Health Notes

When the “Going” Gets Tough

by Dr. Emily Bendlin on February 21, 2017

using toiletIt’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 addressed, chronic constipation in childhood can cause serious complications: anal fissures, withholding of stool and stool incontinence.

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Time-Out: Are We Doing It Right?

by Dr. Elizabeth Walenz on February 14, 2017

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 often say, “Time-out just doesn’t seem to work for my child.”

It’s true. Time-out does not work for all children, but the problem may also lie in implementing time-out correctly.

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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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What Every Kid – and Every Parent – Needs to Know about Screen Time

November 8, 2016
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Media is everywhere around us – television, iPad, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, OnDemand – and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. What we need to determine is how we are going to parent with it. We are gaining connectivity, but losing physical connectedness to each other. That’s the reason behind new recommendations from the American Academy […]

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Top Ten Ways to Keep Kids Safe this Halloween

October 25, 2016
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In my house over the past three weeks, my four-year old has excitedly and sternly informed me of exactly what he’s going to be for Halloween this year. Not unsurprisingly, it has been a different costume each week. First, before it was even October, my son declared he was going to be a walrus, “with […]

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An Open Letter to My Young Patients: Yes, You Need a Shot

October 11, 2016
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Dear patients, I am sorry. I know at your kindergarten check-up we talked about the next time you would need a shot would be going into 7th grade. But, the flu mist is gone. It didn’t work. You are going to have to get a shot. The flu shot.

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