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Science 101 + Mythbusting

We love science lessons. These posts are from experts who teach us the science behind the topic. Here we tackle conspiracy topics that get in the way of positive health outcomes in children, debunk health myths, and delve further into woo-woo topics that show up a lot in parenting circles – that may or may not have science to back them up. Also included are issues related to homeopathy, and “natural” medications.

Kids Can Get Urinary Tract Infections Too

By August 15, 2016 1 Comment

If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection (UTI), you know it can be very painful and when it’s not painful it’s uncomfortable.  Pretty much anyone who has had one would say that it’s not very fun. In fact, 50% of women will have had a UTI before the age of 32, and pregnancy only increases […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Science 101 + Mythbusting

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

Why the Natural Birth Movement Needs to Talk About Dr. Amy Tuteur

By May 16, 2016 9 Comments

A few weeks ago Dr. Amy Tuteur wrote an opinion piece about  home birth for the New York Times entitled “Why Is American Home Birth So Dangerous?” and the Internet did what it naturally does: exploded with outrage.  Inflammatory! Judgmental! Incorrect! I have heard it all, but it’s that last claim that I’m really interested […]

Categories: Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning, Science 101 + Mythbusting

Transgender Bathroom Debate Misleads Parents About Sexual Violence

By May 9, 2016 No Comments

This post is in response to numerous reader questions regarding children, sexual violence and transgender bathroom rights. As the parent of two young children, and a professional working in the anti-sexual violence movement, I spend a great deal of time thinking about the prevention of child sexual abuse. Recent national headlines have discussed legislative efforts […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, Science 101 + Mythbusting

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

What Is Thimerosal and Why Are Some People Worried About it?

By April 14, 2016 3 Comments

“I don’t wanna put mercury in my baby, Doc; it’s poison.”  After Robert DeNiro’s anti-vaccination massive misstep Tuesday, I’m yet again, dreading hearing these words. This is where, as a pediatrician, I grit my teeth (sorry, dentists).  I know that when I parent tells me this,  that science has lost another battle with fear in […]

Categories: Disability + Disability Advocacy, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Science 101 + Mythbusting