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 …

Brain Hacking, Part 2: Could Violent Video Games Really Make Your Kid More Aggressive?

Isn't it interesting how we decry violence starting when our kids are very young, and bristle at the thought of our children hurting other children, or being hurt by others, yet at the same time, we accept and even celebrate violence in our entertainment? Is it ironic that kids and parents alike find it entertaining …

Brain Hacking, Part 1: How Your Kid’s Phone Could Be Hacking Their Brain

If you haven't heard the buzz about screen-time lately, you may have been hiding under a rock, or maybe behind a screen. Recent studies and compelling reports have been implicating excessive screen time in poor mental and physical health. Collin Kartchner has been crusading throughout Utah against smartphones and social media with his #savethekids Parent …

Your Teen Might Be Depressed- Know the Signs. Know What To Do.

The teenage years are full of ups and downs. Every day presents a new challenge. Teens are learning who they are, finding their place within the social structure of their friends and classmates, adjusting to physical changes, figuring out how to be good at something, do well in school and be liked by others. Add …

Ten Things Parents Should Know About Fever

A fever can cause anxiety for parents and be unpleasant for children. When is a fever dangerous and when is it not worrisome? It really depends on the age of the child, other associated symptoms, and how long it is lasting. Below are important facts to keep in mind when your child has a fever. …

Five Keys for Getting Young Children Hooked on Books

I know from personal experience that sharing a book with your child is not always magical. Especially when parents are busy and stressed, and when kids aren't used to looking at books. But that's when kids and parents need it most. Book-sharing has so many benefits, but it takes some practice to get the benefits. …