Pediatrics

Questions to ask when choosing a backpack for your child

  • Childrens with backpacks walking

Helping your child choose a new back-to-school backpack can be a challenge. While children tend to focus on the style of a backpack, parents want one that will last and won’t put too much stress on their child’s back. Parents realize that no matter how great a backpack looks when […]

Child Well Visits – Part 2

In this podcast, Family Nurse Practitioner Mandy Price explains the importance of identifying potential health issues early so that treatment can begin as soon as possible. She explains the value of the parent/provider partnership, which combines the parent’s day-to-day experience and observations with the healthcare provider’s expertise and training. This is part two in a two-part podcast. 

Child Well Visits – Part 1

In this podcast, Family Nurse Practitioner Mandy Price explains the importance of identifying potential health issues early so that treatment can begin as soon as possible. She explains the value of the parent/provider partnership, which combines the parent’s day-to-day experience and observations with the healthcare provider’s expertise and training. This is part one in a two-part podcast. […]

Depression in Teens

  • Teen sitting with hand on her head looking down

Many parents wonder how to tell if their teen is experiencing normal teen mood swings or something more serious, like Major Depressive Disorder. One way to distinguish these is to consider the severity of symptoms, duration, and impact on functioning.   Symptoms of depression in teens include depressed, sad, or irritable […]

Bedwetting

  • Child sleeping on pillow

While bedwetting can be miserably embarrassing for a child at a sleepover, it’s much more common than many people realize. At age 5, up to one in five children is still wetting the bed occasionally. By age 7, this has decreased, but bedwetting still occurs in about one child in […]

What to do when your child has a sore throat

When a child gets a sore throat, the first concern for many parents is, “Is it strep throat?”   This is a valid concern, given the serious consequences of leaving strep throat (caused by the streptococcus bacteria) untreated. The good news is that most sore throats in children are caused by viruses, not strep.   A viral sore […]

Teen Depression

  • Teen girl staring out window

Teen depression isn’t like cloudy weather, that blows over if you wait long enough. Even when counseling or medication aren’t required, the suffering your teen endures when depressed is very real and needs to be recognized.   Unfortunately, recognizing teen depression isn’t always easy, even for the most caring parents. Some teens aren’t able or willing to talk about depression […]

Helping Kids Prepare for a New and Different School Year

  • Child with backpack entering school doors

When school starts on August 5, there will be nothing routine about this year’s “back to school” experience. How can parents help their children prepare for what is sure to be a stressful situation? How can parents prepare themselves? Here are a few simple suggestions: Be honest with your child. […]