Aside from the usual cough, runny noses and congestion, an ear infection (or worry that their child might have one) is one of the most common reasons parents take children in to see the doctor. Pain from a congested or infected ear can be quite intolerable for children and can keep them (and their parents) up at night.
This fall, many children will be making huge transitions. Whether it's starting kindergarten or the closing of a school and the move to a new one, this transition can certainly stress any child out.
Getting your child to drink enough water can rank right up there with trying to get her to eat broccoli. Depending on the child, of course. But hydrating kids adequately is something we pediatricians often counsel parents about.
Angry Birds, Snoopy's Street Fair, Fruit Ninja or Minecraft?
When you're a parent, worrying comes with the territory. We worry about our picky little eaters. We worry about the quality of the food we serve our children. We worry about their safety when they're away from home. We worry. We're parents. The worry never goes away.
The other day after picking up my son from school, we had some extra minutes before we needed to pick up my daughter. We were just a few days before Christmas, and the rush was definitely on. So, in my desire to slow down time a bit, I decided we should make a little pit stop. Just me, him, coffee and some treats.
Christmas is just a few short days away and many of us are getting ready to travel. And while preparing the whole family for travel is work enough, add a toddler or two and that changes the entire travel game.
Editor's note: Dr. Melissa Arca's column, "Confessions of a Dr. Mom," regularly appears in the Thursday Living Here/Health & Fitness pages. This is an extra column addressing the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
There seems to be a disturbing trend in some parenting circles. Unfortunately it seems to be gaining momentum.
When it comes to car seat safety, I don't mess around. As my reluctant 7 1/2-year-old will attest to, since he is still in a five-point harness.
If you want fewer tears, less whining and a more cooperative and well-rested child, all you need are 27 extra minutes.
Tantrums are fascinating. Not because I enjoy them or enjoy watching my children go through one, but mostly they're fascinating to me because so many of us misunderstand them.