3 Do-It-Yourself Home Cleaning Products

If you keep your home shiny and clean, you may assume your indoor air is fresh, too. But many commercial cleaning products add irritants to the air — particularly troubling if you or your children have allergies, asthma or other respiratory concerns, says pulmonology expert Sumita Khatri, MD. Using cleaning products that don’t have harsh … Read More

‘Mooving’ to an Alternative to Cow’s Milk

As good as it may be for them, some kids just can’t drink cow’s milk. An allergy or lactose intolerance may have some parents looking for one of the many alternative milk choices that are now on the market. What are alternative milks? Alternative milks are all considered to be a “non-dairy beverage alternative” because … Read More

Baby on Solids Too Soon?

Tired parents, you might be tempted to put a little cereal in their your baby’s bottle, just to help everyone get some sleep. But experts say, think again. A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics confirms that many parents are jumping the gun and feeding their babies solid food before the age of … Read More

Don’t Feed Your Baby Solid Food Before 6 Months

Like many pediatricians, I recommend that you introduce solid food to your baby no earlier than 6 months old. A study published in the April issue of the journal Pediatrics shows many moms are jumping the gun and feeding their babies solid food earlier without knowing the risks. Of the 1,300 moms that were questioned, 40 … Read More

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Dreading Allergy Season? Try Acupuncture Early

It’s freezing outside, the ground is frozen and the trees are bare. It will be a few more weeks until we see any signs of life to hint that spring is coming. So why should you be worried already about allergy season?  Because acupuncture can be an effective tool for allergy relief, but you have … Read More

Prevent Misery: Treat Spring Allergies Early

Though it may still be chilly out, now’s the time to start thinking spring — spring allergies, that is. With weather patterns changing so much in recent years, it’s been tougher to predict the start of the spring allergy season. To minimize allergy-related misery, ear, nose and throat specialist Mike Benninger, MD offers 3 tips: … Read More

Secrets to Thriving During the Cold Months

If you’re a skier, snowshoe aficionado or hockey player, odds are you embrace the coming season enthusiastically. For the rest of us, the stress of cold, snowy weather may have us wishing for spring long before the last autumn leaves have fallen. But the truth is, anyone can learn to find the best of the winter season. … Read More

7 Tips for Cleaner Indoor Air

You can’t change the air quality of the world outside, but you can clear the air in your own home. You probably spend up to 90 percent of your time indoors, says Sumita Khatri, MD, a pulmonologist in Cleveland Clinic’s Respiratory Institute. A few small, simple changes can improve your health and breathing in big … Read More

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Coping With Fall Eye Irritants for Kids

With leaves flying and allergens in full force, parents need to be alert to the risks to their kids’ eyes in the fall, says Paul Rychwalski, MD, a pediatric ophthalmologist at Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute. Make safety a top priority. “While you or your children are working on the leaves, wear eye protection, especially … Read More

Sex and Your Sinuses: ‘Not Tonight, Honey’

“I’ve got a headache.” “I’m too tired.” You can add “My head is too stuffy” to the list of reasons not to be intimate with your partner. Two previous studies by Cleveland Clinic ear, nose and throat specialists found that allergic rhinitis and chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) significantly affect the desire for sex. Considering that up … Read More