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7 Reasons Why Your Child Needs a Catholic Pediatrician

Why your child needs a Catholic Pediatrician

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. 

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Recent Articles

Sweaty, Smelly Teens and Tweens: How to Stop the Sweat

There comes a certain age when our kids start to smell and sweat like teens.  For most adolescents, this is a temporary phase that will improve with age.  A few will struggle with hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and osmidrosis (foul-smelling sweat)  for their whole lives.  Don’t worry-- with just a few tricks and the right antiperspirant, you can help your child control that sweaty smell all day long.  
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Do You Know What Is Coming into Your Youth’s Phone?

It is 11:30 P.M on a Thursday night.  Your 13-year-old daughter is asleep.  Suddenly she awakes to a ding from her phone.

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Car Seat Until Age 8? Who Actually Follows this Recommendation?

I’ll admit it– when it comes to car seats, I just can’t practice everything I preach.

As a pediatrician I recommend that kids stay in a five-point restraint car seat until age 8, in accordance with the research-supported guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics. When you finally graduate from a car seat you’re still supposed to stay in a booster seat until you’re 12 years old or 4 feet 9 inches.

As a mom, I’ve never actually met anyone following these recommendations. If you are following them, please comment below and let us know how you’re doing it.

Here’s the official carseat and booster seat guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

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The Namby Pamby Effect: Are Our Kids Growing Up Soft and Confused?

When Jacob was four years old, he earned his first, shiny trophy, courtesy of participation in a nearby t-ball league. As he grew older, trophies, plaques, and medals for participation started piling up in his closet. One day, he even received a trophy for attending a friend’s birthday party. In 3rd grade, Jacob earned his first trip to the principal’s office for bad behavior, and was given a lower level referral (formerly known as a demerit). Moderate or higher level referrals didn’t exist. By the time he reached middle school, he learned that as long as he kept his referrals under ten for the year, his parents would not be contacted by the school. Meanwhile, despite putting little effort (at home or school) into his schoolwork, he slid by with mostly B’s and C’s courtesy of the well-documented trend of grade inflation. He and his classmates quickly learned that they could get into the online grading system and figure which assignments counted, and which were worth few or no points at all. They quickly became experts on how to slide by.

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14 Ways to Make Summer Memories that Last a Lifetime

As summer draws near, families can enjoy more time together.  How can this precious time be best spent?  I am reminded of an old Donovan song, “…Do few things, but do them well, simple joys are holy…if you want your dream to be, take your time go slowly…” Choose carefully a good balance of meaningful activities, and allow time for reflection.  That is the key to making and preserving memories in a family.  Here are some ways of moving in that direction.

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Getting your family ready for the summer

School’s out and summer is here– are you excited for fun family time or afraid of the chaos?  For most parents it is both, so my fellow mom-pediatricians and I have put together some tips to help you have a fun-filled summer without so much chaos.

1)     Set household expectations: What are your rules for screen time?  How about bedtime and wake-up time?  You can set clear expectations while still giving your kids plenty of rest and downtime.

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When your child will only poop in a pull up, not the potty…

A parent brought up this common potty-training issue in the live parenting chat I do on STLToday:

“My 3 1/2 year old son will urinate in the toilet but will not poop. We put a pull-up on him and THEN he goes. Is there anything to help speed his toilet training along? Thank you.” 

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Always Believe in Yourself No Matter What Anyone Says: On Second Thought, Know When to Heed Advice and When to Go Alone

The year was 2003. American Idol had just soared to the top of the television charts in just its second season. For eight consecutive years to follow, it would rank number one as complete unknowns suddenly found themselves as household names. By season ten, almost 750 million people would call in to vote on their favorite performer. As Idol producers travelled to different cities looking for new talent, young people would camp out for days at a time just for a shot at Hollywood and superstardom. Soon after, locales and organizations began holding their own version of Idol competitions as everyone seemed to yearn for a chance to show off their hidden talent. Yet beneath all the soulful, harmonious sounds, another storyline soon broke through of a very different nature and captured audiences in its own way. They were the auditions that never should have happened. Although some of the singers were undoubtedly driven by an opportunity for a few moments of fame (or infamy), what made many of the train wreck tryouts so compelling was the singer truly thought he or she had brilliance yet unrealized; even worse, when confronted with the obvious reality, the singer remained defiant to a truth that many others, including the judges, had tried to pass along.

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