Girl washing her hands at a kitchen sink.
    September 22, 2014
    Back to School: Natural Solutions for Staying Well

    [caption id="attachment_49053" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by Nick Nguyen[/caption]   Summer is over!  Kids are back in school...which means everyone is going to get sick.  Right?!  I…

    Reporting Behaviors of Concern
    April 18, 2014
    Reporting Behaviors of Concern

    Yesterday we talked about specific behaviors of concern that may tell you that someone is sexually abusing or being abused. Now we’re going to talk about what to do if you see a behavior of concern …

    two little girls playing doctor
    April 17, 2014
    Child Sexual Abuse – The Warning Signs

    Adult sexual abusers groom children (and their parents) rather methodically. By paying attention to warning signs, adults can disrupt behaviors of concern. Behaviors of Concern in Adults Pay attention…

    Choosing Safe Caregivers
    April 16, 2014
    Choosing Safe Caregivers

    In most cases of child sexual abuse, the abuser is alone with the child, has authority over the child, and takes advantage of the child’s trust. With this in mind, how can you choose safe authority …

    Courageous Conversations
    April 15, 2014
    Courageous Conversations – Speaking up for Children

    When I started doing prevention education in the 1980’s, the focus was on empowering kids to say “No” should they find themselves in a vulnerable situation. At some point, however, it became cle…

    Top Ten Sports-Related Head Injuries
    April 8, 2014
    Top Ten Sports-Related Head Injuries

    The issue of head injuries among professional football players has been in the news recently, with the NFL hit by a series of lawsuits brought by players who accuse the organization of covering up the…

    The State of Head Trauma Among Student Athletes
    April 7, 2014
    The State of Head Trauma Among Student Athletes

    Participating in sports can add an important dimension to a child’s life. In addition to boosting self-confidence and fostering a lifelong interest in physical fitness, lessons learned on the playin…

    When Diabetes Strikes
    August 23, 2013
    When Diabetes Strikes: A Mother and Doctor Shares Her Personal Experience With Childhood Diabetes

    As a pediatric specialist, and mother to a child who was diagnosed with diabetes at a young age, I have a deep understanding of how parents strive to do everything they can to help their children. I a…

    Making Sure A Childs Medical Needs Are Met
    August 22, 2013
    Making Sure A Child’s Medical Needs Are Met During School Hours

    One of the hardest things to do as a parent of a child with an illness is to let go of control and have faith that the other adults in their life will take good care of them. This is especially diffic…

    From Serious Illness to Playtime
    August 21, 2013
    From Serious Illness to Playtime! Maintaining A Sense of Wonderment After Your Child Falls Ill

    When a child falls ill, they are thrust into an adult world of doctor’s appointments, injections, medications and hospitals. Oftentimes a child struggling with illness doesn’t have enough energy t…

    Your Childs Illness
    August 20, 2013
    Explaining Your Child’s Illness to School Administrators and Classmates

    So your child has been diagnosed with an illness – you’ve helped them learn all there is to know about their treatment and have set up a routine to ensure they are managing their symptoms. But you…

    Going Back to School With A Serious Illness
    August 19, 2013
    More Than Just The Sniffles: Going Back to School With A Serious Illness

    Going back to school after 3 long months of beaches, popsicles, fireworks and freedom can be a difficult transition for even the healthiest child but for a child dealing with a new diagnosis, going ba…

    Food Allergies A Bigger Problem Than Previously Reported
    June 20, 2011
    Food Allergies A Bigger Problem Than Previously Reported

    If it seems like nowadays there’s someone in every school classrooms with a food allergy, that’s because almost 1 in 12 kids today have food allergies – and 1 in 32 have serious food allergies, …

    Secondhand Smoke and Kids’ Sleep
    January 22, 2010
    Secondhand Smoke and Kids’ Sleep

    Who would want to give their children nightmares? Or night terrors? Who wants to make bedtime battles worse? Who would want to make it take longer for their children to fall asleep once they get in be…

    Pomegranate Juice Prevents Early Puberty?
    January 8, 2010
    Pomegranate Juice Prevents Early Puberty?

    Recent headlines have trumpeted an exciting study about how pomegranate juice may prove very useful at preventing and even treating breast cancer. In test tubes, it’s proven quite effective against …

    Cholesterol, Drugs, and Kids
    July 9, 2008
    Cholesterol, Drugs, and Kids

    Controversial new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics call for more children to get their cholesterol checked, starting as young as age 2, and for some kids to be started on statin drug…

    Stress, Asthma, and 6 Weeks Later!
    December 6, 2004
    Stress, Asthma, and 6 Weeks Later!

    Bouts of asthma come and go, brought on by various triggers. How might stressful life events affect asthma attacks? To find out, researchers tracked the frequency and severity of asthma attacks in sch…

    Your Child’s Brain
    March 11, 2003
    Your Child’s Brain

    March 10 to 16 is Brain Awareness Week. One important way to take care of your child’s brain is to protect it from injury. Thankfully, wearing helmets has become common and cool while riding bikes. …

    Higher Fiber, Later Periods
    June 10, 2002
    Higher Fiber, Later Periods

    Girls who eat foods rich in fiber can reduce their risk of having their first period early by almost 50 percent, according to a study published in the April 2002 issue of Public Health Nutrition. (mor…

    Roller Coasters, Amusement Parks, Injuries, and Neurologic Damage
    January 17, 2002
    Roller Coasters, Amusement Parks, Injuries, and Neurologic Damage

    Roller coasters are fun! Nevertheless, a study in the January 2002 issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine reported a disturbing trend in the rate of thrill ride injuries. (more…)…