Safety and Prevention
A Warning to Parents Considering Introducing Peanuts to Young Children
By now, many parents have probably heard about the allergy study that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggesting the early introduction of peanut protein decreased the
Preventing Accidental Overdose: How to Safely Administer Medications to Kids
As many parents can probably attest, giving medications to kids can be challenging. For some kids, the medication is yucky and they refuse to take it. From the parent perspective,
Measles FAQ: Vaccination is the Weapon of Choice
Find the answers to important questions like what measles is, how it spreads, symptoms of measles, and why the vaccine is crucial.
The 2014-15 Influenza Season: What You Need To Know
Each influenza season is different from the last because the viruses that circulate change from year to year and immunity from season to season is not long lasting. Vaccines are
Parents: Talk to Your Teens About Prescription Drug Abuse
The issue of prescription drug abuse in the United States has been well documented. What might be surprising for some parents, however, is how common adolescents misuse prescription medications and/or
Parents, Talk Seriously With Your Teens About Driving
Dr. Mike Gittelman provides tips that help parents start the conversation with their teens about the importance of safe driving.
Hand Washing: What’s the Proper Technique?
Today is Global Hand Washing Day. As the name suggests, it’s a world-wide campaign to raise awareness about the importance of washing hands with soap. Sounds pretty straight-forward, right? But according
The First Time Emmett Blew Out His Birthday Candles
My youngest son, Emmett, swallowed a button battery on the day we were supposed to be celebrating his first birthday. Not only did it change our lives forever, but it
Avoid After-Market Car Seat Products
I love seeing pictures of my friends’ kids riding in their car seats. It makes this child passenger safety technician’s heart happy to see babies buckled up and riding safely.
Find answers to all your questions on the Enterovirus D68, and how to prevent it from spreading and affecting your child.
What Parents Need to Know About Caffeine Powder
For many parents the morning starts with a good cup of coffee. Most of us are probably aware that caffeine can be found in some plants and is widely used
Applauding Tennessee for Motor Vehicle Legislation
As a pediatrician in the emergency department (ED), I have a unique vantage point where I witness and treat a wide range of childhood injuries, which can range from minor
Car Seat Harnesses: Finding the Right Tight
When I’m advising parents on child passenger safety and doing personalized car seat checks through the Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center, I often hear comments along the lines of: “I don’t want
Life’s A Picnic (But Keep These Things In Mind When There)
My kids love picnics. There’s something exciting about being in the fresh air and enjoying a meal in the great outdoors. The usual foods my family eats every day seem
The Codeine Controversy
Codeine. It’s been around for a long time. It was prescribed 1.7 million times in 2011 for kids under the age of 18 for pain and cough. It wouldn’t have
5 Things Parents Should Know About HPV Vaccines
There is certainly no lack of information or opinions about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Sorting through all of the information that’s out there can be daunting, especially if you’re
When Wheezing Is Worrisome?
Some cases of wheezing in children require medical attention. Learn the warning signs to pay attention to and when to call your doctor.
Sizzurp: A Dangerous Teenage Drink
Sizzurp contains a dangerous mix of prescription cough syrup & can become addictive or cause death with overdose. Learn the side effects & warn your teens.
The Surprising Occurrence of Acetaminophen Overdose
The dangers of acetaminophen overdose and the damaging effects to the liver have been known for some time. I published a paper on it in the Journal of Pediatrics in