December 14, 2018

Allowing (and expecting) teens to communicate and advocate from themselves in the healthcare setting is a great way to set them up for a healthy future. Talking with the doctor alone not only allows for better medical care, it also helps to foster independence.

June 6, 2018

So glad to see the topic of eating disorders in athletes being discussed. I see, all around me, a cultural emphasis on fitness and wellness that is actually disordered eating in disguise (and occasionally an outright eating disorder). If you have an athletic daughter,...

November 18, 2017

As a follow-up to my recent post on "juuling", here's an article on vaping, and some new concerning research. Talk to your teens-- this trend is not as benign as they believe it to be.

September 19, 2017

Have you talked to your teen about safe piercings/ tattoos? The American Academy of Pediatrics just came out with guidelines for clinicians and young people, including advice that adolescents and young adults should "carefully assess the hygiene practices of the establ...

How much sleep are your kids getting? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, teens need 8-10 hours/night. Younger kids need even more. Chronic sleep deprivation is associated with learning, attention and behavioral problems, higher rate of injuries, and numer...

October 14, 2016

Nutrition talking points from Lisa Damour, Ph.D., just in time for Halloween!

June 28, 2016

Definitely a delicate topic. When it comes to making comments about your child's weight, it's probably best to bite your tongue.

Kids should play multiple sports for as long as possible. Early specialization leads to injuries and burn-out. Watch this brief video featuring an orthopedic surgeon that served as a team physician for Stanford, the 49ers, and as a consultant for the SF Giants.

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