What to Expect in Babies Book Review: Touchpoints – Birth to Three by Berry Brazelton, MD

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From the day they are born, babies’ motor movements and their social and emotional abilities steadily unfold and develop alongside their physical appearance. These changes, most of them completely normal, may still concern their mothers and fathers. An alteration in the shape of their baby’s head is an example of physical development that worries parents, […]

Social Distancing in a Solo Pediatric Office: What are you doing in your office?

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There is no shortage of instructions from experts, policymakers, and business owners on what to do and what not do to stop the spread of coronavirus. The message is clear on social distancing as one of the remedies. Frequent handwashing, wearing a protective facial mask, sneezing on the inner elbow, and keeping away from others […]

Why waiting for Christmas may be bad for your child

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Why waiting for Christmas may be bad for your child With toys wrapped and placed under the tree, with new shoes hidden in room cabinets and new pants and shirts inside locked down closets, children are outraged with their parents and caregivers. If without Christmas they cannot have their belongings, then who is holding up […]

Men at 58

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It was not that long ago that I was an eighteen-year-old boy, with a sculpted face only a craftsman could have brought to life. I sported a trunk as flat as the board on which my elementary school teacher, Coby, wasted thousands of chalks teaching the rest of the children and me, including a beauty […]

What to have for Dinner

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My previous article “What to have for lunch,” attracted many readers. Since dinner comes after lunch, I also wanted to talk about what to have dinner. Dieticians and clinicians always tell people what not to eat, but often do not tell them what they should eat. They do so not because they want people to […]

Nosebleed in Children

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I have always known that nosebleed is a common medical issue that needed some general education, yet for years I kept procrastinating about a discussion on the subject.  Parents worry so much and are frightened when their children bleed from the nose. They come to my medical office with pillowcases and bedsheets stained from a […]

Anemia in Children: Even your aunt can tell when you are anemic – Part 1

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Within one week of private medical practice I encountered three children with anemia. One was a seventeen-year-old girl who came to my office for a sports clearance medical examination. She enjoyed playing tennis a lot. When her blood test result came back, her hemoglobin level was 7.8. On speaking to mother, the teen did not […]