Youth Suicide

Adolescence is a time of tremendous growth and potential.  Teens can have difficulty navigating new milestones in preparation for adult roles.  These transitions can lead to various mental health challenges that can be associated with increased risk for suicide.  Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youths age 15 – 24.  Approximately one

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

The month of September is designated as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  Childhood or pediatric cancer is not just one disease, rather many different types of cancer that affect children and adolescents at a rate of about 15,000 patients each year in US.   The most common type is leukemia, a cancer of the blood, followed by

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Children’s Eye Health and Safety

Eye health and safety begins at birth when your pediatrician shines a light in your infant’s eyes and checks for the “red reflex”.  This is the same thing that you see in photographs with a flash and it checks to make sure that there isn’t something between the front of the eye and the retina

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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD)

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is an illness caused by a group of viruses that are generally most active during the summer and fall.  It’s the most common in infants and children under age 5 but can at times cause disease in older children and adults.  Typically the illness starts with a fever which can

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Viral Meningitis

Who is at risk for viral meningitis?    Viral meningitis can affect all ages including newborns. What is the most common way viral meningitis develops?  Viral meningitis is an infection of the meninges which is essentially the lining that contains the brain and spinal cord.  There are various viruses that can cause this infection.  The most common

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June 17 Eat Your Vegetables Day

One of the most common complaints I get from parents is that their children don’t eat vegetables.  This usually starts around 18 months once kids start to realize that they have opinions about what they eat and can start to be a little pickier.  There is a biological reason why many kids don’t like the

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