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To Helmet Or Not To Helmet? That Is The Question.


When the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that babies sleep on their back to prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), there was a sharp rise in the problem of flat heads in babies. More babies were sleeping on their backs and their heads were getting flat as a result. Since sleeping babies on their backs (...)

When to Go to the ER vs. Instacare vs.Office Visit


Have you ever gone to Instacare/Urgent Care only to be sent to the Emergency Room (ER)? Have you ever spent 8 hours waiting in the ER for an ear infection? One of the challenges of parenthood is knowing where to go when something goes wrong with your child. Generally speaking, as you go from office, (...)

Macrocephaly: Does Your Kid Have A Huge Head?


Does your kiddo have a huge noggin’, or know someone’s kid who does? While most of the time it’s just genetic and nothing to worry about, there are times that it can be a sign of a bigger problem. Macrocephaly is the medical term for a disproportionately large head. To be precise, a child is (...)

Little Leaguer’s Elbow: What You Should Know If Your Child Pitches In Baseball


In an era where kids are specializing in sports at a young age and engaging in early competitive leagues, we are starting to see more and more sport-specific injuries at a young age. Little Leaguer’s elbow is just one of these injuries. What is Little Leaguer’s elbow? Little Leaguer’s elbow is an overuse injury that (...)

What To Do About Shin Splints


Springtime is here and so are spring sports. As young athletes embark on increasing training regimens, especially more running, some will experience shin splints. If you’ve ever suffered from shin splints, you know just how miserable they can be. What are shin splints? The official medical term is medial tibial stress syndrome. (We like these (...)

Congenital Torticollis: The Tilted Head And Neck


Have you ever seen an infant that seems to favor moving his/her head to one side or direction? It may be that the neck twists or that the head tilts, but there is definitely a preference to one side over the other. This is a phenomenon called torticollis or wryneck. Torticollis in Latin means “twisted (...)

Umbilical Hernias: Not Just An Outtie Belly Button


If you’ve worried that your baby’s belly button looks a little funny and sticks out, it may be an umbilical hernia. Most belly buttons that people think are “out-ties” are in actuality hernias. What is an umbilical hernia? Technically, the umbilicus (belly button) is what’s left from where mom and baby were connected by the (...)

Scoliosis: The Crooked/curved Spine


Scoliosis is abnormal curvature of the spine. The spine does have some normal curves if you look at it from the side (going in and out from the neck to the lower back). However, if you look at the spine from the back, it appears to be straight (side-to-side curvatures aren’t normal). Scoliosis is relatively (...)

How To Interpret Growth Curves


One of the most important parts of the well visit is the growth curves. A 10-second review of growth curves tells the pediatrician volumes of information. Hopefully, by the time you finish reading this article, you’ll feel like an expert at interpreting growth curves as well. The growth curves are the little graphs that tell (...)

What You Should Really Do When Your Kid Sprains Something?


I grew up in a “walk it off” or “rub some dirt in it” kind of house. I think Freud would have something to say about my professional choice given my upbringing. Needless to say, although my parents are great and know a lot about a lot of things, they were a bit off course (...)