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Urgent Care vs. the Emergency Room: What’s the Difference?

Sep 25, 2017

Knowing where to go when you are sick or after an accident can sometimes be tricky, especially when you need help after hours. Should you go to an urgent care center or emergency room? Read more... Source: The... [ learn more ]

5 Ways to Banish Homework Battles

Sep 23, 2017

When it comes to completing homework, the daily task can prompt complaints, procrastination and even arguments from a child. The best way for parents to avoid this struggle: a proactive approach grounded in routine. Read more... Source: The University... [ learn more ]

We Will Miss You Dr G!

Sep 18, 2017

Sadly, Dr. Roland Gutierrez ("Dr. G.") will be leaving Pediatric Partners at the end of the month to move to Central Florida to care for his elderly parents. Dr. G. has been a valuable member of our family and our... [ learn more ]

What Happens When You Get a Concussion — and What Happens Next

Apr 29, 2017

A Michigan Medicine neurologist shares the right way to heal a ‘rebooting’ brain. When an unexpected injury to the head or neck occurs, whether from a sporting injury, car accident or some other collision, a concussion may result. Concussions are traumatic brain... [ learn more ]

Why Your Medicine Cabinet Needs a ‘Spring Cleaning’ This Saturday

Apr 28, 2017

A national event encouraging prescription drug disposal returns this weekend. A Michigan Medicine physician explains the benefits of timely cabinet cleanses and safe storage. Children are often the victims of accidental misuse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more... [ learn more ]

Updated AAP Guidelines on Safe Sleep for Prevention of SIDS

Feb 10, 2017

Federal health agencies have announced their support of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated guidelines on safe sleep in infants. One of the most notable changes is the recommendation that children sleep in the same room, but not in the... [ learn more ]

Before Saying ‘Time Out,’ Praise Good Behavior with a ‘Time-In’

Feb 08, 2017

Yes, it’s important to call out children’s bad behavior. But it’s crucial to acknowledge their positive actions, too. Read more... Source: U of M Healthblog... [ learn more ]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Preventing Peanut Allergies in Babies

Feb 07, 2017

Scientists say early and consistent feeding of peanuts can help prevent peanut allergies in children. A food allergy expert explains what parents should know. Read more... Source: U of M Halthblog... [ learn more ]

Reasons to get a good night's sleep

Jan 22, 2017

The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique organ receives and, perhaps more importantly, rids itself of vital nutrients? New research... [ learn more ]

Technology in bedrooms tied to sleep problems in children

Jan 20, 2017

Placing TV sets, smartphones and game consoles in bedrooms can make children anxious as well as sleep deprived, a Canadian study in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology showed. Technology in children's bedrooms "sets up the brain to see the room... [ learn more ]

A child psychologist argues punishment is a waste of time

Jan 19, 2017

The way to get rid of a child's negative behavior is not punishment. Read more...... [ learn more ]

Swaddling may put babies at greater risk of hip dysplasia, expert warns

Jan 19, 2017

The traditional practice of swaddling babies is gaining popularity, but Nicholas Clarke of University Hospital Southampton in the U.K. said if the technique is not done properly, it could result in a congenital disorder called developmental dysplasia of the hip.... [ learn more ]

AAP: When Your Kids Should — and Shouldn't — Use Digital Media

Nov 03, 2016

In a new position statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics explains how parents and children should use digital devices. New guidelines announced by the American Academy of Pediatrics say parents need to pay attention not only to the amount of time... [ learn more ]

Want to Help Your Teen Eat Healthy? Don’t Use the Word ‘Diet’

Oct 20, 2016

Getting adolescents to eat better and exercise can be a delicate dance. But there are simple steps parents can take to make wellness a family affair. Read more... Source: The University of Michigan Health Blog... [ learn more ]

Sore Throat Relief the Natural Way

Oct 17, 2016

Sore throats can make us cranky and uncomfortable, and since viruses are the major cause of sore throats, there are no medications to make sore throats go away quickly.  However, there are certain natural remedies that will make your sore throat... [ learn more ]

Developmental Milestones: Birth to 12 Months

Oct 16, 2016

Babies develop at different rates but certain milestones should be achieved by certain ages.  Here is our guide to developmental milestons of your child. Newborn to 2 monthsThe first two months of your baby’s life is a time of adjustment... [ learn more ]

Hearing Milestones

Oct 15, 2016

In Florida, newborns receive a hearing test right after birth, so you will know if your baby's hearing is normal shortly after he or she is born. Sometimes, hearing problems emerge over time though, so it is good to know... [ learn more ]

Childhood Constipation

Oct 14, 2016

Constipation, defined as hard or infrequent bowel movements (3 or less a week), is a very common phenomenon during childhood. The most likely cause is diet, although some children inherently have a slow peristalsis leading to constipation. There are many... [ learn more ]

Time-outs 101

Oct 13, 2016

Time-outs are really an extension of the removing-your-child-from-the situation tool. The idea is get your child away from a situation that has spiraled out of control and give her time to collect herself. Read more...... [ learn more ]

School Night Bedtime Tips Every Parent Should Know

Sep 13, 2016

A few more hours of shut-eye can make a big difference for kids, especially during back-to-school season. Poor sleeping habits can have far worse effects on children and adolescents than just irritability or a rash of midmorning yawns. Read... [ learn more ]

Alternative Vaccine Schedule Doctor Faces the Loss of His Medical License

Sep 13, 2016

Dr. Bob Sears, an Orange County pediatrician and nationally known critic of vaccination laws, faces the loss of his medical license after the state medical board accused him of improperly excusing a toddler from immunization and endangering both the child... [ learn more ]

5 Signs Your Child Might Have Vision Problems

Sep 12, 2016

Uncorrected vision issues can interfere with a child’s ability to learn, which might lead to academic struggles or behavioral problems. That’s why parents should learn to spot warning signs of poor vision, says Christopher Gappy, M.D., a pediatric ophthalmologist at the... [ learn more ]

Tips for introducing pets to a new baby

Jul 30, 2016

Timid canines in most cases “want nothing to do with babies,” while other pups could be overly excitable when faced with an infant. Some might even show aggression toward, say, a toddler with a tendency to tug on ears or... [ learn more ]

Our Nurse Practitioner got Published!

Jul 29, 2016

All Smiles: How to Prevent Tooth Decay by Monika Pis, PhD, CPNP Since the state of your children’s teeth and gums reflects their overall health, it’s important to establish good dental care as early as possible. However, if you have not already... [ learn more ]

Raising a Truthful Child

Jul 29, 2016

All kids sometimes lie to their parents. The most common reason is to avoid punishment for a deliberate or accidental misdeed. Another common motive is to obtain some reward or benefit not otherwise obtainable. There are also lies to protect... [ learn more ]

Brain Fitness

Jun 12, 2016

While the World Health Organization recommends that people get no more than 10% (or even 5%) of their daily calories from sugar, kids typically eat more. In some countries, much more1. In the United States, for example, the average preschooler... [ learn more ]

Gum Disease Might Harm More Than Your Teeth

Jun 04, 2016

Gingivitis, the common gum disease, might be associated with esophageal cancer, according to a recent study. Read more... Source: The University of Michigan... [ learn more ]

What Parents Should Know About Safe Swaddling

Jun 03, 2016

Swaddling, when done properly, can be a key sleep aid for infants. A recent analysis could wrongly push parents away from the practice. Read more... Source: The University of Michigan... [ learn more ]

A Fun Way to Ease Kids’ Anxiety About Medical Procedures

Jun 02, 2016

Children might feel nervous or scared in health care settings. A simple solution? Play. Read more... Source: The University of Michigan... [ learn more ]

What Science Says About Letting Your Baby ‘Cry It Out’

Jun 01, 2016

Letting a baby cry itself to sleep has been viewed as cruel or even dangerous by some parents due to fears that such nighttime turmoil could raise an infant’s stress levels and provoke future behavioral problems. But moms and dads needn’t... [ learn more ]

How Diet Influences Mood and Mental Health

May 31, 2016

Brains do not live in a vacuum; they play by the same rules as other organs in your body when it comes to being healthy. It is important to understand the interaction between the body and the brain. We still... [ learn more ]

The Ugly Truth About Makeup

May 18, 2016

Did you know that that there are about 126 chemicals in 12 personal care products?  And the average person uses abut 30 personal care products, such as shampoos, hair conditioners, make-up daily... Janet Nudelman, Breast Cancer Fund's Director of Program and... [ learn more ]

Language Milestones

May 17, 2016

Developing language skills and the growth of cognitive abilities allow children to interact with the surrounding world. Language development begins before birth as the baby perceives the sounds of the womb. There is evidence that the baby possesses receptive language ability... [ learn more ]

Poor diet may increase risk of mental health problems in children

May 16, 2016

Yet another stury showed a link between bad diet and behavioral issues and possibly mental health issues in children. Findings of this study of 83,000 children revealed that an unhealthy diet was connected to poor mental health, such as anxiety,... [ learn more ]

Breath-holding spells in toddlerhood

May 15, 2016

Breath-holding spells are common in toddler-hood. They may be the result of conflict, frustration, or anger. Although they are frightening to watch for parents, generally they have no serious health consequences. What is a breath-holding spell?A breath-holding spell is when... [ learn more ]

Life is Better with Teeth!

May 13, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics is a partner in the Campaign for Dental Health that was created to ensure every American has access to the cheapest, most effective way to protect teeth -- water fluoridation. Visit the website for... [ learn more ]

Read for pleasure, do better in school!

May 11, 2016

According to a study of 6,000 children by the Institute of Education at London University, reading for pleasure was more important to a child's development than how educated their parents were. Th eresearchers found that children who were regular readers at... [ learn more ]

Five Reasons to Stop Saying "Good Job!"

May 10, 2016

Hang out at a playground, visit a school, or show up at a child’s birthday party, and there’s one phrase you can count on hearing repeatedly: "Good job!" Even tiny infants are praised for smacking their hands together ("Good clapping!").... [ learn more ]

Dental Q & A

May 09, 2016

Did you know that tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in the U.S.? It is five times as widespread as asthma and seven times as common as hay fever — but the good news is that tooth... [ learn more ]

Is sugar toxic?

May 08, 2016

Did you know that an average American consumes 130 punds of sugar a year?  It is 1/3 of a pound of sugar a day! Listen to the iterview with Dr. Rober Lustig, a pediadric endocrinologist, in which he explains why eating... [ learn more ]

Practicing Healthy Discipline

May 07, 2016

The emotional health of the whole family depends on understanding, respect, and good relationships among family members. To develop good relationships, parents need to instruct their children (from infancy) how to control their behaviors to assure family harmony. This system... [ learn more ]

CDC warns of Cronobacter in powdered milk, infant formula

May 06, 2016

In a refreshed warning this week, the government discusses Cronobacter contamination, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminded consumers is sometimes found in powdered infant formulas, and to a lesser degree herbal teas, starches and powdered milk. Adults don’t... [ learn more ]

Should You Shun Saturated Fat to Prevent A Heart Attack?

Apr 26, 2016

Do you worry about your cholesterol levels? Have you followed the nutrition advice of the American Heart Association to ban butter, embrace margarine, avoid eggs and use vegetable oil as your cooking fat? The diet-heart hypothesis, which holds that saturated fat... [ learn more ]

Invest in our children to create better future

Mar 22, 2016

Written by Tommy Schechtman, MD. Original article published in Palm Beach Post. A number of children still don’t have access to quality health care. More than 377,000 Florida children are uninsured, and about 28,673 of those children live in Palm... [ learn more ]

High Fructose Corn Syrup and the Brain

Feb 25, 2016

Excessive alcohol use can cause fat accumulation in the liver. Ultimately, This accumulation of fat may lead to liver failure that may actually prove fatal. But it turns out, that there is another form of fat accumulation in the liver that... [ learn more ]

Bullying is not OK!

Feb 16, 2016

Bullying is when one child picks on another child again and again. Usually children who are being bullied are either weaker or smaller, are shy, and generally feel helpless. Facts About BullyingBoth girls and boys can be bullies.Bullies target... [ learn more ]

Heart Disease: Reduce Your Child's Risk

Feb 15, 2016

Heredity is clearly an important risk factor for conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. However, researchers are steadily gathering strong evidence about how diet influence development of diseases. Experts agree that healthy eating habits from an early age... [ learn more ]

To praise or not to praise?

Feb 14, 2016

Praise trains children to depend on constant feedback regarding what a “great job” they are doing. This dependency shatters rather than builds a child’s self-esteem.Praise trains children to inquire, “Do you like it?” “Did I do a good job?”... [ learn more ]

How to Raise Emotionally Strong Boys

Feb 13, 2016

How do we help our boys express their feelings and grow up to be unafraid of them? How do we help them understand that they can be masculine — and have feelings too? How do we help them survive the... [ learn more ]

How to raise kind children

Feb 12, 2016

Harvard researchers have mapped the five child-rearing techniques you need to raise kind kids Read more...... [ learn more ]

Raising a Powerful Girl

Feb 10, 2016

How do you raise a powerful girl and what does that mean? Read more... Source: PBS... [ learn more ]

Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

Feb 08, 2016

Heavy use of electronic media can have significant negative effects on children’s behavior, health and school performance. Those who watch a lot of simulated violence, common in many popular video games, can become immune to it, more inclined to act... [ learn more ]

Harnessing the Incredible Learning Potential of the Adolescent Brain

Jan 19, 2016

Because the brain is still developing during adolescence, it has incredible plasticity. It’s akin to the first five years of life, when a child’s brain is growing and developing new pathways all the time in response to experiences. Adult brains... [ learn more ]

Traditional Toys May Beat Gadgets in Language Development

Jan 18, 2016

Baby laptops, baby cellphones, talking farms — these are the whirring, whiz-bang toys of the moment, many of them marketed as tools to encourage babies’ language skills. A new study raises questions about whether such electronic playthings make it less likely... [ learn more ]

Helping Toddlers Understand Their Emotions

Jan 17, 2016

A critical first step in helping your child learn to cope with her feelings is not to fear the feelings, but embrace them—all of them. Feelings aren’t right or wrong, they just are. Sadness and joy, anger and love, can... [ learn more ]

FDA to bar teens from indoor tanning: What parents need to know

Dec 30, 2015

Teens may sulk, but doctors are applauding proposed new rules that would bar anyone under 18 from using a tanning bed. "Children will be safer and healthier for it," Dr. Sandra G. Hassink, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said... [ learn more ]

Identity and Emotion Central to Motivating the Teen Brain

Dec 16, 2015

For years, common experience and studies have prescribed that humans learn best in their earliest years of life – when the brain is developing at its fastest. Recently, though, research has suggested that the period of optimal learning extends well... [ learn more ]

Amber Teething Necklaces Pose Choking Hazard

Dec 09, 2015

Baltic amber necklaces, as they are known, have become popular as an alternative treatment to ease teething pain in infantBut...s and toddlers in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and, increasingly, the United States. Retailers claim that when warmed by the baby’s... [ learn more ]

Preventing HPV-related cancers

Dec 05, 2015

Cancer cells themselves aren’t contagious among humans, as far as we know. But some contagious viruses, including human papillomaviruses (HPVs), can persist in tissues and eventually cause cancer or other diseases. In fact, HPVs are the only known cause of... [ learn more ]

Why to Avoid TV Before Age 2

Dec 03, 2015

Parents are often shocked when I tell them that pediatricians think it’s a bad idea for children to watch TV before age 2. Surveys tell us about 40% of infants are watching some sort of video by age 5 months,... [ learn more ]

Tablets and Smartphones: Not for Babies

Dec 02, 2015

Many babies and toddlers absolutely love playing with touch-screen technology—and it’s no wonder! The touch screen provides instant gratification with its cool images, movements, and sounds appealing to their senses. Understandably, many parents are thrilled with this interactive technology because,... [ learn more ]

How to Respond to Toddler's Irrational Behavior

Nov 18, 2015

Amelia, told that she can’t have a fifth book before bedtime, shouts: “You are the meanest mommy! You are not invited to my birthday party!” Derek, when offered a choice between carrots and cheese, not ice cream, before dinner announces:... [ learn more ]

Why to Avoid TV Before Age 2

Nov 17, 2015

Parents are often shocked when they learn that pediatricians think it’s a bad idea for children to watch TV before age 2. Surveys tell us about 40% of infants are watching some sort of video by age 5 months, and... [ learn more ]

Foods Causing The Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Nov 04, 2015

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the U.S. in the past 30 years, and other industrialized countries, such as Canada and the UK aren’t far behind. While we are quick to point the finger at fast food and soda... [ learn more ]

How to improve you child's sugar level and blood pressure

Nov 01, 2015

Type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease are now being diagnosed in many children, probably as a consequence of the obesity epidemic. Scientists have just discovered that removing much of the sugar from youngsters’ diets, even if calories and... [ learn more ]

Benefits of Mediterranean Diet

Oct 28, 2015

The Mediterranean diet has certainly garnered a lot of attention, and with good reason. Adherence to this way of eating has been clearly associated with reduced risk for a variety of medical conditions including coronary heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer,... [ learn more ]

Hippotherapy: A new therapy for autism

Oct 19, 2015

The word hippotherapy is derived from the Greek word "hippo," which means "horse." It describes physical, occupational, or speech therapy that uses the multidimensional movement of a walking horse to stimulate the rider and help enhance balance, good posture, mobility,... [ learn more ]

Introduction of solid food to babies

Oct 19, 2015

When an infant doubles her birth weight, weighs over 13 pounds, lifts and supports her head, may seem to be hungry after 8-10 breast-feedings, or ingests over 40 ounces of formula a day, she may be ready to start eating... [ learn more ]

Infant botulism

Oct 17, 2015

Most infant botulism cases cannot be prevented because the bacteria that causes this disease is found in soil and dust. The bacteria can be found inside homes on floors, carpet, and countertops even after cleaning. Honey can contain the bacteria... [ learn more ]

Myths about Flu vaccine you don't need to fear

Oct 16, 2015

Brace yourself: the flu season is here! Many people underestimate the health risks from flu. Thousands of Americans die from flu-related complications in a typical year, and last season's H1N1 strain hit young adults particularly hard. Flu and pneumonia combined consistently rank... [ learn more ]

Influenza Survival Guide

Oct 15, 2015

Influenza is the most common disease in the U.S. that can be prevented by vaccination. Yet, 5-20% of the population (about 15-60 million people) come down with this potentially life threatening respiratory illness. Annually, there are approximately 36,00 deaths related... [ learn more ]

Boost your immune system this flu season!

Oct 04, 2015

With the flu season upon us, all of us should take steps to get our immune systems ready to fend off germs. Boosting your immune system is a very good idea if you want to stay cold- and flu-free. Let’s... [ learn more ]

Decorative contact lenses are dangerous

Oct 03, 2015

Halloween is a popular time for people to use decorative contact lenses. But obtaining decorative lenses, including colored contacts and novelty or costume lenses, without a prescription is dangerous. The AAP Section on Ophthalmology is working to warn parents and... [ learn more ]

Understanding your Child's Temperament

Oct 01, 2015

Every child is born with his own individual way of approaching the world—a temperament. Generally, there are five characteristics that describe an individual’s temperament: Emotional intensity Activity level Frustration tolerance Reaction to new people Reaction to change Read more...... [ learn more ]

Children and Media: Tips for Parents

Sep 30, 2015

In a world where children are "growing up digital," it's important to help them learn healthy concepts of digital use and citizenship. Parents play an important role in teaching these skills. Here are a few tips from the American Academy... [ learn more ]

Get your flu vaccine!

Sep 29, 2015

Prevention is the best medicine, so schedule an appointment to get the flu vaccinne for you and your child! Children 6 months through 2 years and older children with certain health conditions may receive the flu shot. Children 2 years old and... [ learn more ]

How to Raise a Caring Child

Sep 29, 2015

Children certainly learn about kindness from receiving it and from watching other people do it, but that’s often not enough. To help our children learn to be kind, we also need to address some of the barriers that get in... [ learn more ]

Walk-in early morning appointments for urgent matters

Sep 29, 2015

Did you child wake up with a sore throat or an ear ache?  Come to the Kids Express M-F in our Jupiter office 7:30-8:30 and in Boca 8:00-8:30. No appointment needed! ... [ learn more ]

10 Facts Every Parent Should Know about Their Teen's Brain

Sep 02, 2015

They are dramatic, irrational and scream for seemingly no reason. And they have a deep need for both greater independence and tender loving care. There is a reason this description could be used for either teens or toddlers: After infancy, the... [ learn more ]

The Drug Talk: 7 New Tips for Today's Parents

Sep 01, 2015

Parents looking to talk to their children about drugs may recall the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Reinforcement Education) programs taught in schools. But after a generation of D.A.R.E. graduates, studies found that "just saying no" didn't stop enough teens from doing... [ learn more ]

Parents: Talk About Alcohol When Kids Are 9

Aug 31, 2015

Parents should start talking to their children about alcohol at age 9, says a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics aimed at preventing binge drinking in young people. Read more...... [ learn more ]

Natural relief of PMS

Aug 28, 2015

If you or your daughter fight PMS every month, read on! Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) has a wide variety of symptoms such as mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability and depression.  These symptoms reoccur in a predictable pattern, usually a... [ learn more ]

Insect Repellents

Aug 27, 2015

Mosquitoes, biting flies, and tick bites can make children miserable. While most children have only mild reactions to insect bites, some children can become very sick. One way to protect your child from biting insects is to use insect repellents. However,... [ learn more ]

Recipe For Strong Teen Bones: Exercise, Calcium And Vitamin D

Aug 26, 2015

At age 9, the bones start a big growth spurt. And by the time puberty ends, around 14 or 15 years old, the adult-sized skeleton is all but done, about 90 percent complete. But doctors say a lot of children aren't... [ learn more ]

Adolescent physical development

Aug 24, 2015

Appearance becomes critical in adolescence, and for many, new development may be imagined worse than it really is. Adolescents are extremely self-conscious and sensitive to changes in their appearance. They worry about the changes they notice in their bodies, so it... [ learn more ]

Milestones of Adolescence

Aug 23, 2015

Adolescence is the developmental phase between childhood and adulthood characterized by rapid changes in physical, psychosocial, moral, and cognitive growth. There are 3 stages of adolescence: early (11-13 years), mid (14-16 years), and late (>17 years). Each of these stages... [ learn more ]

Routine Childhood Vaccines are Safe

Aug 22, 2015

Routine vaccines for children aged 6 or younger are safe and not linked to increased odds of autism or leukemia, according to an analysis published in the journal Pediatrics and commissioned by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Researchers... [ learn more ]

Sun protection is important from birth!

Aug 21, 2015

Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Kids don’t have to be at the pool, beach, or on vacation to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s... [ learn more ]

We Offer Speech-Language and Feeding Therapy!

Aug 20, 2015

Pediatric Partners offers speech-language and feeding therapy!  Please welcome the new memeber of our team: Laura LePorin, MS, CCC-SLP, a licensed speech-language pathotologist. A dedicated speech-language pathologist and mom of two, Laura has an extensive background in pediatric speech-language pathology and has... [ learn more ]

Welcome Dr. Toborek!

Jul 16, 2015

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Agata Toborek to our Pediatric Partners’ family! Dr. Toborek is well trained in all aspects of pediatrics but has a particular love and interest in adolescent medicine. Please extend your welcome when you see her! ... [ learn more ]

Asbestos Found in Common Children's Toys

Jul 09, 2015

Asbestos fibers have been found in crayons and other toys sold in the United States, according to a new report from an environmental health advocacy group. Read more... Source: MPR... [ learn more ]

Water Safety: Tips for Parents of Young Children

Jun 23, 2015

Water is one of the most ominous hazards your child will encounter. Young children can drown in only a few inches of water, even if they've had swimming instruction. Swimming Lessons Are Not a Way to Prevent Drowning in Young Children. ... [ learn more ]

Is There An Unlocked Gun Where Your Child Plays?

Jun 22, 2015

About one-third of homes with kids have guns, many left unlocked or loaded. Just talking to your child about the dangers of firearms is not enough. Children are naturally curious. If a gun is accessible in someone's home, there is... [ learn more ]

How to Build an Essential Summer First Aid Kit

Jun 21, 2015

Every year the summer arrives with full force in my ER: cuts, ticks, poison ivy, infected bug bites, sunburns, eye injuries, broken bones, and all other kinds of summer fun gone wrong. Luckily, you can easily treat or prevent much... [ learn more ]

What Babies Understand About Adult Sadness

Jun 16, 2015

Babies tend to wear their hearts on their tiny little sleeves. They cry because you took away that thing they picked up off the floor and then put in their mouths. They cry because they're tired. Sometimes, they cry just... [ learn more ]

Hurricane Preparedness: Tips for Families

Jun 15, 2015

Hurricane Preparedness: Tips for Families Source: AAP... [ learn more ]

Sun Safety

Jun 14, 2015

It's good for children and adults to spend time playing and exercising outdoors, and it's important to do so safely. Simple Rules to Protect your Family from Sunburns. Read more... Source: AAP... [ learn more ]

How to Remove a Tick

Jun 04, 2015

Most tick bites are harmless.  The spread of disease by ticks is rare.If the tick is still attached to the skin, it will need to be removed.Covering the tick with petroleum jelly, nail polish, or rubbing alcohol doesn't... [ learn more ]

Melanoma Rates Way Up Among Young People in U.S.

Jun 03, 2015

Melanoma, the potentially deadly skin cancer, has increased by 250 percent among U.S. children and young adults since the 1970s, researchers report. "The reality is that melanoma is the third most common cancer in those 15 to 39 years old, and... [ learn more ]

After Measles, Children Remain Vulnerable to Other Potentially Deadly Infections

May 12, 2015

Children who survive a measles infection remain vulnerable to other potentially deadly infections for as long as two or three years after the measles infection, according to research published in the May 8 issue of Science.   So, to protect your... [ learn more ]

Measles erases immune protection to other diseases, scientist say

May 11, 2015

Michael Mina, a postdoc in biology at Princeton Unicersity with a team of scientists from Princeton University and Emory University obtained epidemiological data from the U.S., Denmark, Wales and England dating back to the 1940s. Using computer models, they found that the... [ learn more ]

12 Tips for Teaching Children Gratitude

May 10, 2015

Tired of bickering, jealousy, and selfishness? Kids are naturally materialistic and self-serving– but the good news is that gratitude can be taught. And from gratitude flows joy. Read more... By: Kathleen Berchelmann M.D., FAAP ... [ learn more ]

How to Make a Family Media Use Plan

May 09, 2015

From TV to smartphones to social media, our lives are dominated by 24/7 media exposure. Despite this, many children and teens have few rules around their media use. While media consumption by itself is not the leading cause of any health... [ learn more ]

MMR does not increase risk of autism

Apr 21, 2015

According to a new study of more than 95,000 children, the MMR vaccine does not increase risk fo autism. Read more...... [ learn more ]

Time to Get Your School Physical!

Apr 20, 2015

The new school year will be here before you know it.  Get ready by scheduling your child's school physical this spring.  Get it out of the way and you will avoid the right-before-school-starts rush. Call 561-741-000 to schedule your child's... [ learn more ]

Child Immunization Schedule: Why Is It Like That?

Apr 20, 2015

Have ever wandered about: 1. Who decides what immunizations children need? 2. How are the timing and spacing of the shots determined? 3. Why are there so many doses? 4. Why is the schedule “one size fits all?” Aren’t there some children who shouldn’t receive some  ... [ learn more ]

Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn

Apr 18, 2015

When students use their bodies in the learning process, it can have a big effect, even if it seems silly or unconnected to the learning goal at hand. Researchers have found that when students use their bodies while doing mathematical... [ learn more ]

How to Set Goals You Can Reach

Apr 17, 2015

Setting health goals is important, but how you set them is just as important!  Here are some hints to help you set your goals. 1. Goals should be realistic Any goal you set needs to be possible for you.  If you want... [ learn more ]

Calming a fussy baby

Apr 16, 2015

What is the best way to calm a fussy or colicky baby? The following are ways you can try to comfort a crying baby... read more...  Source: AAP... [ learn more ]

What is heard immunity?

Apr 15, 2015

The term “herd immunity” refers to a means of protecting a whole community from disease by immunizing a critical mass of its populace. Vaccination protects more than just the vaccinated person. By breaking the chain of an infection’s transmission, vaccination... [ learn more ]

Immunity and Vaccines Explained

Apr 14, 2015

Our bodies are bombarded by bacteria and viruses. For those that make their way inside, our immune system is on guard, waiting not only to kill the invaders but also to create memory cells that will help defeat them more... [ learn more ]

The Deadliest Contagious Diseases

Apr 13, 2015

According to WHO, pneumonia is the world's leading killer of children, "more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined".  In 2012 alone, 1.1 million of U.S. children died of pneumonia. The good news is that vaccinations can prevent the disease. ... [ learn more ]

Botanical treatments in skin conditions

Apr 12, 2015

Do home remedies have a role in skin care? Dan Siegel, MD, Daniel Mark Siegel, MD, MS, Clinical Professor of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate and Director of the Procedural Dermatology Fellowship, says that dermatologists can find a lot of medicinal uses... [ learn more ]

Developmental Milestones: 18 to 24 Months

Apr 10, 2015

Between 18 and 24 months of age, toddlers seek independence and want to be in control. No wonder that their favorite words are 'me' and 'mine!' Toddlers do not understand the concept of sharing, so instead of expecting your child to... [ learn more ]

Homemade baby food

Apr 08, 2015

Preparing baby foods at home helps to integrate preparation of your infant’s meals into preparation of meals for the rest of the family. By making baby foods yourself, you will be in control of the quality of nutrients that your... [ learn more ]

Kids and TV

Apr 07, 2015

Research shows that children who are not exposed to entertainment screen time, such as TV, computers, and phones, were significantly better at reading human emotions than kids who had regular access to phones, televisions and computers. Technology is a part of... [ learn more ]

Calcium: Are You Getting Enough?

Apr 06, 2015

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our bodies. It makes up about half of the body’s total mineral content. Therefore, we call it a macro mineral. This macro mineral plays a very important role in the development of strong... [ learn more ]

Vaccines: The NPR Panel Discussion

Mar 31, 2015

In 1966, scientists developed a vaccine for measles. By the year 2000, the disease was considered eradicated in the U.S., a major public health victory. Fast forward to today and cases of measles have reached a 20-year high. The reason,... [ learn more ]

Examine the science behind vaccines and learn why opting out is a risk

Mar 30, 2015

Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago—whooping cough, measles, mumps—are returning, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children’s shots. NOVA’s “Vaccines—Calling the Shots" takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the... [ learn more ]

Heart Disease: Reduce Your Child's Risk

Mar 27, 2015

Being heart-healthy is not just for adults. All children older than 2 years should follow a heart-healthy diet, including low-fat dairy products. Learn more about heart disease and kids here. Source: AAP... [ learn more ]

Tips for Poison Prevention and Treatment

Mar 16, 2015

Each year, approximately 3 million people—more under the agey of 5—swallow or have contact with a poisonous substance. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some important tips to prevent and to treat exposures to poison. Read more How to Poison... [ learn more ]

Are vitamin drinks a good idea?

Mar 04, 2015

Companies are increasingly adding vitamins and minerals to juices, sports drinks and bottled water, responding to a growing consumer demand for these products. Even though the amounts of added nutrients in these drinks are typically small, some nutrition scientists are... [ learn more ]

Peanut Allergies - What You Should Know About the Latest Research

Mar 04, 2015

For many years, experts thought that the best way to fight peanut allergy was to avoid peanut products in the first years of life—that's why in 2000 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that any child at high risk... [ learn more ]

Are you getting enough sleep?

Mar 03, 2015

The National Sleep Foundation came out with sleep recommendation numbers, suggesting that adults should get an average of seven to nine hours of shut-eye and children much more. Here’s a breakdown of those numbers  read more...... [ learn more ]

Measles can be dangerous!

Feb 20, 2015

Measles can be dangerous especially for babies and young children. Symproms typically include...  read more... Source: CDC... [ learn more ]

How to Protect Your Children During A Measles Outbreak

Feb 10, 2015

Since December 2014, a measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in California has grown to more than 100 cases in multiple states. Most of the people who have gotten sick were not vaccinated against measles. This is a stark reminder... [ learn more ]

Supplements might not be what you think

Feb 03, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration requires companies to verify their products are safe and properly labelled. But a federal law was passed in 1994 which exempted herbal supplements from following the same stringent guidelines. In a press release, New York... [ learn more ]

Opting out of vaccination is a recipe for outbreak

Feb 02, 2015

Parents who don’t vaccinate their children due to concerns about side effects can put others at risk -- even those who have been vaccinated. Gwen Ifill from PBS talks to Patsy Stinchfield of the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota... [ learn more ]

TV, screen time affect children's sleep, study finds

Jan 27, 2015

Children who slept in rooms with a small screen or a TV, as well as those who logged more screen time, were more likely to report less and insufficient rest or sleep than children who did not have those factors,... [ learn more ]

New child booster seat law in Florida!

Jan 07, 2015

Children ages 4 and 5, previously allowed to ride in cars with just a seatbelt, must use child-safety or booster seats under a new law that took effect Jan. 1. According to the CDC, boster seats reduce the risk of serious... [ learn more ]

How Girls Are Developing Earlier In An Age Of 'New Puberty'

Dec 02, 2014

Many girls are beginning puberty at an early age, developing breasts sooner than girls of previous generations. But the physical changes don't mean the modern girls' emotional and intellectual development is keeping pace. Read more...... [ learn more ]

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 Poste

Dec 01, 2014

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per... [ learn more ]

PBS: These Six Disease You Should Worry About More than Ebola

Oct 20, 2014

As anxiety about Ebola mounts, PBS asked the experts which U.S. diseases we should be worried about, or at least more worried about than Ebola. Here are six, in no particular order. Read more... ... [ learn more ]

Why California faces pertussis epidemic

Sep 23, 2014

Hollywood, CA parents say not vaccinating makes "instinctive" sense. Now their kids have whooping cough. That kind of thinking ignores the way vaccines work, through herd immunity. A community can only be protected when 92 percent or more of a population... [ learn more ]

CDC: Most U.S. youths consume too much sodium

Sep 14, 2014

More than 90% of 6- to 18-year-olds consume an average of 3,300 milligrams of sodium each day, exceeding the recommended daily salt intake of less than 2,300 mg, according to a CDC report released Tuesday. About 16% of 8- to... [ learn more ]

Doctors must talk about guns

Jul 30, 2014

Prevention is the best medicine and education is the best motivator. With more than 4,000 children killed by guns every year in the U.S., the American Academy of Pediatric thinks it would be a crime not to ask about guns at... [ learn more ]

Mumps outbreak: Why vaccines are important

Apr 01, 2014

Vaccines prevent many serious infections and their potentially permanent complications.  Even if one person is unvaccinated, we are all at risk. A recent mumps outbreak in Columbus, Ohio affected 116 people so far. At least three people who contracted mumps were... [ learn more ]

Our Nurse Practitioner Got Published!

Feb 24, 2014

Our Nurse Practitioner, Monika Pis, PhD, CPNP, recently published an article about dental health in Ready, Set, Grow magazine that is endorsed by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Read the article here: Dental Q & A  Other articles published by... [ learn more ]

Dental cavities on the rise among young U.S. children

Feb 13, 2014

Between 1999 and 2004, the incidence of tooth decay among 2- to 5-year-olds was nearly 17% higher compared with rates from 1988 to 1994, according to a report released by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. The group recommends that... [ learn more ]

FDA to study safety of caramel coloring in soft drinks

Jan 30, 2014

A Consumer Reports study found varying levels of 4-methylimidazole, a potentially carcinogenic chemical found in some caramel coloring, in 12 brands of soda from five manufacturers. The group recommended the FDA set a maximum level of the substance as an... [ learn more ]

Sweat your way to a healthier brain!

Jan 09, 2014

Moving your body may be the best way to protect your brain. Physical exercise can ease depression, slow age-related memory loss and prevent Parkinson-like symptoms, researchers reported at the Society for Neuroscience meeting underway in San Diego. Read more... Source: NPR... [ learn more ]

Going to sleep late may affect teens' emotions, academic performance

Nov 21, 2013

U.S. researchers looked at data on seventh- to 12th-grade students and found that those who had a late bedtime schedule during the school year had a lower grade point average and experienced more emotional distress than those who went to... [ learn more ]

Early musical training may speed up brain responses to speech later in life

Nov 10, 2013

A small study in the Journal of Neuroscience showed that being trained to play musical instruments in childhood was associated with quicker brain response to speech sound later in life. Among the 44 55- to 76-year-olds included in the study,... [ learn more ]

More physical activity linked to better academic performance in youths

Oct 21, 2013

At age 11, boys and girls who participated in more moderate to vigorous exercise each day did better on English, math and science tests, according to a U.K. study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. By age 16, academic... [ learn more ]

Drinking sugary beverages linked to more weight gain in preschoolers

Oct 15, 2013

According to a study of 9,600 children from birth to 5 years of age, 2-year-olds who consumed sugary drinks regularly were more likely to have a higher Body Mass Index over the next two years and had a greater likelihood... [ learn more ]

Regular Bedtime Tied to Better Behavior

Oct 13, 2013

According to a study published on Oct. 14 in the journal Pediatrics, children with consistent bedtime had less behavioral problems. To read more, go to: [ learn more ]

Why is Whooping cough back?

Sep 11, 2014

Pertussis kills about 300,000 people each year worldwide, most of them infants. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), infants under one year old not only are at greatest risk of death from the disease, but... [ learn more ]