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5 hidden dangers for children at home

January 06, 2017

Maybe you’ve seen it – a video of a dresser falling onto a toddler. The video has gone viral and is an example of hidden dangers at home for young children. Learn about the boy’s ordeal and about other not-so-obvious dangers from Elizabeth Meade, M.D., chief of Pediatrics at Swedish Medical Center.

 

Saving our kids from metabolic syndrome

January 03, 2017
Did you know that one of the most common chronic pediatric diseases is a totally preventable condition?  This condition is tied to obesity and can shorten a person’s life span by 22 percent. Now, Swedish is hosting the first-of-its-kind symposium dedicated to this disease.

Troubling statistics: Looking at how we parent

December 29, 2016
This was going to be a regular post about normal child development, but I’ve been troubled by health statistics that have made me ask myself: Why are so many children engaging in risky behaviors, and why are so many anxious, depressed and suicidal? Are we as parents, and as a society, failing our coming generation? 

Don't let your holiday leftovers go in the garbage

December 19, 2016

Do you always end up with a bunch of holiday leftovers that you eventually have to throw out? Here are some tips to make sure that food doesn’t go to waste.

Flu vaccine: the black sheep of the vaccine family

December 16, 2016

As health professionals, we are cultivated and groomed over countless years of training to have a great sense of empathy.  As a practicing pediatrician and father, of course I have empathy for the kiddo with his or her first ear infection or strep throat. But my empathy doesn’t stop at caring for the little ones in our lives.  I’m also empathetic to the plight of one of a pediatrician’s best friends. I feel sorry for my friend the flu vaccine.  I know this sounds crazy, but hear me out.

Beware of amber teething necklaces, doctor says

December 08, 2016

Frazzled parents with cranky teething babies may be tempted to try anything to ease their child’s pain. But Elizabeth Meade, M.D., a Swedish pediatrician, says not everything on the market is safe. She explains why she’s warning against amber teething necklaces.

Don't waste your time and money on a fructose breath hydrogen test

December 05, 2016

In searching for why a child might have chronic bellyaches or other gastrointestinal symptoms, I often come across doctors ordering a test called a...

Mom's bacteria could prevent allergies in kids

November 23, 2016
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When babies are born, they encounter bacteria for the first time as they pass through the womb and into the world. That might not sound healthy, but it is. Elizabeth Meade, M.D., assistant chief of pediatrics at Swedish, explains why.

Electronic Media Use and Your Child

November 16, 2016
With the winter months fast approaching, many families can expect to see rainy-day screen time exposure surge in the coming weeks. But what is an appropriate amount of time for your child to be using electronic media and what are the consequences to learning and development as a result of this exposure?

Talking to your child about the election

November 15, 2016
After a tumultuous election cycle, it may be difficult for parents to discuss or start a dialogue with their children on topics that became heated during the election. Here’s a resource that can help.
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