Not My Teen: What parents need to know about cough medicine abuse

No parent wants to believe that their teenager would willingly consume up to 25 times the recommended dose of an over-the-counter cough medicine in order to get high. But the unfortunate reality is that 1 in 20 teens will abuse excessive amounts of dextromethorphan (DXM), the effective ingredient (cough suppressant) found in many OTC cough…

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What children can teach us about death

I had no idea where she went. I thought she didn’t want to hear anymore of my fore-warnings or failed attempts to make it all okay. My husband and I had been prepping her for weeks…any day now, honey. Pinkie’s not looking so good. Somehow, on that night, at 5 years old, she knew. She…

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Question of the season: Is it a cold or allergies?

So it didn’t take long for those back-to-school bugs to take hold. Sore throats, runny noses, and goopy eyes abound now in classrooms and pediatric offices everywhere. And now, more than ever, with Fall waiting in the wings…many parents find themselves asking: Is this a cold or does my child have seasonal allergies? Admittedly, it…

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Back-to-School: On keeping your kids healthy and safe all year long

So the kids are officially back-to-school. Are yours back too? Or are you still squeezing in the last bits of summer before being thrust into the morning rush that is packing lunches, signing papers, making breakfast, and spraying down unruly bedheads? I both love and loathe this time of year. I love that my kids…

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Survival tips for traveling with kids in tow

Vacation is fun. Whether it’s a quick weekend getaway or a long anticipated 2 weeks spent on the beach with just you and your family. We all need this family reprieve every now and then. But we all know…getting there with kids in tow can (sometimes) be the exact opposite of fun. It’s. Hard. Work….

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At the end of the day…5 tips for reconnecting as a family

Walking in the door after a long day of clinic is both the best and frankly, the hardest part of my day. I still get the running with excitement to greet me…sometimes even with homemade art projects thrust into my face. All in the name of love. And I love it. But I’m exhausted. And…

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Don’t let burns, cuts, scrapes, or bites get in your way of Summer Fun

  Summer means exploring the great outdoors. Camping, days at the beach, hiking, and fishing by the lake…sounds like idyllic Summer Fun to me. And it is. But with all the fun, we know as parents we’ll be faced with our fair share of skinned knees, insect bites, red noses and shoulders (oops!), and the…

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