Don’t let seasonal allergies ruin spring for children

Tips to keep the affects of allergies and asthma at bay during pollen seasonGoodbye, winter. Be gone and take your polar vortex with you! Hello, spring. Bring the warm temperatures and sunshine, but take it easy on the pollen count, OK?

The truth is, there isn’t much we can do about plants and trees releasing pollen into the air. While this natural flowering process gives rise to all the beautiful vegetation that makes …Continue reading →

How to identify and treat head lice in children

How to identify and treat head lice in children

Itching of the scalp is the hallmark symptom of lice infestation.

Fall brings the return to school for our children and often, to the dismay of many parents, the return of head lice. Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that live among human hairs and feed on small amounts of blood drawn from our scalps. They are very common and occur most frequently in children between 3 and 12 years of age.

Lice are not dangerous and do not spread …Continue reading →

How to know if your child has an ear infection

How to know if your child has an ear infection

If you think your child has an ear infection, contact your pediatrician for an appointment.

Kids can get a lot of ear infections. They can be painful, uncomfortable and are especially common during cold and flu season.

An ear infection is inflammation of the middle ear, usually caused by a virus or bacteria, and happens when fluid builds up behind the eardrum and becomes infected. A child’s ears don’t drain like an adult’s ears, so kids are more likely to get …Continue reading →

Tips for making potty training less stressful

Tips for making potty training less stressful

Potty training is an exciting milestone in your child’s life.

As a pediatrician at Southwest Pediatrics, I see a lot of parents who are frustrated with the process of potty training their toddler. Sometimes, it’s because parents are starting the process before their child is ready.

The average age of a girl to potty train is 3 years old and the average age for a boy is 4 years old. A lot of grandparents will say that their kids were trained way earlier than that, but that’s because adults were “trained” to put their kids on the toilet every 30 minutes.

The goal of being potty trained is for the …Continue reading →

Routine to lifesaving care: Why three brothers depend on Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Routine to lifesaving care: Why three brothers depend on Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Noah, Eli and Abe are as close as brothers can be.

I’ve been a pediatrician for nearly 30 years. I decided I wanted to be a pediatrician when I was in high school and never wavered from my goal. I love what I do because it’s both rewarding and challenging.

It’s rewarding because I know I’m helping kids stay healthy. During three decades, I’ve watched a lot of my patients grow up into healthy adults. Now I have the privilege of treating many of my former patients’ children. It’s a lot of fun and it’s humbling …Continue reading →

What’s the difference between a cold and the flu?

Child with the fluFlu is here! If you watch the news, you know we are in the midst of the worst flu season in years. Emergency rooms are overflowing, kids and adults are missing school and work, and it’s only early January.

Why is it so bad? Influenza, the virus that causes the flu, has the ability to mutate every year. This is why everyone needs yearly flu shots. This year’s strain is …Continue reading →

Your child’s health: What websites, daytime TV shows and your pediatrician have to offer

Parents now have access to an increasing number of resources designed to help them care for their children, including a variety of websites, daytime TV shows, books and magazines. However, it’s important to understand the difference between what those …Continue reading →

Halloween safety: What every parent needs to know

As a mom, I know how fun and exciting Halloween can be for children. But as a pediatrician, I also know how important it is for parents to be involved in helping older children stay safe while trick-or-treating.

In the following video, I share what I think parents should know before letting their kids go out trick-or-treating:

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Childhood cholesterol tests may lead to healthier adults

At a family gathering, my cousin approached me about her daughter’s recent visit to the pediatrician. She was a bit surprised her pediatrician was recommending her healthy, active 10-year-old have her cholesterol checked. This sparked a very interesting debate among my family members about health guidance recommendations, most arguments beginning with phrases like, “back in the day…” or “my kids never had to ….”

Fortunately, though, with time comes knowledge. We have come to recognize that some of the most common adult health problems — diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol — have their roots in childhood habits. And there also are those unfortunate …Continue reading →

With Dr. Rohloff’s help, we discovered how special our daughter really is

Julie, Morgan, McKenna and Kenneth Perkins

Julie, Morgan, McKenna and Kenneth Perkins

When you are expecting a baby, there are so many emotions that go along with the joyous occasion. From the start, you are asked if the baby is a boy or a girl, but all you really are hoping and praying for is a healthy baby. We experienced some challenges when our oldest daughter was born seven years ago. My pregnancy was uneventful until delivery. Morgan was born weighing less than 4 pounds at full term, and our dreams shattered. We were scared for our daughter …Continue reading →