Does it seem as if your baby is hungrier than normal? Is she fussier at the breast? Is she waking at night suddenly, ready for a meal? Sounds like a growth spurt might be to blame. Babies going through a growth spurt tend to eat more and more often, wake more frequently during naps and […]
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.
There’s nothing better to quench your thirst than a cold glass of ice water on these hot and humid summer days. So, it only makes sense that your little one would appreciate the same, right? Wrong. Pediatricians strongly advise that parents never give their babies under 6 months any water. Breast milk or formula will […]
In light of rising rates in obesity and concerns about dental health, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released new guidelines on fruit juice consumption for babies, toddlers and older children. The new recommendations advise parents to limit consumption and actually avoid it altogether for babies under 1 year of age. The AAP and […]
Barbara Burdette was in the room when her first grandchild, a boy named Dawson, took his first breath when he was born in 2001. 14 years later she was holding him when he took his last breath after a 5-year cancer battle. An only child, Dawson loved baseball, swimming and riding his bike. “He was […]
Practitioners in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital carry out a careful balancing act when it comes to maintaining confidentiality of teen health information. Teens under law are entitled to confidential health services for some matters, such as sexual health and mental health issues. But the issue can be confusing. Laws vary […]
Just as a pediatrician might ask your child if he wears a bike helmet and knows how to swim, expect your adolescent’s doctor to ask about sex. It’s a difficult subject for some parents to tackle. But for primary care providers, a discussion about sexual and reproductive health is a must, said Dr. James Fitzgibbon, […]