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Working with parents who delay vaccines

For many doctors, the request to go “off the schedule” no longer comes as a surprise. They are trying to figure out how to handle parents who delay vaccines for their children or want to skip them altogether. The decision is tough to hear, says veteran pediatrician Dale Guthrie, MD, of Gilbert Pediatrics. “I am old enough to remember Haemophilus […]

The measles outbreak and Arizona

Catching a case of the measles from a trip to an amusement park, a football game or the grocery store was practically unimaginable when today’s parents were young children. But the recent measles outbreak that began in Disneyland in Calif. is a stark reminder of what can happen when vaccination rates begin to decline, says […]

Crib bumpers and bedding are unsafe

Surrounding a new baby with crib bumpers, cozy blankets, pillows and stuffed animals used to be the norm before researchers discovered that the use of these items raised the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Before the Back to Sleep campaign (now Safe to Sleep®) was implemented by the National Institute of Child Health […]

Viral vs. bacterial: when to use antibiotics

Millions of prescriptions for antibiotics written each year for children and teens may be unnecessary, according to a new study to be released in the October 2014 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Researchers looked at data on the treatment of acute respiratory infections in children from 2000 to 2011 […]

Teens and caffeine – different effects for boys and girls?

Caffeine, everyone? It’s not just adults standing in line for a morning fix at the local coffee shop. Groups of high schoolers and middle schoolers make the morning stop, too, grabbing macchiatos, mochas and grande iced lattes before school—and after school, too. How concerned should we be about the impact of caffeine on the body […]

Poison ivy in Arizona?

Just thinking about it makes me feel itchy. Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac cause an allergic skin reaction that creates an uncontrollable urge to scratch, scratch, scratch. The urushiol oil on the leaves of poison ivy and oak plants enters the skin and causes havoc. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about […]

Strength training for kids lowers heart disease risk

You’ve got a child whose weight is inching up. Maybe diabetes or heart disease runs in the family. You’re concerned. You’ve tried to get your child to get off the couch and go for a walk, or join a soccer or flag football team—anything to encourage movement and cardiovascular exercise. Have you thought about strength […]

Parenting and the use of smartphones

Let me go on the record here as a mom who spent countless hours caring for my four children as they grew from babies, to toddlers, to preschoolers and beyond. Yes, it was fascinating and terrific and so very precious. I loved doing it and I’m grateful for every single moment. But it was also […]

Sex, drugs & smoking: Violent movies put kids at risk

They have sex, they use drugs, they smoke and of course, they drink alcohol. Characters in movies with violent themes often are portrayed engaging in multiple risky behaviors. According to a study published in the January 2014 issue of Pediatrics, when kids are exposed to movies with violent themes, they are more likely to engage […]

What is a medical home?

Take three kids. Add multiple medical specialists, therapists and a calendar loaded with appointments. Throw in an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) or two along with the occasional childhood injury that always seems to happen on a Sunday afternoon. That’s what life looks like right now for many families, including Kelsey Tipotsch’s in Mesa. Her stepson […]

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