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Maternal and infant diets: Do food choices affect food allergies?

February 05, 2016

In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion about which foods are appropriate for infants and moms. Families often get confused and ask questions such as: Can you eat peanuts while you’re pregnant? What solid foods should I give my infant, and when? Read on for answers.

What is an Athletic Trainer?

February 03, 2016

When a professional or college athlete - and in many cases a high school athlete - gets hurt, a medical professional is on the sideline, ready to evaluate the athlete and determine whether he or she can return to the game. Who are these medical professionals?

The Zika virus and pregnancy: What you need to know

January 28, 2016
If you’re pregnant or planning to be, you may be paying attention to the news about the Zika virus. Here is an update about what we know so far.

Opiate Abuse in Pediatric Patients

January 20, 2016

There is a quiet public health crisis in the US that is unknown to many parents and even physicians. Addiction to opiates, or narcotics, has skyrocketed. It is estimated that more than 2 million Americans abuse prescription opiate drugs, and we are now seeing increasing rates of heroin use for the first time in decades. This epidemic includes children.

What you should know about the Zika virus

January 19, 2016

You may have heard of the Zika virus and be wondering what the dangers are and who should be concerned. The CDC has issued an advisory for pregnant women and those trying to become pregnant.

Pain – The Fifth Vital Sign

January 11, 2016

When assessing patients, the four routine measurements of their status include their temperature, blood pressure, respiration and pulse. Pain has been recognized as the “fifth vital sign,” since it also reflects a patient’s status and needs. For our pediatric patients, pain is assessed along with routine vitals and also as dictated by a patient’s specific medical circumstances.

Childhood Constipation

January 04, 2016

Chronic constipation is so common in childhood, it’s the reason 1 in 4 patients see pediatric gastroenterologists in Seattle, like me. This blog is meant to summarize the answers I give to the most common questions parents ask, regarding this common problem.

Heal a Teddy Bear, Help a Child!

December 21, 2015

It’s not unusual for a child to be nervous about a visit to the doctor. That’s why the staff at Swedish Pediatrics hosts 'Teddy Bear Clinics' at local community events.

Seeing the 'amazing' in every child!

November 30, 2015
“Sesame Street,” the beloved children’s show whose viewers stretch across generations and cultures, is making huge strides in bringing awareness to autism, inclusion and the celebration of differences in all of us. Pediatric Therapy Services at Swedish couldn’t be more thrilled.

Introducing solids to your baby

October 26, 2015
Being a pediatric dietitian, I had pretty lofty ideals when it came to my own son’s introduction to solid foods. I had dreams of making everything from scratch with my baby food steamer/processor using only organic foods. I also intended to introduce foods one at a time, with only one new food every 3 days. It quickly became apparent that my ideals were not practical or realistic to do 100% of the time as a full time working mom. Making food from scratch takes time. Also knowing that between 4-6 months old is a window of time to introduce foods to prevent allergies, I realized there are a lot more foods to introduce than can be fit into a 3 month window using that system. Easier said than done!

Here are a few things I learned from my own experience, combined with my expertise as a pediatric dietitian:
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