I remember a warm September day at the playground 22 years ago. I was there with my 19-month-old daughter and newborn son. Zack was hungry, so I sat down on a bench to nurse him -- but every time I got him settled, Michaela ran away from me. Far away, out-of-view away (she was a quick little thing). The playground was fenced in, but there were lots of ways for ...

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It happens each time one of my children enters the teenage years (sometimes a little bit before). I go from having a lovely child and feeling like a reasonably pleasant parent to having a moody houseguest and becoming a shrew. You'd think, having gone through this now four times, that I'd figure out how to avoid it. Or that I'd expect it. Or not let it bother me so much. Nope. ...

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I love being a pediatrician; there's nothing I would rather do. But sometimes I get frustrated by things that parents do -- or don't do. I'm not talking about things like being late (hey, I run late, it would be unfair to complain), or getting upset with the staff about waiting (hey, I'm going as fast as I can and what if it were your kid who needed more time?), or ...

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Tackling: in so many ways, it's what football is all about. Now, of course running, passing and scoring (and strategy) are important parts of football too. But it's tackling that stops the opponent. Without tackling, you can't play football. Or can you? A policy statement just released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that we need to do some thinking about tackling and its impact -- literally -- on ...

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I did something really death-defying with my daughter this summer. I taught her to drive. Truly, teaching a teen to drive is scarier than just about anything else we do as a parent. It's scarier than giving birth, as there are usually skilled people around during labor who can take over if things go awry. It's way scarier than first days of school or first dates, scarier than most illnesses and injuries ...

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As a pediatrician, I get lots of questions from parents -- but sometimes I wish they would ask different ones. That's what check-ups are for, really: questions. Aside from questions about illnesses (obviously my purview, as a doctor), I get questions about just about every aspect of a child's life. The parents of babies and young children ask the most -- here are some of the most common: Should my baby's poop ...

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shutterstock_196751390 There's an awful lot we don't know about the effects of screen time on babies and toddlers -- which is too bad, as babies and toddlers get an awful lot of it these days. We don't know if watching TV or using tablets or smartphones will turn them into violent zombies, make them brilliant computer scientists, do something in between or do nothing ...

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shutterstock_245476813 The explosion of tech and screens into the lives of children is outrageously obvious to me as a pediatrician. Besides the fact that most kids and parents seem to be attached to a phone or tablet when I enter the exam room, when I ask questions about how kids spend their days (and nights), screens seem to be part of everything. You'd think ...

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Here's a question for you: Which causes more deaths, motor vehicle traffics accidents or firearms? I asked a bunch of people that question, including a bunch of doctors, and everyone said that motor vehicles did, by a lot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013, 33,804 people died from motor vehicle traffic accidents -- and 33, 636 died from firearms. They kill the same number of ...

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shutterstock_220684471 When you send your kid to dance class, it's reasonable to think that not only are they learning how to dance, but that they are getting exercise. Most parents think that way; dance class certainly gets mentioned when I ask parents in my practice what their children do for exercise. Not so much, says a study just published in the ...

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