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Kids’ Health

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

A Healthy Start to School

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Whether your child is just starting kindergarten or simply moving up a grade, back to school is a great time to review your child’s medical needs and ensure he or she gets off to the best start for a healthy school year. Start by helping your child look forward to school by talking about it as an exciting opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones, and to learn new and interesting things. Karin Wertz, M.D., a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, offers these suggestions to help your child have healthy year at school.

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Common Rashes in Kids: What to Know

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When an uncomfortable-looking rash suddenly develops on your child’s skin, you may immediately be concerned and consider heading to the doctor. A variety of skin rashes are common during childhood, and many can be cared for with over-the-counter medications while carefully observing your child at home. In this blog post, Palo Alto Medical Foundation pediatric dermatologist Amy Gilliam, M.D., answers these questions about some of the most common rashes to help guide you on when you can watch and wait, and when you should head to the doctor. Read More

A Look at Early Child Development

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Crawling, walking and talking are just a few of a child’s developmental milestones parents eagerly anticipate. But an overabundance of developmental details just a click away on the Internet and other parents touting their children’s advances can make parents anxious about their own child’s progress. So when should you be concerned? Brian Tang, M.D., a specialist in behavioral and developmental pediatrics at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, answers questions parents frequently ask about their child’s development. Read More

Medication Tips for Your Child

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Nina Rezai, M.D., a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, answers these questions parents ask her frequently about medication safety and how best to help children when they get sick.

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Speech Development in Children

 

 

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A child’s first word, whether it’s “mama,” “dada” or the family pet’s name, is one of parents’ most eagerly anticipated milestones. One word usually leads to many others, and soon parents are enjoying the creative ways their little ones are communicating. But what if a child experiences speech issues, such as delayed speech or stuttering?

“Keep in mind that there’s a wide range in what is considered normal speech development,” says Debra Barra-Stevens, M.D., a board-certified pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

In this blog post, Dr. Barra-Stevens answers common questions from parents about speech development.

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Tips for a Safe and Healthy Holiday

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Holiday decorations, twinkly lights, special foods, gifts and family get-togethers. The holidays can be a magical time of year for children, but all that excitement and fun can sometimes result in accidents and health hazards. Follow these precautionary tips from Karin K. Wertz, M.D., a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation to ensure that everyone in your family enjoys a safe and healthy holiday season. Read More