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Praising your kids: Striking the right balance

May 17, 2017
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A recent study found that overpraising a child can lead to greater narcissism. What constitutes overpraising? And what happens if you don’t praise a child enough? Here are some guidelines for praising kids. You also can reward them … but not with food!

Do timeouts help or hurt kids?

May 15, 2017
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Timeouts can be used to teach and discipline kids, but they aren’t effective when an angry parent imposes a timeout in the heat of the moment. Here are situations where timeouts can work, and how parents should model the behavior they want to see in a resistant child.

Combatting the common cold: What herbals work?

May 11, 2017
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As a family doctor, I'm always a bit frustrated that I can't offer much to patients with colds, at least in terms of Western allopathic medicines. So I decided to scour the literature again to see if any new research has shown benefits from herbals and supplements. The good news is, yes: There may actually be a couple of supplements that can help you get better quicker. Here’s what I found, and my advice.

8 tips for helping your child take medicine

May 09, 2017
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Having a sick child can be scary and stressful for parents and caregivers. We want to know what’s wrong and how to help our little ones feel better. Sometimes the key is medicine but kids resist, adding to our stress and their misery. Here are some tips and tricks to help make taking medicine easier on both of you.

How a plane flight helped me improve my self-care and be a better parent

May 04, 2017
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How many of us still listen to the flight crew’s safety instructions?  I fly several times a year but can honestly say I really did not “hear” them until this past summer, when a flight attendant said: “If the cabin should lose pressure, oxygen masks will fall from the ceiling.  Please put your mask on before assisting someone else.” I was in an immediate parenting crisis!

5 tips to avoid 'sharenting'

May 03, 2017
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Social media is a great tool for parents to share information about their children with friends, family and support communities. But with the ever-expanding role of social media in our lives and the depth of information to be found online, parents are often looking for guidance on how to share safely and respectfully! Your pediatrician can offer some great tips. Here are a few of mine.

What to do if your child has a febrile seizure

May 02, 2017

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Fever-related illnesses are a part of growing up and developing a healthy immune system. But what a frightening experience when a child has a seizure during a fever! Some parents might immediately think a brain infection is the cause. This possibility needs to be ruled out, and for this reason a child needs immediate medical attention. Fortunately, in many cases, the child has simply had a febrile seizure.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a superbug?!

April 26, 2017

Are superbugs out to get us?  Based on recent reports in the news, this might appear to be the case.  Superbugs are bacteria that are resistant to many commonly used antibiotics. Here’s how they develop and what we can do to limit the spread of superbugs.

How to de-stress homework for kids

April 26, 2017
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Just like adults, kids face pressure and stress every day. Especially when it comes to after-school assignments. Support your child’s mental health by making the task of homework less stressful with these expert tips. 

3 steps to lower your risk of diabetes

April 25, 2017
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Diabetes now is a global pandemic. Tens of millions of people have diabetes, and many are undiagnosed. As a family doctor, I’d like to share my advice on how to avoid this disease – or at least slow it down.

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