Catholic Pediatrics Blog

Getting your family ready for the summer

Floating LifebealtSchool’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.

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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:

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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.

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I Just Want You to Be Happy: No, We Want Much, Much More for You

In the 1950’s, a group of psychologists began promulgating ideas related to the pursuit of happiness and flourishing.

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Do natural bug repellents work?

Mother Applying Bug Spray To DaughterIt’s hard to feel good about putting synthetic bug repellents on your kids.  They smell like chemicals and the bottles are covered in warnings.  Is there a more natural bug repellent that actually works? 

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Can labor and delivery drugs cause your child to have ADHD?

Good news for moms and babies: pitocin didn’t cause your child’s ADHD.  A large medical research study published this month shows no link between the drug oxytocin (also known as pitocin) and ADHD, despite a smaller study from 2011 that suggested that ADHD could be related to use of this drug during labor.

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Addressing the Mental Health Crisis: What Really Matters

Evidence increasingly suggests that psychological difficulties are on the rise.  The Global Disease Burden Study, published in August of 2013, declared that “mental and substance use disorders are the leading cause of nonfatal illness worldw

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That anal itch: how to diagnose and permanently get rid of pinworms

MoodyKidThat mom’s face said it all– her expression changed from worried to grossed-out as I showed her the squiggling worm protruding from her daughter’s anus under the bright light of my examining room.  She had brought her toddler to the emergency room because she was awakening in the night and scratching her bottom and complaining of rectal itch. 

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Cut your bills: 12 ways to save money on over-the-counter medications

There’s nothing like a sick kid to make a parent desperate, willing to spend a lot of money on any medication that might help.  Before you open your wallet for over-the-counter medications, check out these 12 money-saving tips.  I’ll bet you walk out of the store a bit richer.

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