Catholic Pediatrics Blog

A New Vision of Technology and Our Youth

Over the past three years, I have written a lot about the issues of media/technology and our youth of today. Much of it is available on my Just Thinking site, and I encourage you to check out the articles/series that I have published about various topics, some of which include much more specific recommendations regarding how to address media/technology concerns. Through all of this, though, I realize that some people often look at recommendations such as mine from a restrictive standpoint, in much of the same way we might view health advice or religious beliefs. For this (and many other reasons), it is understandable that we would feel worn down by advice that does not naturally coalesce with how we and others might be living today. But beyond the perception of rules and restraint, there is another vision for media/technology and our youth that is aspirational. - See more at: http://www.catholicpediatrics.com/articles/new-vision-technology-and-our...

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Why 1:1 Is Not the Answer: Taking a Closer Look at Technology in the Schools

In the educational climate of today, nothing is perceived as more progressive than finding ways to digitalize everything students are doing.

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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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America’s next divisive issue: Vaccines. Where do you stand? Now is the time to act.

Government control over vaccinations has become America’s next divisive political issue, and now is the time to speak your mind. After the measles outbreak in Disneyland in January more than 100 bills about vaccinations were introduced in 36 state legislatures.

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Declare Independence from Fireworks Injuries

A few years ago, we saw an early July 4th injury at St. Louis Children’s Hospital—a 10 year old boy lost four fingers while setting off fireworks.

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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.

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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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Teens and Tattoos: 7 medical risks to talk about before you get inked

Thirty-six percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 have tattoos, according to a 2013 report from the Pew Research Center, and the desire to get inked seems to be rising. Just look around at the pool and you’ll see the body-art show.

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