School Age Child

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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Sports Injuries in Kids: What Parents Need to Know


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Most parents know that an active child is a healthy child – but what about the inevitable injuries if they play sports? Sally Harris, M.D., MPH, a specialist in pediatric and adolescent sports medicine at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, says the most common serious sports-related injury for young children (prior to puberty) is a broken bone, also called a fracture. Before reaching puberty, children’s flexible bones are their most vulnerable points as cartilage is still filling in and the ends of the bones are weaker and softer to allow for growth. See Dr. Harris’s answers to common questions from parents about fractures and other sports injuries in kids. Read More

Tips for Traveling with Kids


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, Let Your Children Sleep

boysleepingatdesk.blogChildren 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

Keeping Kids Balanced in the Age of Electronics

The media has been around for decades, but the plethora of technology options today dwarfs what was available even 20 years ago. Between television, MP3 players, video games, computers, cell phones and portable electronic devices, kids’ lives could easily be consumed by electronic devices.

According to a study published by the Kaiser Foundation, kids ages 8 to 18 years old average eight hours of media time every day. We talked to Dr. James Ferrara, a pediatrician at member of the Mills-Peninsula Division of PAMF, about some of the benefits and pitfalls of this exposure.

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