Safety while Trick-or-Treating!

Walk Safely Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. […]

Health care Reform in action: calorie labeling goes national

  When the Nutrition Labeling and Education act of 1990 went into effect in 1994, it required that nutrition labels be placed on food products but exempted restaurants.  A recent report from CSIP summarized evidence that proved more people eat out more often than ever before and US children eat twice as many calories at […]

Got Ink?

You’ve seen the rise in popularity of tattoos. In medical school, we were taught the risks- localized infection, allergic reaction to the dye…hepatitis if they use dirty needles. To be honest, we don’t see a lot of problems from tattoos.  A new study, however, points out a new problem.  They discovered that nanoparticles of pigments […]

Poison Control Number

Got little kids? One must-have number to put in your cell-phone… The number to put in your phone when you have little ones? Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222. Did your toddler eat dog poop? Or a berry from your backyard bush? Did you give the wrong medication to your child? Call Poison Control! Experts at Poison Control […]

Are You Ready for some Football?

If your child is under the age of 12, the answer might be NO.  A study published in the journal Translational Psychiatry showed that playing football under the age of 12 was associated with 2 times greater problems with emotion, apathy and executive function (decision making).  Even worse, there were 3 times greater odds for […]

Sport Injuries

We’ve noticed many more over-use injuries from kids who play the same sport year round. We were reminded that most professional athletes played multiple sports in high school and some even up through college. Specialization in a particular sport leads to more injuries, burnout, depression, and anxiety. If you feel that sports rule your child’s […]

Do all babies have separation anxiety?

  Yes, to a degree. Separation anxiety is a normal stage of emotional development that starts when babies begin to understand that things and people exist even when they’re not present – a concept called object permanence. This starts to occur as early as 5-6 months of age, usually peaks between 10-18 months, and eases […]