Parenting

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Healthy body image and it’s best friend, high self esteem, are hardest to find in teenage girls, but let’s not forget that teenage boys and kids of all ages can potentially suffer from an unhealthy or distorted body image (not to mention adults). Your child’s self- image isn’t plain to see, so monitoring it can be challenging. But, the same way we can prevent illness by being proactive about healthy

Childhood innocence at risk due to media exposure? How parents can help…

Wilhelmina Hernandez Imagine yourself as a child running in a field of tall grass on a bright sunny day. Do you smell the fresh air? Do you feel the air whizzing through your hair? Do you hear the birds chirping in the background? This pureness of life may be threatened by media technology available to the new generation. Childhood innocence can be affected as early as infancy and persists to

Preventing suffocation injuries in the home

Unintentional injuries are the number one cause of death of children in the US. The CDC reports nearly 9 million children aged 0 to 19 years are seen in emergency departments annually for injuries, and more than 9,000 children die as a result of being injured. This financial burden is roughly $11.5 billion annually, and remains the leading cause of medical spending in children. As parents, we desire to protect

Kidney stones (Nephrolithiasis) in children

Kidney stones (Nephrolithiasis) in children Alex Constantinescu, MD     It has become more frequent than a weekly office encounter with children who complain of symptoms of, or have risk factors for, kidney stones (also known as calculi). The exact incidence of kidney stones in children is unknown, although multiple studies have pointed out an increase over the recent years, and the lower age at presentation, making nephrolithiasis a disease

Do You Think Your Child Has Kidney Disease?

Kidney diseases can be silent, and a few signs may help parents suspect their child suffers from one. Let’s start with the urine, which on some occasions becomes the “mirror” of the kidneys. Just by looking at the color, transparency, persistent foaming, or sediment (in infants a diaper stain) the parent can suspect a problem and bring it to the attention of their physician, aiding in early diagnosis. Fever is