Archive for March, 2014

A Cold or Allergy …Which one is it?

Your child comes to you complaining of a running nose, sneezing, nasal congestion and a cough. It’s got to be a cold, right?  This is one of the most common questions I get asked as a pediatrician. It’s important for parent to know that the symptoms of nasal allergies are similar to those of a […]


New Toothpaste Rules. (Update to 411 Guidance)

It’s never too early to keep those teeth clean…that’s the message behind the new American Dental Association’s guidelines for baby teeth. The ADA recommends parents use a tiny amount (smear size) of fluoride toothpaste twice daily to “brush” baby teeth as soon as they grow in. What has Changed? The prior rule, which we followed […]


New Study Examines Patterns of Smartphone use by Parents Around Children

We’ve all seen it. A quiet family seated in the corner of restaurant for a meal. Parents engaged with their devices rather than with their children. This troubling and emerging trend of ‘distracted parenting’ has experts asking – how does this mobile device use affect parent-child interactions? The American Academy of Pediatrics already advises pediatricians […]


Boys and Their Gun Fascination

A reader recently wrote in asking about an issue that isn’t uncommon for parents of little boys…managing their growing interest in shooting bad guys. We’ve had a new development in our 4-year-old’s interests—he’s into guns and killing bad guys. I know boys go through phases but in this day and age this ‘interest’ could potentially […]