“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 […]

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 […]

child with ear infection

When should I worry about an ear infection in my child?

Ear infection – one of the common causes of doctor’s visit, in San Diego and everywhere.  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, […]

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 […]