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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, (...)

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; (...)

Table Foods: Practical Tips


When and how to introduce solid foods to babies can cause a lot of stress to parents. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be hard. Simply give your baby bites of whatever you are eating (obvious point, eat healthy!) To be helpful, I snapped a few pics of a day’s worth of (...)

Do You Know These 5 Medical Myths?


Every day, moms ask me to verify whether something they’ve heard is actually the truth. These are the myths I’m asked about most often: Myth 1: Don’t pick up a crying baby right away, you’ll spoil them. Fact: You can’t spoil a baby younger than 4 months. When a baby cries, it is his/her way (...)

Hair Tourniquet: The Reason For Your Extremely Fussy Baby


A hair tourniquet happens when a piece of hair (usually from mom’s long hair) or a thread from fabric wraps around part of the baby (like a finger) and cuts off the blood supply. Hair tourniquets are a relatively common causes of extreme fussiness in babies. The most common scenario is one where a baby (...)

3 Tips To Combat Kids That Don’t Want To Go To School


My 7 year old had one of those mornings. You know the kind; she went crazy on me when I tried to help her get dressed (to hurry her along since we were late). You would have thought I was stabbing her for the screaming that ensued when I tried to brush her hair. Her (...)

Vape And Ends: The New Cool Thing To Do


My patients don’t smoke cigarettes. They have heard the message that cigarettes are bad for you and contribute to lung cancer. Instead they are turning to Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), such as e-cigarettes, vape pens, personal vaporizers, and e-hookah. Unfortunately, kids/teens haven’t been given the correct message that ENDS are also dangerous. They somehow (...)

Pumping Tips For The Working Mom


A breast pump is a working, lactating woman’s best friend. Like your cell phone, you simply don’t leave home without it. One morning with my last baby, I was in a rush to feed the baby, get ready, get kids dropped off to school, and make it on time to work. I got to clinic (...)

Newborn Tips: Skin Care


As many of you know, I had another baby this past week. Despite having done this a few times, I am reminded of all the quirky nuances of caring for a newborn. So, I’ve decided to share a series of quick tips on caring for newborns (seeing as how I have a cute example at home). Last night, (...)

Get Ready, Set, Baby Time!


I haven’t posted in a while because I’m in full baby prep mode. We’re on the count down at our house, 2.5 weeks (at the most) before baby #4 arrives. As I have been trying to fit patients in at work before maternity leave, prep for Christmas, and get everything together for a new baby, (...)