This time of year is very difficult for my family as we lost my nephew Noah to suicide.  I write to remind folks that teens can become depressed and even suicidal. I hope that no other families will have to experience this pain. Suicide does not end pain, it just passes the pain to those who love you.

 
Please share the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Depression is treatable. Let’s prevent teen suicide. If you feel your teen is depressed, reach out to the hotline, call your pediatric healthcare provider, or mental health provider.  Take action.  Do not delay.
 
*Note after July 16, 2022, Calling 988 will direct you to the above lifeline.

In this busy season, there are so many things to do.  One of those things includes taking your child to the pediatric health clinic.  As a pediatric healthcare provider, I want to give you some simple hints to make each visit a little more productive and hopefully smoother. Read my article to see the 12 tips I recommend for a smoother visit: https://www.tidewaterfamily.com/health/prep-for-your-next-pediatric-visit

Please be extra patient as there are staffing shortages everywhere. 

Most parents deal with diaper rash at some time or another.  Still parents wonder, if diaper rash means that they did something wrong.  People wonder if diaper rash is a sign of bad parenting.  It certainly is not.  Any child can get a diaper rash for a variety of reasons so do not feel one bit guilty if your infant or child gets one. Read more about how you can deal with diaper rash and learn what to do to prevent diaper rash and how to care for it when it pops up unexpectedly.

https://www.tidewaterfamily.com/health/dealing-with-diaper-rash

Nosebleeds are rather common in children, but can be so annoying, both for the parent and for the child.  They can even be embarassing, as they can happen just about anywhere and at any time. These happen to nearly every child and are rarely serious, but can be concerning. What can you as a parent do to treat and prevent nosebleeds? 

Read more about nosebleeds: https://www.tidewaterfamily.com/health/nosebleeds-in-children?highlight=WyJub3NlYmxlZWRzIl0=

 

I know it’s a weird topic, constipation, but the fact is that constipation is the number one cause of belly pain in children.  Many parents do not realize that their child is constipated.  They see that the child goes and sits on the toilet regularly, even for extended periods.  They ask their child,”Did you poop?” When the child says yes, the day proceeds.  What parents do not realize is that the child could have pooped just a pellet, or really had to strain, or it was difficult. Click the link below to read this month’s column in Tidewater Family to learn more about constipated kids and what you can do to help your child.

https://www.tidewaterfamily.com/health/constipated-kids

Thanks Coast live for hosting me on this informative chat on infant formula.  Of course, everyone knows breast is best, but some mothers have to return to work.  Others simply don’t make enough breast milk. Infants need breast milk or forumula until 12 months of age.  Raw or unpasteurized milk is not safe for infants or children.  Only use FDA approved commercial formula, BUT buying a store brand can save you 50%.  It’s safe and effective.

Connect here to watch my spot on Coast Live: Coast Live: infant formula