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I've written about head lice before and both the traditional approaches as well as the more natural ones, but I learned a lot at a conference I attended recently that I wanted to share.
First some facts:
- Pets can't carry lice
- Lice can't fly, they can only crawl and cannot jump more than an inch or two at most.
- Lice eggs are called nits and hatch nice days after being laid.
- Lice mature in 10 days and can live about 25 days total.
- Each female louse
A year or so ago I attended a conference where complementary and alternative treatments were the focus. I learned a lot and have given advice to many families about how to integrate things like butterbur for migraines and guided imagery for needle anxiety reduction, but lately I have been using a technique at home with my kids for anxiety and stress reduction: meditation.
We have a lot of stresses at home at the moment and the kids are not immune
Cold sores are a pain in more ways than one. They are ugly, of course, but for many they are numerous enough inside the mouth to cause difficulty eating and sleeping.
Cold sores are actually a viral eruption caused by herpes simplex - yep, that herpes, the one that can cause problems on any mucus membrane including the genitals and mouth. There are two strains of the herpes simplex virus. For a long time we thought type 1 infected the mouth
Posted by: drmolly in technology, prevention, infant, formula, feeding, diet, complementary or alternative treatment, birth control, attention, allergies on
Jan 17, 2010
I recently got back from a five-day meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which hosted its annual National Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C. Boy, did I learn a lot! I will have fodder for blogs galore!
I love this meeting. More than 7,000 pediatricians from all over the world attend and there are hundreds of lectures, workshops, plenary talks and meet the expert sessions on topics ranging from genetics to orthopedics to
When I was a kid there weren't a lot of beverage options at mealtime; milk was the only liquid offered. In doing this, my parents were unknowingly setting me up for a lifetime of strong and healthy bones. Today things are different.
When I ask school-aged patients what they drink at meals, few say they have a glass of milk with lunch and dinner. More often than not, they are drinking water, sometimes juice, and once they are teenagers, soda
I got a question recently from a parent of a clumsy child with learning disabilities who wondered if the child would benefit from vision therapy. Vision therapy is a series of eye exercises, sometimes done in front of a computer screen and sometimes done with special glasses, directed by an developmental optometrist. The goal is to improve eye coordination and visual perception and it is purported to improve reading skills, help kids with
Tongues are funny things. Sometimes they will look like they have patches of the top layer of skin removed (geographic tongue); other times they will look like a ripe strawberry with a very red, somewhat swollen background and the papillae of the tongue looking like the seeds (as seen in strep infection), and one of the most common appearances in infancy is a tongue with a white fur-like coating.
Not all white tongues are problematic.
A reader asks: Our son is getting some pressure from his soccer coaches to add weight. He's been doing some supervised work in the weight room, but his body is naturally tall and thin. He's up to 6' 1" now, but I think he's lucky if he tops out at 140 lbs. His soccer coach has suggested that he go on a regiment of protein drinks. We are wary about giving him supplements but at that same time we recognize there are more pressures on the kids
Most children and teenagers have a more relaxed schedule in the summer. They stay up a bit later, get up a bit later but in general still get the 9-10 hours of sleep every school aged child and adolescent needs. Admittedly, some teens are staying up routinely until 1 am, but try to get those same kids out of bed by 10 and you are in trouble! How then do you help kids get ready for the very early mornings to come just after Labor Day?
Let's face it, none of us likes having a cold. The drippy nose, scratchy throat, coughing and body aches are enough to put a grown-up in bed for the day. Many of us reach for some over-the-counter medications to help us feel better as we ride out the storm. We used to reach for these same medications for our young children, but growing evidence suggests not only are they unsafe for some kids, they aren't even effective!
Many parents already
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