Beyond the Checkup: The many Faces of Your Pediatrician 2011

A few years ago, I treated an adorable 6 month old infant girl in the ER for a cold.  The EMR (electronic medical record) highlighted that the family had recently been to the ER for a variety of other common complaints: diaper rashes, colic, sleep and breastfeeding problems - all issues that could have been handled in any pediatric office. As this visit concluded, I mentioned that their … [Read more...]

Seeking Second Opinions

Thankfully most children are healthy and many will never need the care of a specialist. But should you find yourself in a situation that requires input beyond your pediatrician, there are some important issues to consider. Here’s a true story that will shed some light on the issues to consider.   A writing colleague’s two year old son developed a snoring problem so severe it interfered with … [Read more...]

How much Tylenol or Motrin can I safely give my child?

Q) Dr. Gwenn: I have an 11month old son who weighs 20lbs. How much Tylenol or Motrin can I give him? Thanks! AC, Massachusetts … [Read more...]

A Grandparent’s Guide to Grandchildren’s Health

Norman Rockwell’s Freedom From Want picture embodies the nostalgia so many of us feel each holiday season.  Every time I see that picture, images flash quickly between that image to my own grandparents’ kitchens.  Indeed, my grandparents played a huge role in my life growing up especially around large family functions. But compared to the involvement my parents have with my children, there is a … [Read more...]