“The IBD Day”: Getting diagnosed as a college student

It was September 23, 2010. Fall Quarter of my third year at UCSD. I was really excited for the new academic year! I always get very enthusiastic at the start of a new quarter. (I do try to maintain that enthusiasm throughout the quarter, though admittedly, it slowly becomes tired enthusiasm!) The exposure to different […]

“Nothing Smaller Than Your Elbow”: When Kids Put Things in Their Ears

Did you ever hear this phrase from your grandmother? It refers to what it is OK to put in your ear and clearly implies that nothing actually belongs in your ear. And whose kid hasn’t come close or (worse yet) succeeded in putting something in the ear that simply does not belong there? Popular items […]

Aromatherapy for nausea

Surprising but true:  aromatherapy can decrease nausea, according to a study published last year in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.  A group of researchers in San Antonio found that adults who came to the emergency department for nausea or vomiting had as much relief from sniffing an alcohol pad as they did from a dose […]

Constipation? See this helpful video.

  Confounded by constipation?  Take heart!   A new video resource is available for families of children with constipation.  Created by the engaging Dr. Hilary Jericho, the video is informative as well as parent and patient friendly.  It includes an overview of the digestive tract and how everything works, what constipation is, a discussion of a […]

Will caffeine stunt my child’s growth?

“Coffee will stunt your growth.”  That’s what my mother said when I wanted to drink coffee as a kid.  For a long time, I didn’t question what she told me. But now that my own kids have a hankering for Starbucks, I decided to find out more.  So, was my mother right?  Does coffee, or […]

Patients and doctors: time to talk

Years of abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea — and being dismissed by her doctors — before one doctor finally took the time to listen.  Finally, she had an an accurate diagnosis, and could move on to effective treatment.  Johannah Ruddy’s story was published last month in a prominent medical journal,* with an online companion video.  By now, it […]

6 ways that wheat can cause stomach aches

Gluten-free and wheat-free diets have become increasingly popular over the last 10 years.  While some experts dismiss this trend as a fad, it has no sign of slowing down.  I’ve had plenty of friends tell me how much better they feel on a gluten-free diet.  But I have also seen first-hand how some of my patients […]

Where has all the dog doo gone?

I was surprised recently to discover that my children did not know what “dog doo” is.  And no, that is not because they have lived a sheltered life!  When I was a kid, in the 70’s and 80’s, dog doo was the stuff that you avoided on the sidewalk, or had to scoop up from […]

bloating from fructose

Four foods which can cause bloating and abdominal pain

Bloating and abdominal pain after eating?  Think back over your diet for the last few days. Do you frequently eat any of these foods? – apples (including apple juice) – pears (including pear juice) – high fructose corn syrup – agave nectar Many people suspect that bloating and pain might be caused by an unidentified food […]

possible locations of sinusitis in children

Sinusitis or a cold? When children have runny noses.

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? […]