Stomach aches keep kids from enjoying school

The “back-to-school” stomach ache

Q: Why do so many kids get a stomach ache 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 a stomach ache. (I distinctly remember the […]

What kind of milk should my kids be drinking?

Kids are supposed to drink milk, right?  Well, that depends. 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 […]

mucus can come from infection or allergy

What is snot for? Musings on mucus

Mucus is 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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]