When it comes to bathing your young children safely, the best solution is to start with a bucketful of common sense and a dollop of caution. Then add a pediatrician’s five tips to the mix, and you’ll never be in over your head. When bathing an infant or toddler of 3 or 4 years of … Read More
Amusement parks are supposed to be fun for the whole family. But sometimes, fears of heights, loud noises or crowds get in the way. Add too much sugar and the blazing sun in the mix and you may not feel too amused anymore. Discover how to help your crew have the best day possible.
We all know to keep our kids safe on their bikes, they need to wear helmets. But do you have trouble enforcing this rule? And how do you know when your child really has the right helmet, with the right fit? Pediatrician Michael Macknin, MD, has tips on both fronts to help you stock your … Read More
As you’re driving to preschool, you catch the news: Another major car seat recall. You glance at your toddler in the rearview mirror and wonder if she’s safe. You can’t anticipate which products will get recalled. You can, however, practice safety-conscious shopping and poise yourself for quick action in the event of a recall. Cleveland … Read More
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In today’s post-and-share culture, how much is too much? As parent, we’re fans of personalized backpacks and “proud parent” bumper stickers. But are we revealing too much information about our children to strangers? It’s probably a good idea to limit the type of personal information we provide, says Cleveland Clinic Children’s pediatrician Daniela Isakov, MD. … Read More
Most people keep aspirin or other pain relievers on hand at home. But five simple products can upgrade your home’s over-the-counter medicine arsenal – and help you avoid an unexpected run to the drugstore when your child doesn’t feel well. Here is a list of over-the-counter products that pediatric pharmacist Holly Hoffmaster, PharmD, BCPS, suggests … Read More
A middle-schooler who sends friends sexually explicit texts is more likely to engage in other sexual behaviors as well, a recent study says. Psychologist Kate Eshleman, Psy.D explains, “The study found a relationship between sending sexually explicit messages or photos and other high-risk behaviors such as engaging in sexual behaviors, including genital touching up to intercourse.” … Read More
My patients and other pregnant women with yeast infections have been wary of taking the anti-fungal medicine fluconazole (brand name Diflucan®). The concern stems from a 2011 FDA report that it may cause birth defects in high doses if taken during the first trimester of pregnancy. However, if you’re pregnant or a new mom, and … Read More
When outside temperatures plummet to sub-zero and wind chills dip into negative numbers, you might be surprised how quickly frostbite can happen.
In so many ways, children are more flexible than adults – and this includes their bones. Because their bones haven’t fully hardened and are still growing, children are vulnerable to a unique injury called a growth plate fracture. Growth plates are areas of developing cartilage tissue near the ends of long bones, and these are … Read More