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Ages + Stages

These posts address issues related to issues children usually face in specific stages of life, (newborns, infants, toddlers, preschool, tweens, and teens), as well as developmental and behavioral changes and challenges that pop up along the way.

How to Talk to Your Son About Brock Turner, Consent and Sexual Assault

By June 9, 2016 1 Comment

“Mom, have you heard about the Stanford swimmer?” My breath catches as I look at my nine-year-old son sitting in front of me. The room fades away; I’m at a crossroads. Behind me is safe territory, of stuffed animals and lullabies and schoolyard games. Before me, an adolescent abyss, shrouded in fog and uncertainty. I […]

Categories: Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, School-Aged Children

How to Explain the Weather to Kids

By May 24, 2016 No Comments

I’m many things — Husband, father, brother, son, mediocre softball player — but none of those matter quite as much with people as when they learn that I am a meteorologist. After my fake laughter subsides from the ever clever quip about getting paid to be wrong,* I usually am bombarded with all sorts of […]

Categories: School-Aged Children, Science 101 + Mythbusting, Toddlers + Preschoolers

How to Spot the Signs of Hearing Loss Early

By May 18, 2016 1 Comment

Why does the TV volume need to be so loud? Why don’t you follow the direction the first time I said it? Why is my child’s vocabulary not developing as fast as their siblings did? These are all valid questions that parents ask themselves when their child is having difficulty hearing – and often they […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Newborns + Infants, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers

How Soon is ‘Too Soon’ to Leave Your Baby for the First Time?

By May 2, 2016 1 Comment

Last year, the public rallied behind Chrissy Teigen after she opened up to discuss her infertility struggles. At the time, she thanked her fans for the kind and encouraging words that were sent her way. Unfortunately, the good will disappeared almost as soon as she got pregnant. When she started showing earlier than some people […]

Categories: Newborns + Infants, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health

Child’s Cough Sound Like Barking? It Could Be Croup!

By April 26, 2016 No Comments

If you’ve ever heard it, you will never forget it: the sound of a child with a croup cough, which has a very distinctive sound. Unfortunately, you’ll typically hear it in the middle of the night, so you are going to need to know what to do to alleviate your child’s symptoms when it happens.  But […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants

Is My Kid’s Growth Normal? A Primer on Childhood Growth Charts

By April 17, 2016 No Comments

Chances are, one of many things your pediatrician will do at your child’s check up is plot his/her height and weight on the growth chart, and tell you what percentile your child falls into on that chart. But what should you do with this information? And what does that percentile mean? This first thing to […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, Science 101 + Mythbusting

Can We Really Prevent Peanut Allergy by Feeding It to Infants?

By April 6, 2016 1 Comment

Luke, what does Uncle Dave always say? “No nuts!” That’s exactly the advice I gave to my 2-year-old nephew when I first started my allergy/immunology fellowship a decade ago. After all, those were the recommendations published in 2000 from the American Academy of Pediatrics. To try and prevent the development of food allergies, the guidelines […]

Categories: Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, Newborns + Infants, Toddlers + Preschoolers