Influenza and the flu vaccine: What parents need to know

Stay healthy this flu season by getting vaccinatedFall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. It’d certainly be a shame to miss all that crisp weather and gorgeous scenery because of influenza.

The highly contagious virus affects the respiratory system, causing fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue. It is an annual scourge, changing a bit every season so even though you may have had influenza several years ago, you can …Continue reading →

Advice for new moms: Having a baby changes everything

Advice for new moms: Having a baby changes everythingCongratulations! You just had a baby! Simply put, your life will never be the same. I don’t think you can fully explain, or even really understand, what it is like to be a new mom until it happens to you. Having a baby is a game changer.

The best new-baby card I ever got simply said, “And now … you know.” I didn’t know that I …Continue reading →

How to give kids nutrition on the go and at home

How to give kids nutrition on the go and at homeOf all the battles parents help their kids fight, the one against poor nutrition might be one of the most difficult.

Unhealthy choices are just about everywhere you look, including at school, unfortunately, in the form of high-fat lunches and sugar-laden vending machines. Making it worse is that bad food choices are often cheap and attached to some clever, almost irresistible marketing …Continue reading →

Tips for parents: Getting kids in back-to-school shape

Tips for parents: Getting kids in back-to-school shapeIt’s about that time on the calendar when children’s groans change from “I’m bored!” to “Summer’s over already?” Another school year is upon us, and in addition to making sure your young scholars have all the pens, pencils and paper they need, it’s also part of your …Continue reading →

How kids can stay safe and keep away the summertime blues

How kids can stay safe and keep away the summertime bluesSummertime is a chance for kids to get some rest and relaxation, but one thing parents should never take a break from is making sure their kids are safe while enjoying these carefree days.

Did you know, for instance, that thousands of children in the United States are injured each year by lawn mowers? Or that just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk for …Continue reading →

Rashes and coughs concern parents the most

Children's On Call mobile appEvery child has occasional health issues that concern parents. Ever wonder if the issues that concern you are unique?

Thanks to the Children’s On Call mobile app launched earlier this year, we now have a glimpse into what’s concerning parents. If you aren’t familiar with the app, it provides guidance on the appropriate level of medical care for common health problems, as well as …Continue reading →

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 childrenFall 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 …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 →