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Concussions: What You Need to Know


The rate of concussions in kids from sports or recreation injuries rose 60 percent in the past decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each year, more than 173,000 children and adolescents are treated in emergency rooms for concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.

Everyone wants to prevent concussions, but how? Proper safety equipment such as helmets and general safety precautions are the best prevention currently available.  And what do you do once your child or teen has a concussion?

Pediatricians at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation offer this quick guide to coping with a concussion.

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7 Tips to Prevent Sports Injuries


You sit at your desk most of the day. On the weekends, it’s time to finally get outside and let loose. Maybe for a long hike, or a bike ride, or a few hours shooting hoops with friends.

Ouch! Do you sometimes over do it?

“I see that all the time,” says Jaclyn Wey, M.D., an orthopedic specialist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “As we get older your body doesn’t work like it did when you were a kid. You can’t sit at your desk all day and then go out and start running or jumping hoops on the weekend.”

In fact, PAMF’s Mountain View Center opened a Monday morning acute care clinic just for those weekend warriors who suffer sports injuries on Sunday.

Knee pain – called patellofemoral pain syndrome – is the most common sports injury Dr. Wey sees in people in their 30s. In plain words, that syndrome means you have pain around your kneecap, almost always because you needed to stretch more before working out, she says.

Here are some ways you can get the exercise you crave on weekends without injury. Read More

New Parents: When to Call the Doctor


New parents often marvel that such an adorable and precious bundle of joy has become part of their lives. But the responsibility for another human being – one who can only communicate by crying, pooping and sleeping – can be overwhelming. Especially if you think your baby might be sick.

“New parents should never hesitate to call their child’s doctor if they are concerned,” says Rebecca Fazilat, M.D., a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “Doctors who care for children, such as pediatricians and family medicine doctors, expect a lot of calls because it takes experience for parents to learn how and when to respond to their child’s illness.”

While you are still learning to understand “baby language,” follow Dr. Fazilat’s guidelines on when you should seek medical help for your little one. Read More

Why Walking Is Important for Your Health


If you think about exercise only in terms of intense cardio workouts such as running or biking, you may be missing out on the very health benefits you are trying to gain. In this blog post, Ronesh (Ron) Sinha, M.D., a PAMF internal medicine doctor, explains why the simplest exercises, such as walking, are the most important for our health.   Read More

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

The Truth About Age and Fertility


We’ve all heard a story like this: A 40-something celebrity gets pregnant with twins. But these headlines may be giving false hope to women who wait until later in life to start a family. National Infertility Awareness Week, April 20-26, aims to increase knowledge about infertility and clarify some common misconceptions.  Alexis Kim, M.D., a fertility expert from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), helps shed light on common myths about age and fertility.

Myth: A woman can easily get pregnant well into her 40s.

“This is one of the most common misconceptions about fertility: that a woman can easily get pregnant in her 40s,” Dr. Kim says. “The decline in a woman’s fertility starts to become more noticeable in her mid 30s or sometimes even earlier. By the time she is in her 40s, it is significantly harder for her to conceive.” Read More

Introducing Your Baby to Solid Foods

A father feeding their baby.

Watching the changing – and often comical – expressions on your baby’s face when they first try solid foods is a delightful and exciting time for many parents. It’s also a time when parents have many questions for their child’s doctor: when to start, what foods to begin with and how much to feed.

“In the beginning, it’s important to remember that starting solid foods is all about learning for the child,” says Katharine Padrez, M.D., a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “Keep the experience fun and enjoyable. Your baby is learning about new flavors, different textures, how to move solids from the front to the back of the mouth and how to take food from a spoon.”

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