Kids’ Health

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

The Benefits of Exercise for Kids


Kids need to move. From school-age up through young adulthood, kids should get at least 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day. Unfortunately, most kids aren’t getting the recommended amount of daily exercise. The result? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Here are some tips and information from Mona Luke-Zeitoun, M.D., a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, to help make physical activity a regular part of your child’s life for optimal good health.

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Teaching Your Child Resilience


Although parents naturally to want to protect their children from the ups and downs of life, it’s not always possible, especially as kids get older. Accordingly, one of the most important things you can do is to help your child develop the resilience, confidence and skills they need to handle problems and setbacks successfully. In this blog post, Manisha Panchal, M.D., a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, answers these common questions and offers tips to help parents teach their kids how to stay healthy and balanced even when the going gets tough. Read More

A Healthy Start to School


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


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


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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