Ear infections are the bane of modern parenthood, and Americans spend $4 billion each year treating them. Yet, despite their prevalence, these common infections are poorly understood and often over-treated. During medical school and residency, I learned to treat ear infections with antibiotics but once I began practicing integrative medicine and incorporating nutritional recommendations into […]
Swimmer’s ear (medical term otitis externa) is very different from the run-of-the-mill inner ear infection (otitis media). Swimmer’s ear is an infection along the ear canal, when the ear canal remains moist (think swimming) and creates an ideal environment for bacteria to grow and create an infection. In North America, 98 percent of cases of […]
Between 5-30% of children are constipated. Here’s how to address this condition
Inflammation is an intricate, complex response by the whole body to what it perceives as a threat.
When we adults live in a fight-or-flight state every day, this makes it more likely that our kids will also be in a fight-or-flight state, which can wreck havoc with their minds, bodies, and spirits.
As an integrative pediatrician I have learned that eczema is a complex interplay between our genetics, immune system, skin integrity, and the microbiomes of the skin and the gut. Learning how to treat illness using the best of both conventional and integrative medicine has absolutely transformed the way I am able to help kids with eczema.
In 2006, when I was a year out of residency, I prided myself on the fact that I could manage my pediatric patients’ symptoms—whatever they were—with medications. I did what I had been trained in medical school and wrote prescriptions for laxatives, antihistamines, antibiotics, antacids, and steroids (topical, inhaled, oral, or even sprayed into the […]
As I sat down to write this blog, I could feel the collective motherly stress rising, knowing kids will soon face all the yummy, colorful, and sugary candy that accompanies most holidays, especially Easter. The parents who worry the most during the sugar holidays are the ones whose children turn into a different child when they get their hands on the candy.
Being barefooted and outside has many health benefits. My entire life, I have always gone barefooted as much as possible. It makes me feel good, and now that there is a growing body of research on grounding or earthing, I can justify my desired shoeless existence. And yes, I find it comical that we have […]
I am dealing with a bug issue in my kitchen right now (I am sure they are not only in my kitchen but saying they are only in my kitchen at least makes me feel better). Yesterday I noticed there was a crack along the bottom of the caulking where the beadboard and countertop meet, along with tiny […]