While your kids are young, you might think it wise to postpone any ambitious travel plans. But it’s worth reconsidering. Don’t let your children – and the whole family – miss out on travel, which provides enriching learning opportunities.
Palo Alto Medical Foundation pediatrician Manisha Panchal, M.D., answers parents’ common questions about traveling with children, and offers these tips for safe, healthy and happy travels together.
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Parents are often horrified when their sweet toddler turns into an unrecognizable monster, kicking, screaming and writhing on the floor because they can’t get what they want. Although it may seem that time is standing still when your child is having a tantrum, these fits of temper are a normal part of a young child’s development and he or she will eventually grow out of them.
Children overall are more sleep deprived than ever before. Not only do kids go to bed as late as 10 p.m., but they also have inconsistent bedtimes, which can lead to hyperactivity and trouble with social and emotional behavior. As adults, we feel fatigue when deprived of sleep. But studies show that sleep deprived children typically exhibit hyperactivity and quick mood swings.
Fortunately, behavior improves significantly once children have a consistent bedtime that gives them adequate sleep. Why do so many educated parents unknowingly deprive their children of something so basic and crucial to good development? Here are five main reasons, and suggestions for solutions from Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s internal medicine specialist Ronesh Sinha, M.D. Read More about Parents, Let Your Children Sleep
With studies and the media reporting increases in kids’ food allergies, should parents be worried? Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s allergist and immunologist Grace Peace Yu, M.D., answers some of the questions she hears most frequently from parents.
Going to college can be an exciting and stressful time for teens. In college, they’ll face many new responsibilities along with sudden independence. They may have a roommate for the first time in their lives, and lose privacy they value. They can study all night – or party all night – without anyone suggesting they slow down.
Help your teen prepare. Print these tips and tuck them in your teen’s suitcase – or email this blog post – to share gentle reminders on how to keep college life in balance.
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If you see dry, red, scaly patches on your child’s skin, he or she may have eczema, a condition caused by inflammation. Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema often runs in families and is linked to allergic conditions such as asthma and hay fever. Unfortunately, eliminating certain things from your child’s diet or environment may not necessarily improve eczema.
Although there is no cure for eczema, your child’s skin will often improve substantially by the time he or she has reached school age (usually around 4 or 5), and many children outgrow this uncomfortable condition.
Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s pediatric dermatologist Amy Gilliam, M.D., provides tips on managing your child’s eczema and offers answers to some of the most common questions she hears from patients. Read More about Soothing Your Child’s Eczema