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      SAFE CRIBS As Kim and I are now blessed to have recently become grandparents, the forever pediatric issue of safe infant sleep now has renewed personal urgency for me. In a 2012 Read more
  • Hear This: Turning Down the Volume Now May Save Your Teen's Hearing in Adult Years
    It may seem like your teenager is ignoring you, but in reality, they may be having trouble hearing you. More and more we see kids listening to their MP3 players Read more
  • Diaper Rash: How to Soothe and Protect Your Baby's Bottom
    A baby’s soft, smooth skin is delicate, making it susceptible to diaper rash, a common and mild irritation of the skin that causes redness in the area where the diaper Read more
  • Fruit Juice Update
    FRUIT JUICE UPDATE The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently updated guidelines for fruit juice consumption: No juice in the first year of life.  If medically necessary, use a cup and not Read more
    Recently a mother brought concerns of her young school age child repeatedly stealing from family and school. This is actually not too uncommon–teachers report about 5% of kids <10 years Read more
  • Fit Kids, Healthy Kids - How to Make Exercise a Way of Life
    Children need physical activity on a regular basis to keep them healthy and strong. It’s unfortunate that many kids today are considered overweight. In fact, according to Centers for Disease Read more
  • Battling Teenage Acne
    Acne is by far the most common skin complaint among teenagers, affecting nearly all of those between the ages of 12 and 17 at least occasionally, according to the American Read more
  • Drug addiction–medicine disposal
    Most of us have become aware of the terrible scourge of drug abuse that grips our nation.  Here in Ocean County, heroin kills one person every 48 hours.  Statewide we Read more
  • Peanut Allergy
    Peanut allergy management has made the news again this week.  That is because of the evolving recommendations for how to address the problem, which have essentially “done a 180” and Read more
  • School Refusal
    What kid doesn’t like a snow day, or a chance to sleep in with a day off from school? For many children, getting to or staying at school all day Read more
  • Osgood-Schlatter, Sever’s Apophysitis
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  • Novel Psychoactive Substances
    Many conscientious parents are aware of the terrible scourge of drug addiction that grips many in our nation and in particular locally here in Ocean County.  I wish t0 make Read more
  • Reflux redux
    Let’s circle back to review a common problem which I have referenced previously–colic and reflux (GER) in infants.  A recent journal article looked at the use of medication in preterm Read more
  • Baseball Arm Injuries
    So we spent some time talking about warm weather and girls’ knees.  Let’s give equal time now to boy’s arms–pitchers’ injuries generally.  This is a huge topic, easily filling a Read more
  • Probiotics
    Probiotics can often be a good natural remedy for simple–if annoying– gastrointestinal complaints.  They are defined as ” live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit Read more
  • Another word about lead
    Lead exposure for our children has been in and out of the news for a few years–now back in, unfortunately.  I have written about this previously.  21 school districts statewide Read more

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