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Heat Rash

2018-09-18T11:29:24+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Blog|

What are those smallbumps you see on your baby or child’s skin? They’re from a common condition called heat rash, or prickly heat. It’s normally harmless, easily treatable, and shouldn’t cause any panic. However, it can be bothersome for the child and possibly a sign of something more serious. What Does it Look Like? Heat rash happens on clothed parts of the body--abdomen, neck, upper [...]

Why Are Teenagers Eating Tide Pods?

2018-01-23T11:33:17+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Blog|

Recently, the Tide Pod Challenge and coverage thereof went viral. The Tide Pod Challenge is a particularly tragic episode in the series of dumb, dangerous things teenagers do to show off. It vexes the responsible parent, who childproofed their home for babies, toddlers, and young children, but thinks that teenagers ought to know better.  What Goes On In The Teenage Brain?  Fortunately, the vast majority of teenagers do know better than [...]

What All Parents Should Know About Gun Safety

2018-01-16T09:53:52+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Blog|

If you own a firearm, you know it's a constitutional right that comes with a good deal of responsibility. Even if you don't own a firearm, your child may visit relatives or friends who do. Learn how to practice gun safety at all times, and how to properly secure guns in the home. Younger Children and Guns  Of all age groups, toddlers with their boundless [...]

Why Kids Need Vitamin D Supplementation

2018-09-18T11:32:07+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Blog|

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for people of all ages. It helps us absorb calcium in order to grow strong bones. Since most of this growth takes place when we're young, it's important that children receive sufficient amounts of Vitamin D. Without it, children may develop rickets (soft bones) or be at risk for having brittle bones when they're adults.   How We Get Vitamin D  [...]

How to Help Your Kids with Goal-Setting

2018-09-18T11:31:53+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Blog|

January 1st marks the annual tradition of setting new year’s resolutions. Taking the opportunity to adopt a healthier lifestyle sets a great example for your kids. But the act of setting goals itself is a healthy life skill you can teach them. Goals for Self-Esteem Think about your own experiences with goal setting. When you set unrealistic goals, you’re less likely to succeed, and that [...]

7 Ways to Help Hospitalized Children

2017-12-20T11:36:15+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Blog|

During the holidays, and when we're considering our New Year's resolutions, we think about ways that we can help people in our communities. If your child has ever had to stay in the hospital, you know the stress and fear that comes with the territory. Families with children in the hospital deal with financial and logistical challenges in addition to facing health issues, providing care, [...]

New Breast Pump Cleaning Guidelines from CDC

2017-12-13T11:15:38+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Blog|

The CDC recently released new breast pump cleaning guidelines after reviewing the case of an infant girl whose death was caused by infection from contaminated breast milk. Although these cases are rare, the CDC decided there was a need for these guidelines because they found a lack of education for new mothers on proper cleaning. Breastfeeding your baby has great health benefits, and 81% of [...]

Child Deaths in Arizona Rising: What You Can Do

2018-09-18T11:31:28+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Blog|

As pediatricians, it's certainly not our goal to create more stress and give you more reasons to worry about your children. However, a recent report reveals that of the 800 child deaths in Arizona last year, 330 could have been prevented. What caused these preventable child deaths? Car Crashes Defensive driving is a must to keep your own family and everyone else on the road [...]

Pros and Cons of Virtual Assistants for Kids

2017-11-30T22:11:17+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Blog|

This holiday season, virtual assistants like Amazon's Alexa, Google's Home, and Microsoft's Cortana might be on your family's wish list. With every new technology that changes our lives comes worry about how it may affect our children. And because technology comes out faster than long-term research studies, we don't really know how virtual assistants will affect kids in the long run. That said, there's no reason [...]

Kitchen Safety for Kids

2018-09-18T11:31:33+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Blog|

For many families, the holiday season means lots of cooking and baking. Holiday traditions often take place in the kitchen over mixing bowls and hot stoves. Your children will likely enjoy helping you make cookies, pies, side dishes, appetizers, meals, and whatever other delicious dishes are on the holiday menu. And, since schools are no longer offering home ec classes, teaching your kids how to [...]