Healthy Living

Kidney stone disease in children is a major health concern. Childhood rates of stone disease have increased dramatically in the last 20 years.  There are multiple causes of kidney stones, including genetic conditions, environmental factors, and dietary habits.  Kidney stones › Continue Reading

You’ve just seen it, but what is it? That black “stuff” that sometimes comes out of bath toys and swims around with your children in the bathtub. It’s mold. The same stuff you’ve probably seen on humidifiers, or anything else › Continue Reading

That’s my 10-year-old son, Parker, in the photo above. He’s riding a bike. That might sound like a fairly typical activity for a kid his age. But for him, it’s miraculous. I can’t watch it without getting choked up. It’s a › Continue Reading

Has your child been diagnosed with a conversion disorder, functional gastrointestinal or neurological disorder, chronic pain, or syncope? All of these diagnoses have something in common: somatic symptoms. Somatic symptoms are caused by disruptions in how the brain and the › Continue Reading

Achoo! It’s the time of year when seasonal allergies peak. But in reality, allergic symptoms can happen year round. That’s because there’s just as many indoor allergens as there are outdoor. And for kids with asthma and allergies, this can › Continue Reading

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) is an illness that is both common and treatable. It can also be scary for parents because it usually affects young children and often starts with a high fever and rash. It could also › Continue Reading

If you have apraxia of speech, I want you to know that you are not alone. You see, I have it too, which means that we’ve probably faced similar challenges in life. Because we have a hard time putting sounds › Continue Reading

Acne is a very frequent problem in adolescence. Up to 85% of teens and young adults will develop it at some point in their lives. Even though it is so common, many teens still struggle with the personal and social › Continue Reading

The role of strength training in youth sports has long been a point of contention among parents, coaches and even doctors. Much of that has to do with a lack of understanding and myths about the subject. You might be › Continue Reading

I think most parents would agree that talking about sex and sexting with your child – regardless of the age – can be awkward. It may be tempting to put off the conversation as long as possible. However, it’s important › Continue Reading

There is certainly no shortage of dieting, health, and nutrition advice out there today.  Making sense of it all can be challenging.  As a parent, when you decide you want to start adopting a healthier diet for your kids, where › Continue Reading

Catesby is our 14-year-old son who literally lives for sports. It is his identity. As a child who successfully deals with dyslexia, his main outlet is sports, the number one sport being soccer. Catesby plays on a highly competitive select travel › Continue Reading

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an often misunderstood condition. Obsessions, as I like to explain to my younger patients, are thoughts that they can’t get out of their heads. Compulsions are the behaviors that they feel like they have to do. › Continue Reading

The first year of a baby’s life is full of exciting milestones and parenting challenges. A baby’s first solid food experience is often a little of both! When I’m talking to new parents about their baby’s nutrition and particularly the › Continue Reading

Let’s take a look inside those ears. How many times have you heard that when you take your kids to the doctor?  It’s a routine part of an exam and the key to determining if a patient has an ear › Continue Reading

Kidney stones are not just an adult problem. In fact, the number of children with kidney stones has increased four-fold in the last 15 years. What’s more, if your child gets one kidney stone, he’s 50% more likely to get › Continue Reading

You’ve likely heard it from your doctor time and again: Antibiotics won’t work against a viral illness. But why not? That’s a good question, and the answer starts with the differences between viruses and bacteria.   Virus Versus Bacteria As › Continue Reading

What does a healthy body look like? There is no straightforward answer. The media often tells us that an ideal, healthy body is thin and muscular. However, a healthy body varies extremely in both size and shape.  For example, a › Continue Reading

Our kids’ schedules are busier than ever. Young minds and bodies need solid nutrition to keep up with the flurry of activity, especially first thing in the morning.  Studies show that kids who eat breakfast do better in school, have › Continue Reading

Bedwetting can be stressful and frustrating for the entire family. Parents may get discouraged when new treatments fail. And children often feel guilty, anxious and helpless when they are unable to stay dry at night. Further, they often have significantly › Continue Reading

As a new parent, bringing home a newborn is one of the most exciting moments in your life. But it’s also exhausting. There is so much to remember and you’re likely to be joyously sleep-deprived on top of it all. › Continue Reading

Whether your child wants to make an elite soccer team, get an ‘A’ on a test, or simply make more friends, healthy self-confidence plays a key role in making it happen. What’s exciting about kids’ self-confidence is that we, as › Continue Reading

We’re all aware that regular physical activity is important and has many health benefits. But even some very active kids have a difficult time keeping the exercise going during the winter months. We get it – it’s cold, it’s dark › Continue Reading

The holiday season is officially upon us and with it comes a great opportunity to focus on being thankful. Many children look forward to this time of year with excitement and wonder. Many also have big expectations and sometimes not › Continue Reading

Pregnancy can be stressful – there’s a lot to think about and even avoid during those nine months. Taking the right supplements. Avoiding certain types of fish and raw foods. Steering clear of some medications. Controlling blood sugar. The list › Continue Reading