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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.

Pilonidal disease: painful, inconvenient and embarrassing

November 03, 2016

Imagine you’re a teenager and your world revolves around trying to be cool. Then you get pilonidal disease, a skin infection near the tailbone that can cause severe pain, discharge and deep embarrassment. Parents who are aware of this disease can help a suffering child.

Parenting with love

October 28, 2016

What does it truly mean to be a pediatrician? The birth of my first children taught me the answer to this question.

Ditch the loofah for healthier skin

October 24, 2016

Is using a loofah really the best way to exfoliate and care for your skin? Swedish pediatrician Melissa Genualdi, M.D., says that to avoid bacteria, it’s much healthier to stick with the old-fashioned washcloth. Watch this video to learn more about the case against loofahs, plus the latest on liquid soap versus bar soap and the best way to moisturize your skin.

Young kids should play the field when it comes to sports

October 19, 2016

A recent report says kids are specializing in a single sport too early, leading to a greater risk of injury -- and burnout, anxiety and depression. Elizabeth Meade, M.D., a pediatric hospitalist at Swedish, explains and offers some advice on how to keep children active and healthy.

Don't let the end of daylight saving time disrupt your child's sleep

October 11, 2016
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Fall is a time of excitement for many reasons: the return to school, enjoying your favorite pumpkin spice-flavored beverage and prepping for the coming holiday season. However, there’s one aspect of fall that parents of young children often dread: the end of daylight saving time, aka yet another thing to disrupt your children’s precious sleep patterns.

Health apps for moms-to-be and parents on the go

October 07, 2016
In the same way you can use apps on your smartphone to save special moments and help manage your children’s lives, you can use them to learn about, monitor and aid in your child’s health and development. Here are a couple of apps to get you started.

Is an umbilical hernia in a newborn cause for concern?

September 28, 2016
Most parents are probably too busy making sure their newborn has 10 fingers, 10 toes and two ears to pay attention to whether their child’s belly button is an innie or an outie. An outie belly button can be caused by an umbilical hernia, which usually is harmless. But sometimes these hernias need to be repaired when a child is older to prevent complications.

Flu shots:With rare exceptions, everyone should get one

September 26, 2016

Illness from the flu puts millions of infants and children in the U.S. at risk every year. We are approaching the start of the 2016 flu season and now is the time to talk about the flu vaccine. You might be thinking, "I don't give my kids a flu shot" or "flu shots don't actually work," but I'm hoping to share some information that will change your mind.