16-year-old girl developed a fever and nausea that lasted about 2 or 3 days, along with some mild swelling around her eyes. These symptoms went away, b…

    Mosquito Bite Protection Important for West Nile Virus
    May 2, 2005
    Mosquito Bite Protection Important for West Nile Virus

    Organic, all natural, bug repellant? Oil of lemon eucalyptus, a natural, plant-based repellant is one of the repellant options newly recommended in 2005 by the CDC for mosquito protection in the Unite…

    Playgrounds, Arsenic, and a Simple “Must”
    October 11, 2004
    Playgrounds, Arsenic, and a Simple “Must”

    There is a simple way to protect your children from the arsenic commonly found in playgrounds… Wait a minute! There’s arsenic in playgrounds?!? The United States Environmental Protection Agency (E…

    The How and When of Skin Protection
    August 18, 2004
    The How and When of Skin Protection

    How and when sun damage occurs to children's skin may surprise you. Many parents know that in the United States alone more than 1 million skin cancers are diagnosed in adults each year, resulting from…

    Using DEET on Children
    June 14, 2004
    Using DEET on Children

    The recommendations for kids' using insect repellants containing DEET have changed, allowing higher concentrations than before. Within the last year, the Committee on Environmental Health of the Ameri…

    West Nile Virus 2004
    June 11, 2004
    West Nile Virus 2004

    Along with nice weather, West Nile virus is arriving for the summer. On June 8, the first 2004 case of West Nile virus in California was reported. Other cases had already been found in people in Arizo…

    Sticks and Stones, or Soda and TV?
    September 19, 2003
    Sticks and Stones, or Soda and TV?

    Kids are breaking their bones in unprecedented numbers. From the early 1970’s to the early 2000’s, broken forearms in children have increased by a striking 40 percent, according to data published …

    Sunshine: Too Much, Too Little, or Just Right
    August 13, 2003
    Sunshine: Too Much, Too Little, or Just Right

    Sun exposure during childhood, especially between 6 and 15 years of age appears to protect people from later developing multiple sclerosis, according to a study in the August 9, 2003 British Medical J…

    Helmet Fit and Condition
    August 6, 2003
    Helmet Fit and Condition

    Shoes protect the feet; helmets protect the head. Helmets can be very effective at preventing serious head injuries, but nevertheless, head injury during active play remains a leading cause of death a…

    Summer Is Heating Up!
    July 31, 2003
    Summer Is Heating Up!

    It’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere – and hot, really hot, in many areas.  We are warm-blooded. Our bodies produce heat. When a muscle contracts, only about 25 percent of the energy is used fo…