When we think of eating disorders, anorexia and bulimia probably come to mind. But there are many other behaviors that qualify as eating disorders, including obsessive behavior about food and calories and compulsive exercise to burn calories. Some people are more prone to eating disorders than others. Here’s how to spot signs of a disorder and what to do if you or someone you know is struggling with food.
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!
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.
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.
A recent study found that more eighth- and 10th-graders are using pot since Washington legalized marijuana. And more kids don’t think pot is harmful. But marijuana can hurt teens in lasting ways. Think IQ. Here are some signs your child might be using pot and how to respond.
Four million homes in the U.S. have high levels of lead, which can be a health hazard, especially for kids. There’s no safe level of lead in a child’s blood, so it’s crucial to get treatment if your child does have lead poisoning. Here’s how to spot it in children, and how to remove or prevent it in your home.
A recent survey by the American Psychological Association says children are more stressed than parents realize, and that stress is affecting kids at younger and younger ages. Here are some signs that could mean your child is stressed and how you can help.
After winning an Oscar, actress Viola Davis recently said she feels like an impostor and fears everyone will soon see her for the “hack” that she is. If you’ve ever had those feelings of self-doubt, you aren’t alone. It’s called impostor syndrome, and most of us have experienced it. These feelings deprive us of celebrating our success. Here are some ways to avoid this way of thinking.
If you’re a parent, you’ve probably struggled with knowing how to protect your kids from sex abuse. Many parents aren’t sure when to talk to children about sex abuse, or what to say. Start these conversations when your child is young. Here’s how and why – and some signs that a child may have been abused or touched inappropriately.
Donating breast milk can be an act of kindness for an infant in need, especially preemies and low birth-weight babies whose mothers can’t breastfeed. Breast milk contains substances that boost nutrition and prevent infection, important benefits for babies at risk. Learn more and consider donating extra milk to the Lytle Center at Swedish or Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.
The flu is at epidemic levels in Washington, but here’s some good news: The flu strain sweeping the state is protected by this year’s vaccine – and it’s not too late to get vaccinated. If you’re in a high-risk category for the flu, here’s what you need to know.
It’s been a cold winter by Seattle standards and that can pose a danger because we aren’t used to such frigid conditions. This can be especially true for children, who might ignore signs of frostbite or hypothermia because they’re having too much fun outside. Here’s how parents can protect their kiddos.
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.
Heading back to school can be an exciting time, but it also can be fraught with anxiety, especially for kids who are bullied. If you think your child is a target, there are ways you can help. And if you suspect that your child is a bully, there also are things you can do. Watch this video to learn more.
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.
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.
A study recently reported that melanoma rates have risen 250% in children and young adults since the 1970s. Another study found that between 1973 and 2009, pediatric melanomas (age 19 or younger) increased by 2% per year. As medical providers we are seeing an upward trend in skin cancers in all age groups – but predominantly among young women, which is thought to be due to tanning practices. We also know that even rare sunburns early in childhood can dramatically increase risk for melanoma later in life. There are lots of ways that parents can help protect children from sun exposure – here are some tips to help us do our best as summer approaches!
For most parents, the newborn period is a time of profound joy, incredible challenges, and LOTS of questions. As pediatricians, some of the questions we are frequently asked are related to a simple blood test done on all infants in Washington State. Commonly referred to as the “newborn screen” or “NBS”, “PKU”, or “newborn metabolic testing”, this test checks for several congenital disorders that are rare but can be life-threatening.
Often parents want to know:
What does the test involve? The newborn screen is done by pricking the heel of the infant at around 24 hours of age, then collecting a few drops of blood onto a piece of test paper. This is dried and then sent to the state lab, where the testing is performed. Because some of the conditions may take several days to show up, the test is repeated at 7-14 days old (usually by your primary care doctor; it can also ...
In 2012, Washington passed legislation to legalize marijuana use for people 21 and over. While still illegal for those under 21, it is important to understand how this might affect adolescents and children.
Facts about marijuana and teens:
As the holidays approach, parents often wonder what toys are safe for their little ones. When making your list and checking it twice, here are some tips to ensure that toys are appropriate for the age and developmental stage of your giftees.
For younger children/infants: