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More Than Half of Pediatricians Make Diagnostic Errors, Study Says

Don't be afraid to ask your pediatrician questions or get a second opinion. Credit: Getty Images
Maybe it's time to rethink that age-old "doctor-is-god" stereotype. Fifty-four percent of pediatricians say they make diagnostic errors at least...

Soccer Injuries Affect Boys and Girls In Different Ways, Report Finds

Concussion rates in soccer players are similar to those ice hockey and football players. Credit: Getty Images
What sort of injury is your child likely to suffer on the soccer field? That all depends. In boys, ankle injuries are the most common. F...

Dr. Sears: America's Pediatrician

Often referred to as "America's Pediatrician," William Sears, M.D., called "Dr. Bill" by his little patients, is the author or co-author of more than 30 parenting books including "The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Bi...

Sick Kids - Do You Google Their Symptoms?

My six-year-old had a high fever on Thursday, no other symptoms ... the kind of bug I hate. When it's a cold or a stomach flu, at least I know what we're getting into. Fever with no symptoms is a troubling mystery. Two days after her fever broke, she...

Making Sick Days Better

It happens to every mom. On the day you're giving a presentation or attending an important event, your child says, Mommy, my tummy feels funny. One memorable morning I was dressing for a meeting when first-grader James announced that he was...

Do Bad Manners Indicate Developmental Issues or Just Bad Parenting?

Does your pediatrician ever discuss your child's manners with you? My son, who is 21 months, has not been the subject of such a discussion but will be soon. He is nearly two, prime time to really start teaching him some manners; up to now we've been ...

Vicks VapoRub Harmful To Infants

OK, this is kind of creepy. I am part of a parent exchange group that regularly emails ideas, etc. on the web. A recent conversation thread has centered on Vicks VapoRub, which we all decided was harmful to use on our children. Now, a new report is s...

Breastfeeding Better for Kids' Lungs

According to a new report, children who breastfeed have an edge over those who don't -- at least where their lungs are concerned. Kids who were breastfed for at least four months had stronger lungs than those who were bottle fed. The theory behi...

Should Doctors Keep Minors' Info Confidential?

This is a tough one. I remember being a kid on the brink of being a teenager--we didn't have the word "tween" back then--sitting in my pediatrician's office waiting to get examined or get a shot or whatever. That doctor was not someone I felt like s...

Flu shots, pregnancy and the unborn child

Hard to believe but it's already flu season again. Or, to be more accurate, it's really (hopefully) flu PREVENTION season. This week the Center for Disease Control whipped out a new, stronger than ever campaign to get pregnant women and young childr...

Breast milk lacks vitamin D

Is there a downside to breastfeeding? A new report from the New York Times might have you thinking so. In a recent article, several studies monitoring a lack of vitamin D in infants might support that breastmilk is not enough to prevent things like ...

At what age is it ok to leave kids home alone?

I was at least twelve years old before I was allowed to cross the street by myself. It was several years after that I was allowed to stay home alone during the summer while my parents were at work instead of going to summer camp. I always felt lik...

Just say no

Everything I've read and heard and been told has strongly advised me to NOT say "no" to my child. Pediatricians, child psychologists, the Internet--you name it, these folks all say no to "no." My husband and I joke about this constantly because ...

Two to tango: breastmilk and formula?

Well, if daycare has taught me anything, it's that my son is a growing boy. This kid is now getting a lot more group attention and stimulation that he did at home. And it's making him HONGRY! Several times this week the ever-attentive teachers at ...

Fighting the face rash

So my son has this rash, on his face. It's been there for nearly a month now. It appeared just in time for our trip to visit the grandparents and has held steady, in one form or another, since then. That was nearly four weeks ago, although in baby ...

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