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Is it a cold or “sinusitis”?

Respiratory infection season is here! This means lots of colds, especially in daycare- and preschool-aged children. And that leads to the worry of a cold or viral upper respiratory tract infection (URI) becoming a bacterial sinusitis. How do you know if the runny nose and cough is from a cold or from a sinus infection? […]

When should I worry about ear infections in my child?

Is this you? Infants or toddlers often wake at night, irritable and fussy, pulling on their ears and crying, maybe with a cold and a fever. This all too familiar scenario has all of the hallmarks of an ear infection (or, more formally, Acute Otitis Media with Effusion). Ear infections are very common in the first […]

The “back-to-school” stomach ache

Q: Why do so many kids get stomach aches at the beginning of the school year? Is it all just anxiety? A: Returning to school can be a stressful time especially for kids who are starting in a new place. And yes, stress and anxiety can cause stomach aches. (I distinctly remember the crampy pains […]

What kind of milk should my child be drinking?

Q:  My 6-year-old daughter seems to have stomach aches all the time.  Could milk be causing her problem?     A:  In the United States, most of us are used to thinking of milk as a healthy drink for kids, and an important part of a healthy diet.  But yes, in some cases, milk can […]

What is snot for?

Icky.  Germy. Slimy. Gross.  Nobody wants to touch snot! But what is snot, and why do we have it, anyway? Our lowly snot is actually really important: it helps to keep us healthy. Snot, otherwise known as mucus, is a secretion created by the body.  As we breathe air in through our nose, the sticky […]

What is stuck in my throat?

Have you ever had that funny feeling that there is something stuck in your throat, that you just can’t get rid of? There is actually a name for it: globus sensation. It’s a fairly common reason for children (and adults) to be referred to an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist (ENT). But where does the […]

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The Dinosaur Craze

When I was a little girl, I didn’t have any plans to be a doctor when I grew up – although my parents like to tell the story of how, when I was 3, I wanted to be a nurse because I liked the little white hats they wore. I no longer have any memory […]

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Welcome

Colleagues from other states often express surprise that San Diego has not had a private practice Pediatric GI group – or, for that matter, has not had many private practices in any of the pediatric specialties. Many families, dissatisfied with their local options, leave the San Diego area to seek medical care in Los Angeles, […]