Depression in Adolescents

Depression is a serious and important medical condition that has an estimated prevalence of 4-8% in the adolescent population. This is probably an underestimate given the fact that some signs and symptoms of depression are mistaken for normal “teenage” behavior and that many teens are hesitant to report symptoms. Yearly checkups with your pediatrician throughout

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Keeping Your Family Healthy this Winter

Winter is upon us and with it children are likely to bring the flu or other illnesses home from school.  Before you know it, the entire house can often be coughing and nose blowing and valuable days and weeks are lost from school and work.  How can you prevent your house from becoming germ infested?

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Back to School Sleep

It’s back-to-school time! For most parents this is an exciting time of year- until they realize that the sleep schedule that their children were keeping over the summer won’t cut it once school starts. It’s not uncommon for children to go to bed and wake up later in the summer (and over holidays); the key

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What is Influenza

Influenza is a viral illness that typically occurs in the winter months. Influenza A and B viruses cause this disease that accounts for approximately 20 000 deaths annually in the United States. The virus spreads within a community from person to person through respiratory secretions (saliva and mucus). Each winter new strains of the influenza

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A Guide to Teething

Did you know the best over-the-counter product for your teething toddler is no product at all? Several over the counter teething medications include benzocaine which can dangerous to young children. The best thing for teething is to either rub their gums gently or to give them objects to chew on. A washcloth or plush toy

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Preparing for play dates, camps and family travel always reminds families about the inconvenience of bedwetting. Thankfully, bedwetting is rarely caused by a serious medical problem and almost always resolves on its own with time. It can, of course, be a cause of worry and embarrassment for children and frustration (and extra laundry!) for parents.

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