Whether you’re a parent of an infant and toddler or school-age kids and teens, you probably have a zillion questions about your children. What’s normal? What should I expect when my child is sick? When should I call the doctor? You’ll find the answers to these questions and more in this section.

Hidden in plain sight: Signs that your teen may be using drugs

Pieces of aluminum foil that can be shaped into smoking devices.

Ohio is under siege as opiate addiction kills as many as 5 people every day. In fact, Ohio has the 12th highest heroin overdose rate in the country, according to the nonprofit Trust for America’s Health. Often considered a suburban epidemic, heroin use crosses all demographics. And the hike in heroin use has hit young people ages 18 to 25 the hardest.

Use a spacer to put the squeeze on your child’s wheeze


Huffing and puffing was bad enough when the Big Bad Wolf blew down the homes of the Three Little Pigs, but when your child does it, the fairy tale is over. Fortunately, spacers make it easier for patients to use inhalers correctly to control their asthma.

“My heels are killing me!” What is this mysterious heel pain that plagues young athletes?

Youth soccer team kicking the ball

After a long weekend of playing multiple soccer games on hard, dry grass, I can distinctly remember walking around like a geriatric man after a workout at Silver Sneakers. I limped around making painful noises and whining about heel pain. My heels became very sore, felt swollen, and were tender to touch. Although I didn’t know it at the time, I probably had Sever’s disease.

Make snack time fun while cutting the carbs

Popcorn can be a sensible snack. Pop some popcorn in an air popper or on the stove with a little oil. Sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese. Salt to taste.

When the urge to snack strikes, many people reach for foods high in carbohydrates like chips or cookies. But you and your child with diabetes can enjoy a variety of appealing snacks that are low in carbs.

All you need to know about baby: Eat, sleep, poop

Dr. Sarah Adams with mom and patient

I enjoy incorporating my real-life experiences as a mom into my pediatric practice. And now that my babies have grown, I want to share what I’ve learned through the years with other parents. So, what have I learned? Babies grow so fast. Toddlers are like teenagers, and vice versa. And the tween years are your time to breathe.

Make the right moves to avoid dance injuries (Video)


Dedication and hard work are ideal qualities in a young dancer, but can also lead to injury concerns without proper precautions. In this video, Dr. Patrick Riley, Jr., discusses typical overuse injuries in dancers and how to prevent them.