Health Notes

Helping Your Teenager’s Headaches

by Dr. Emily Bendlin on March 28, 2017

It’s never easy to see your teenager hurt, especially when you can’t figure out the cause.

Headaches, however, are one of the most common pain complaints we see in pediatric clinic. In fact, in one study, 56 percent of boys and 74 percent of girls between ages 12 and 17 said they had a headache in the past month. While many parents fear those headaches may be the sign of something serious, most have a very common cause.

What is behind your teenager’s headaches? It could be one of several different causes:

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Using the “Whole Brain” Approach to Raising Children

by Dr. Elizabeth Walenz on March 14, 2017

“Why don’t you use your brain?”

When it comes to parenting, there can be lots of frustration because you don’t feel like your child is thinking things through. What many parents don’t realize is that may be because their child’s brain isn’t fully formed yet. The best advice on how to raise happier, healthier, more confident children starts with parents approaching their kids using all of their brains.

But what the heck does that mean?

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Answering the Tough Questions about Vaccines

February 28, 2017
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Vaccinating children is one of the most rewarding and most difficult parts of being a pediatrician. I don’t take pleasure in children being poked with needles (I’m a pediatrician, not a monster), but I also know I’m doing everything possible to keep kids healthy and happy. Vaccines are one of the most common topics parents […]

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When the “Going” Gets Tough

February 21, 2017
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It’s a common problem that kids (and honestly parents, too) don’t like to talk about. But constipation can be a big issue with no easy answer. Constipation is diagnosed as having two or fewer stools per week. If the stools are large or very small and hard, going can even be painful. When it’s not […]

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Time-Out: Are We Doing It Right?

February 14, 2017
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A recent study in the Academy of Pediatrics found that three quarters of parents surveyed used time-outs to help to manage their child’s misbehavior. It also found that the vast majority did it wrong. It’s something I see in my Methodist Physicians Clinic pediatrics office as well. During well-checks, we discuss a child’s behavior. Parents […]

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Blech! Earwax!

January 24, 2017
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Ok, yeah. It looks gross. But there’s actually a reason our ears have all that wax. Earwax, also known as cerumen, is totally normal. This yellowish waxy substance hanging out in the ear canals of you and your kiddos has a purpose and it’s actually about helping you stay well. So before you grab your […]

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The ABCs of RSV

January 9, 2017
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There are three letters in January that can be scary for new parents of an infant – RSV. RSV stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. Why is it so scary? RSV and many other respiratory viruses can cause bronchiolitis, a respiratory illness that can cause difficulty breathing for children under the age of two. The infection plugs […]

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Four Pieces of Advice Parents of Newborns Need NOW

December 27, 2016
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Any parent in the throes of caring for a newborn will say there’s no way they will forget how difficult it is. For as cute as they are, newborns don’t usually know how to eat, sleep, poop, or even pretend to give their family any semblance of normalcy. Yet, as time goes by, they learn […]

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How Dangerous is Vaping?

December 13, 2016
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This month, the FDA is working to regulate electronic cigarettes… and with good reason. Today, one in four teens are using these products to vape. The new rule gives the FDA authority to regulate all tobacco products including e-cigarettes, hookahs, cigars and pipe tobacco. The rule should help to prevent youth from initiating tobacco use. […]

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New Guidelines Hope to Save Babies from SIDS

November 22, 2016
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There are new guidelines every new parent should know about when it comes to keeping their infants safe from sudden infant death syndrome(SIDS). Currently, more than 3,500 infants die each year from sleep-related infant deaths, including SIDS. And while those numbers are alarming, they aren’t climbing, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) wants to […]

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