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New help for moms with postpartum depression

July 27, 2016
Swedish has opened the first center of its kind on the West Coast to help new mothers struggling with depression. Watch this video to hear one woman’s story.

Structural reasons to postpone newborn circumcision

May 18, 2016
For parents who wish to circumcise their sons shortly after birth, there may occasionally be structural or anatomic reasons to defer the procedure. Here’s a look at some of the urologic reasons it may be best to avoid newborn circumcision and what to expect if circumcision is performed later.

Newborn hearing screenings and early intervention

May 13, 2016
Some newborns pass their hearing screenings just fine but also have risk factors for developing hearing loss. 

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In these cases, it’s important for an infant to be seen by an audiologist for a diagnostic hearing evaluation. Catching a hearing problem in infancy could keep a child on track to reach important developmental milestones.

Zika rates could grow in US this summer

May 04, 2016

So far, all of the Zika virus cases identified in the U.S. have been related to travel, but that’s likely to change soon. As warmer months approach, we expect to see the mosquito-borne virus spread locally in regions such as the Gulf Coast, home to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

A new look at MS and pregnancy

April 21, 2016

Doctors have known for years that most women with multiple sclerosis (MS) feel better and have fewer relapses when they are pregnant. Researchers have speculated that fluctuating hormones may be linked to this improvement in health. But studies on MS and hormones during pregnancy have had mixed results. I’ve changed my thinking on this and I’m embarking on new research that involves microchimerism.

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.

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.

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:

Should I breast or bottle feed my baby?

August 07, 2015
This is a common question asked during pregnancy but one that it is easy to answer. I often advise to breast feed. There are very few contraindications to breastfeeding such as women that have HIV, herpetic breast lesions, active tuberculosis, or active drug abuse.

Here’s why breastfeeding is better:

Screen Time Suggestions for Kids

July 27, 2015
Like everyone else, I like making resolutions from time to time. While some goals have been easier to attain than others, one resolution that has been frustratingly difficult to achieve has been “digital disconnection. Especially in today's hyper-connected world, it is almost impossible to "unplug". While it may be desirable, and even necessary to be proficient at computers and technology, it is equally important that we also learn to be healthy "netizens", and serve as smart examples for our kids. Children, even infants, are being exposed to a barrage of electronic devices. If smart phones, tablets, computers, televisions and video games weren't enough, we now have toy versions of the same! In fact, the iPad has even become the go-to baby sitter for a lot of families. The negative effects of such unrestricted and early exposure are very wide ranging, and only of late has science been able to shed light on some of these.

What can we do to mitigate this epidemic? There is no one-size guidance for all, but here are some suggestions. Like anything else in life, common sense should be our guiding light.