Fall time, Flu shots, and Fallacies

Fall time: kids are going back to school, many of them new drivers getting out on the road for their first high school commutes. And we're stocking up on flu shots to get us all through the winter as healthy as we can. When we humans make decisions, sometimes we use the rational, logical parts …

“Brain Hacking” Part 3: Training Kids To Use Devices Healthfully

Technology can be our master or our tool. I think of electronic devices in our kids hands like a drug: good when used at the right doses, for the right purpose and in the right time and context, but also a dangerous poison. Education and training are required to discern what makes the difference. In …

Vaccine Myths and FAQs: Should I Follow a Delayed Vaccine Schedule?

It can be hard for parents to know what to do when they hear people talk about following a delayed or alternative schedule for vaccinating their babies. It can even become an emotional hot button issue. Parents will hear many opinions from friends, family and self-proclaimed internet 'experts' in addition to your doctor’s recommendations. But …

Will Your Baby Benefit From Modern Medicine’s Greatest Preventive Health Measure?

There are so many times in my work as a doctor that I yearn for prevention, whether in the case of leukemia, a drowning, a car accident, or a teen suicide. We doctors (perhaps more than pharmaceutical companies) place a high value on prevention. It’s great to be able to treat diabetes, stop heart attacks …

Why Parents Need Reading Aloud Just As Much as Their Kids

It was 2009, and I was a fresh new pediatric intern. My wife and I had just had our third child two weeks before my med school graduation and moved across the country, to a city where we knew no one, to begin my residency program with three children under the age of 4. We …

Your Child: The Owner’s Manual

Your Dish receiver. Your Toyota Sienna. Your blender. These are things that come with owners manuals. But what about your kids? Why don't those come with a manual? Or at least a couple of well-placed caution stickers like "Warning- Do Not Leave Alone With Markers" or "Do Not Toss In Air After Feeding Sweet Potatoes" …

Hello. This is your pediatrician blogging…

  Hello, I'm "Redrock KidDoc". Welcome to my blog. Chances are, if you are visiting this site you already know me, and maybe I am your kid's doctor. I am a busy Pediatrician, husband, father, mediocre soccer coach and amateur human. So why would I, a busy person, take the time to write a blog …