Another belly ache?

  We see a surprising amount of children that have chronic abdominal pain. We do a work up, send some of them to GI specialist and only a few ultimately get a diagnosis like Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative colitis. Most of our children just have recurrent pain without a clear understanding of why they hurt. […]

Conger’s Corner- Second hand smoke

Are we smoking?  Inside or out, doesn’t seem to matter in decreasing levels of cotinine, the metabolite of nicotine, exposure to our children.  Levels of cotinine measured are 7 times higher in children with smokers vs non-smokers.  In reports where smokers only smoke outside, the cotinine is still elevated in our kids at 5 times […]

My Circle App

My Circle Today I had a mom tell me about a new tool that has been helpful for her family. My circle is a device that pairs with your home wifi and helps you manage all the devices on your network. Ok, that didn’t sound exciting. But here is what that means… For each of […]

How To Talk To Your Children

As we start the week following the Presidential Inauguration, there is a multitude of emotions among people. TV and social media have been full of both positives and negatives and a lot of disagreement amongst people. Our children are affected by what they see and hear, so no matter what your stance on the Presidency […]

How to Treat a Cold

So many children (and their parents) have colds now. Colds are often accompanied by fever and can make you feel really awful. Are you staring at the medicine display in the pharmacy, wondering which of the many cold medicines on the shelf will best help your ill child? How we wish we had a terrific […]

Drug Abuse in Teens

  Just reading the title of the blog makes most of us say “whew, not our problem!  But let me tell you about some statistics. The Monitoring the Future Study is a national survey that measures smoking, drinking and drug use in more than 400 secondary schools.  They report that 20% of 8th graders, 36% […]

Signs of Influenza

  The classic symptoms of the flu include a sudden onset of fever, headache, body aches, and fatigue, accompanied by upper respiratory symptoms, such as cough, sore throat, and runny nose *  Children younger than 3 years of age tend to have higher fevers, have a higher risk of febrile seizures, may have less prominent respiratory […]