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Kids’ Health

Blog posts from PAMF physicians and medical staff with pediatrics, teen health and parenting tips.

Safe Sleep for Babies

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Sleep is an important part of your baby’s development, and good sleep habits can be a blessing for both babies and parents alike. It is also important to know how to create safe sleep for babies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death for infants between 1 month and 1 year of age. Stephanie C. Chiang, M.D., MPH, a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, offers the following simple tips for ensuring safe sleep for babies.  Read More

Vitamin D Deficiency: What to Know

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Are you fully protecting your bones? If you’re not getting enough vitamin D, you’re not – no matter how much calcium you or your kids get from milk, cheese or yogurt.

Sayali Ranadive, M.D., a specialist in pediatric endocrinology at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, explains the important role vitamin D plays in our health, and why many Americans — both adults and children — suffer vitamin D deficiency, but don’t know it.

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How to Prevent ACL Tears in Teens

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ACL tears happen suddenly, almost without fail, each high school sports season. A teenager jumps or pivots fast to get the ball. The teen may feel a pop in the knee, but usually can walk off the field. Within 24 to 48 hours the teen’s knee is severely swollen.

And if your teenage athlete is a girl, her risk of tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is four to six times greater than a boy’s. Why? “That’s the hot question right now,” says Sally Harris, M.D., a pediatric sports medicine doctor at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. At first, researchers thought hormones and girls’ body structure increased their risk. But studies now indicate those are minor points. More likely, Dr. Harris says, girls are at greater risk for ACL tears because of two factors, both preventable:

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