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10 Things You Should Have In Your Medicine Cabinet


Everybody should have a few common, key items in their medicine cabinet. These few items should help in a pinch, and save you from making trips to the store in the middle of the night. Here are the must haves to any medicine cabinet: Tylenol (generic is acetaminophen). You can buy the children’s or infant formula; (...)

Do Your Kids Suffer From Travel Bowel?


Many people suffer from bowel upset when they travel (constipation and/or diarrhea). When you travel, you eat different foods at different times. It can throw your GI system into a mess. We recently went on a family vacation. After a long day of travel, my two year-old acted like she needed to go poop. She (...)

5 Things Newborns Do That You May Not Know About


I had the privilege of seeing 5 newborns in clinic yesterday. As I found myself repeatedly talking about some of the quirky, lesser known, normal activities of newborns, I realized that there are things parents didn’t warn each other about. These are all NORMAL things in the newborn stage. Skin peeling. Babies have been swimming (...)

Tips For Stopping Canker Sores


If you or your children are among the 1 in 4 people who suffer from canker sores, then read on. Canker sores are miserable and considered one of the most common mouth sores. They first present in childhood, then plague people with a 50% recurrence rate (within 3 months). What are canker sores? The official (...)

New Science Says Feed Nuts To Your Baby


New discoveries and scientific breakthroughs happen every day. Huge changes in the recommendations about when to introduce nuts to children have just come down the pipeline. With peanut allergies affecting 1-3% of all children, anything we could do to help prevent them would be monumental in improving quality of life. Not that long ago, parents (...)

Is My Child Contagious?


We are in full sick mode at my office these days. Most of the visits are reserved for same day sick visits and by 9 a.m., the slots are usually full. The number one question I got in clinic today was, “Is my child contagious?” With family parties and Christmas around the corner, everyone wants (...)

Is Your Child At Risk For Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?


Have you ever seen a small child with rows of capped teeth and wondered what happened? It is usually the result of “baby bottle tooth decay” or “bottle rot.” The term is a little bit misleading, because it can happen even if a child isn’t on a bottle. The most medically correct term is “Early (...)

Anal Fissures: A Common Cause Of Bloody Stools


Everyone knows that bloody stools are not normal and a cause of concern. However, one common cause, anal fissures, may be something you can diagnose on your own and not require medical intervention. As miserable as anal fissures are, they are the lesser of the evils when it comes to causes of bloody stools. What (...)

Belly Buttons: What’s Normal And What’s Not


When you have a baby, you’re faced with the question of the umbilical cord. What’s normal? What’s not? When do I worry? After years of having parents try to describe what the belly button looks like over the phone, I decided to compile some pictorial examples. When the baby is first born, a clamp is (...)

Does Your Child Have Stinky Breath?


Ah, stinky breath. When did it happen? When your child was born his or her breath was so yummy. It has this little sweet smell, straight from Heaven. Then seemingly overnight, it happens, toilet breath. The medical term is Halitosis. Is it something to worry about? Maybe, depends on a lot of things.  Here’s the quick (...)