An article this week about toxic lead levels in Philadelphia’s River Wards has many families concerned for their young children’s developmental health and wellbeing. Our pediatricians offer some information about lead and how to reduce exposure. With Michigan’s Flint lead crisis flashing across news media outlets across the country in the recent past, awareness of the potential for childhood … [Read more...] about Lead and Your Family
What’s the best sunscreen for kids? What kind of clothing offers the best sun protection? Our Main Line & Center City pediatrician offers sun safety tips for kids and babies. Our office staff teases that no matter where I go on vacation, I never come home with a tan. I’m vigilant about sunscreen use for my family and myself year round – for good reason. Skin cancer is the most common cancer … [Read more...] about Sun Safety Tips for Kids & Babies
In PA, ticks are a real health threat. Our Philadelphia and Main Line pediatricians share guidelines on tick and mosquito repellent for kids, as well as other tips for keeping families safe this summer. In Philadelphia, the spring and summer months are a time when many of us enjoy the outdoors, whether taking advantage of the nearby Schuykill river and Wissahickon trails or venturing farther … [Read more...] about Tips to Stay Tick- and Mosquito-Free This Summer
Our Philadelphia & Main Line pediatrician shares helpful tips for using Time Out effectively with toddlers and older children. I don’t remember exactly what he did—one of the usual offenses—hitting, biting, spitting, or persistent obstinacy. It could have been any of these, but it was clear he needed to learn a consequence. The problem was that I was at the beer store trying to pick up some … [Read more...] about Time Out at the Beer Cooler
Just moved to Philadelphia or the surrounding areas? Just moving a few blocks? A move of any significance is stressful, especially on families. Our Center City & Main Line pediatricians have some tips for weathering the transition. Change is hard! Other than dealing with the loss of a loved one or a serious family disruption, moving is, perhaps, the most challenging change that kids (and … [Read more...] about Inside/Out – Upside Down: Surviving the Stress of Moving
Confused about nutrition? Philadelphia and Main Line parents should familiarize themselves with the organic terms and buzzwords that may affect kids’ diets. As a parent, I spend a fair amount of time thinking about food—what to make for dinner, what to pack for lunch, what exactly qualifies as a nutritious snack. As a nurse practitioner and former dietitian, I am often asked these same … [Read more...] about Free Range, Cage Free, GMO: What Do Parents Need to Know?