Category Archives: Phenology

Teething Gives Babies Teeth

New research confirms that symptoms like fever, a runny nose and diarrhea are not caused by teething. Teething can make babies cranky, rub their gums and drool. Think about when you lost teeth in grade school–did you have a fever … Continue reading

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Measles 1991: My Philadelphia Flashback

In 1991, Philadelphia experienced a measles outbreak. I was in medical school in the city, and I remember how difficult it was to control. Children—some of whom had never been immunized—died. Babies received measles vaccines at 6 months of age … Continue reading

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Sports Nutrition

Play hard with sports nutrition. Click here to view larger or print.   Book recommendations for information and recipes include: The Feed Zone Cookbook: Fast and Flavorful Food for Athletes by Thomas and Lin—try the sweet potato and black bean burrito. Feed … Continue reading

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Keeping Your Baby Warm

Young babies need one more light layer than you and I–think about what you’re wearing and add a receiving blanket. Older, mobile babies move around. Don’t overdress them! Check the tummy or back to see how warm the baby is. A … Continue reading

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Poison Oak

This is poison oak. It’s much easier to identify when it has its leaves, but the plant oils from the bare branches can also inflict an itchy misery on its victims. The best treatment is prevention: know what it looks … Continue reading

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Just Break It

I know some kids who are building a fort. This is startling news. I have been a pediatrician for some time now, and no one has ever told me they were building a fort. Going swimming, sure, camping, naturally, visiting … Continue reading

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Pollen Counts

Pollen is here and now’s the time to start thinking about allergies. Depending on the winter rain and temperature, trees in Northern California start pollenating in January and February. Grass will follow in March and go through June. Starting now … Continue reading

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Seasonal Greetings

The kids are part way through the winter break–a time of special events, visiting, sleeping in and staying up later, and a season of special foods and treats. We are months and months away from the summer’s fruits and what … Continue reading

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