Category - Kids’ Health

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Is My Child’s Bandaid Rash an Allergy?
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A Little Potty Talk
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Can Kids Use Antiperspirants?
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Don’t Get Burned by Your Sunscreen: Tips for Sun Protection
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Nosebleeds: What to Do, When to Seek Help
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Depression in Kids
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Is My Child Overscheduled?
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The Thing About Box Tops for Education
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The Influenza Vaccine: Setting the Records Straight
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When a Loved One Dies: How We Can Help Our Kids

Is My Child’s Bandaid Rash an Allergy?

It’s not just adding insult to injury.  It’s literally adding injury to injury.  Two of my kids, when they need a bandaid to cover a scraped knee or elbow, end up with that painful, red and raised “rash” from the sticky part of the bandage.  Talk about unfair.  And putting bandaids on a bandaid rash obviously isn’t gonna work. I remember the first time I saw a rash from bandage adhesive.  I was working as an aide in a hospital, and the rash was actually from the white tape we used to secure gauze dressings.  Then I saw it again….

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A Little Potty Talk

I completed a half marathon last weekend and this time,  I crossed the finish line under my own power (my first “half” didn’t go nearly as well…but that’s another story).  Along the way I was relieved to find a port-a-potty a) because I really had to go and this meant b) I was actually well-hydrated for this run through our high-altitude, arid climate.  After taking care of business, I was startled to see a man sitting by the side of the road near the portable stall.  I hadn’t seen him before so I felt a little creeped out, especially as…

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Can Kids Use Antiperspirants?

My twin boys are rapidly approaching adolescence.  Moods are swinging, zits are erupting here-and-there, and oh, yes, BO is making its presence known.  Of course, my younger, sweatier son would be the first to need the Speed Stick.  Because in direct opposition to his brother’s love of the shower, he can turn on the water, physically get in the shower, and emerge with a perfectly dry head.  In other words, hygiene is even less on his radar than his brother’s.   Brushing his teeth is a small victory; getting him to use his “deodorant” is nearly impossible.  Fortunately, he is…

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Don’t Get Burned by Your Sunscreen: Tips for Sun Protection

A couple years ago I was walking through town with one of my boys when a complete stranger exclaimed, “Oh, my, you’re sunburned!” The concerned individual was referring to my son, whose face looked rather like a strawberry, red with his brown freckles like berry seeds punctuating his nose and cheeks.  My guilt resurfaced, a day after my son’s sun-soaked adventure.  Even though I had done my best to slather my son with sunscreen, he, like every time before, wiped his face immediately to remove the offensive gooey cream he hates so much, and keeping a hat on him is…

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Nosebleeds: What to Do, When to Seek Help

Tis the season for decking the halls, baking cookies, writing wish lists… and nosebleeds. As the popular holiday song goes, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful… and our kids get nosebleeds. I remember one particular occasion, while staying in a hotel, my husband and I were sitting in the cramped bathroom with our son.  We were unravelling rolls (yes, rolls) of toilet paper and emptying the kleenex dispenser trying to stop a terrible nosebleed.  I was ready to throw in the towel, grab an actual towel, and take our son to the nearest urgent care when,…

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Depression in Kids

A few days after the death of comedian Robin Williams I happened to view the classic  Woody Allen movie, Annie Hall.  A good art film but the scene that struck me most happened only two minutes in.  This introduction had Woody Allen’s character, Alvy Singer, offering a soliloquy which ends with his stating that “I’m not a depressive character…I was a reasonably happy kid, I guess.”  Cut to young Alvy, with his impatient mother, in the doctor’s office.  He is depressed, says his mother, and she complains he won’t do anything; he won’t do his homework.  Alvy explains to his doctor,…

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Is My Child Overscheduled?

When did we forget that we are human beings, not human doings? ~Omid Safi, in his essay “The Disease of Being Busy” for onbeing.org My husband and I limit our kids to two extracurricular activities per child at any given time.  This is fewer than that recommended by experts who diss kids’ crammed schedules  (three or fewer, they say).   So our lives shouldn’t be too hectic, right? In theory, yes.

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The Thing About Box Tops for Education

It’s reflexive.  I see that little rectangle of cardboard on a box and automatically rip it off.  I stick the little chips in a Ziploc-brand plastic bag (one of the participating products, I might add), and hand them over to one of my kids to take to school.  I think very little about the process, which has somehow been ingrained in my psyche.  I’m like a rat in a Skinner box. But Psyche woke up.  A few days ago, a call went out on our school’s Facebook page to turn in our Box Tops for Education (or, as the logo…

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The Influenza Vaccine: Setting the Records Straight

(This post was originally published January 22, 2014, and has been updated for the 2015-2016 influenza season.) The bad news: cold and flu season is upon us. The good news: we can put up our dukes against it. The season is a hot topic amongst moms and I recall one particular day that was no exception. Discussion of who was ill and for how long infected a session at my yoga studio and the talk led to that of who got the flu vaccine, who did not, and the defense of their decisions. Back when I was a practicing physician…

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When a Loved One Dies: How We Can Help Our Kids

I was in second grade when my grandfather died unexpectedly.  It was a horribly difficult time made even harder by the fact that he died a day after my family returned from the funeral of another family member.  As a child I recall feeling confused, sad and so scared I couldn’t even go into the living room to see my grieving grandmother. The death of a loved one is difficult to explain to children, especially as we adults are trying to process our own loss, sadness and grief.  Funerals are emotional and perplexing.  I didn’t go to my grandfather’s.  Because…

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