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.
Every week, patients with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis ask me what they should be eating to ease the abdominal pain, fatigue and other symptoms of these conditions. Until now, there has been very little evidence-based information to guide our discussions. This recently published study, by our colleagues at Seattle Children’s Hospital, begins to answer those questions.
Coughing from a cold or the flu is probably the most frustrating symptom we can have -- for children, their parents and even the doctor treating them. Here’s a guide for treating coughs by age.
This is National Sleep Awareness Week, so it's a good time to review healthy sleep habits. I see a lot of adults and teens in my clinic who are chronically tired and have trouble sleeping — both falling asleep and staying asleep. Here are some tips for a better night’s sleep.
Most of the 20 to 30 percent of children and teens who skip breakfast may think it’s no big deal, but the long-term consequences can be serious enough to warrant a big family discussion. Research may help you convince your kids to eat breakfast.
Does physical activity help children and young adults fight depression? A study from Norway says, yes. The findings back up what I see in my pediatrics practice and should encourage parents to make sure their children have plenty of time to play and run around.
Busy parents are familiar with this scenario: After a hectic day working and taking care of the kids, you throw together a meal that is quick and healthy. You’re immediately met with resistance by your little ones. While there is no “right” way to handle picky eating, some general guidelines may help you keep this unfortunate hassle from escalating into a more significant problem.
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.
We’re in the midst of an obesity epidemic that continues to grow and, because of this, we’re now seeing children – some as young as 3 and 4 years old – with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Here’s how I beat this disease and some friendly advice for parents trying to raise healthy kids.
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.