Kids + Diabetes: Off the Charts

Diabetes rates among kids are steadily rising.

While Diabetes Awareness only gets one month, it’s a problem among kids that needs some serious attention. Diabetes rates among kids are exploding. Also known as adult onset diabetes, the CDC has found that type 2 diabetes is becoming more and more common among kids. The culprit?  The health organization points to an epidemic of obesity ... Read More...

SIDS and Co-Sleeping

Is co-sleeping a risk factor for SIDS?

SIDS. It’s one of those heart-stopping acronyms for a new mom. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the leading killer of infants between one month to one-year old, and it happens without warning and without symptoms.  Each year, about 2,500 children in America die from SIDS. There is plenty of advice to go around on how you can reduce the ... Read More...

Mom Story: Why I Chose to Test for Down Syndrome

The Down syndrome screening is one of multiple tests available to expectant mothers.

Pregnancy. For most of us, it’s a crazy time. There’s the happiness coupled with sickness, and the preparation accompanied by the stress. Some of the anxiety we experience is trivial: What color should I paint the nursery? What college will they go to? And then there is the worry that comes with the more important question: Is my ... Read More...

Helping Your ADHD Student Tackle the School Year

The right organization system can make school less difficult for an ADHD child.

As a former special education teacher, I understand that every student starts the new school year with expectations, hopes, and anxieties. But for students with ADHD, parents can help to alleviate some of their child’s jitters by preparing them for a great start to the school year. Here are three easy ways parents can help: 1. A ... Read More...

When Your Doctor Behaves More Like a Salesperson

If you're unsure about a product or test your doctor recommends, get a second opinion.

Recently, I moved. So when my semi-annual cleaning time came around, I found a local dentist and set up an appointment. What I thought would be a routine appointment was instead a hard sell for various dental products like whiteners and Invisalign. These are not products I need. I was subjected to 6 years of braces and orthodontic ... Read More...

Eat Your Broccoli

My Plate. Half veggies & fruits

My kid loves her fruit and vegetables. Blueberries are her animal crackers. Broccoli is her mac and cheese. She gets it from me. I’m a big fan of all varieties of produce. My husband … not so much. At dinner he eats healthy enough since I plan meals and buy groceries. For lunch, I know he calls on McDonald’s and Taco Bell – ... Read More...

Too old? When kids outgrow their pediatrician

If your doctor's office still looks like this in your 20s, it may be time to consider switching doctors (bennadel.com)

I was about to leave for college after a summer home when my mom made an innocent suggestion. “Perhaps you should go to the doctor for a check-up.” I groaned. It wasn’t that I didn’t like my doctor. He was smart, funny, and a good listener. The problem was he was my pediatrician – and I was 19 years old. I went for the ... Read More...

Confession: I couldn’t give up the bottle

Graduating to the sippy cup was bittersweet for mom (touchofeurope.net)

This is the first post from our resident blogger Gina M. Larson-Stoller. She will be sharing the struggles, joys and lessons that go along with raising a toddler.  I admit it. It was more difficult for me to give up the bottle than it was for my daughter. At her 12-month appointment, her pediatrician told me it was time. But I was the one ... Read More...

Adding Vitals/Google+ Authorship

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