Kids’ Health

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

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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Speech Development in Children




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


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