I used to believe we should leave medicine to the doctors and faith to the Church. I didn’t really understand that my pediatrician would become a personal mentor for me as I navigated parenthood. I didn’t really consider that my pediatrician would become a private confidant of my children, discussing sensitive issues behind closed doors.
When I was in medical school I told a professor that if I ever had a child with ADHD I would homeschool him before I gave him ADHD medications. Seven years later my son was prescribed a variant of Ritalin. I cried. He took it. His school life and our home life got easier. And I learned how to be a better parent.
American teens are stressed and depressed. As a pediatrician, I see the suicide attempts, the overdoses, and all the new methods that teens are finding to intentionally hurt themselves—to somehow dull the pain.
It’s getting worse. According to recent results from the Stress in America Study, teens are now more stressed out than adults:
No.. it’s not just the less-than-healthy content that kids can watch on TV that is hurting them. TVs that are unstably mounted often fall on industrious toddlers trying to reach them, resulting in about 12,300 injuries among U.S. children under age 18 in 2011, up 126% from 5,455 injuries in 1990. These statistics were published in the August, 2013 issue of the medical journal Pediatrics.
In December, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that TV tip-overs were involved in 215 deaths between 2000 and 2011, including 206 children under age 18.
It’s 10:15 pm and my 2 1/2 –year-old is still awake, touching my mouse while I try to type. She took a late nap and now we’re paying the consequences. A few months ago the same thing happened and I did the unthinkable—I put her back in her bed, with the iPad.
Total mom fail—isn’t that against all the recommendations of all the academies of everything medical?
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.” (NRSV) So what is the right way to train a child? First and foremost, I want to train my children to love as Jesus did. Here are 11 easy things you can do each day to love your children more fully, and teach them to love as Jesus did.
Even pediatricians agree that a little bit of screen time each day is okay for kids. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children over 2 should be limited to 2 hours of “recreational screen time” per day. In our house, we try to limit recreational screen time to one hour per day, but because we homeschool our kids do a lot of ed
We call our 2-year-old “the sleep bandit.” Every night we get our kids through the bath, in pajamas, and finally, after multiple stories and lots of kisses and snuggles, we close the last bedroom door. About 5 minutes later we hear her little feet… and we start the game of putting her back to bed, many, many times. She just won’t sleep. Out of desperation we tried giving her a little melatonin… it worked.
Lots of adults regulate their sleep with melatonin supplements, but what about kids? Is melatonin safe for children? Does it work?
You really can get your baby to sleep through the night. You can sleep too. There are some simple methods that have worked for parents for years. But recently some people suggested that teaching infants to fall asleep is bad for their brains-- that it teaches babies "learned helplessness." I don't think so.
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