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Posted by: drmolly in medication, growth, ADHD, ADD on
Sep 01, 2010
More good news for parents of kids with ADHD: The stimulant medications most commonly used to treat these kids have no ill effects on growth, a study finds.
Over the years, some parents and doctors have wondered if growth rates are slowed when kids are on chronic stimulant medications. Initially, many kids who take these medications fail to gain weight as quickly as they used to and that raised concerns about the medications' effects on height
Around the time girls are starting to get their earliest breast tissue I start talking to those patients about puberty and all it brings. For some girls this could be as young as 8 or 9 years old; for others it isn't until they are 12 or 13. Talking about puberty is important and here's what I say:
What an exciting time this is for you! Your body is starting to change from a girl's body to a woman's body. This process of your body changing is
A colleague recently shared a story with me. She was in the exam room with a mother and her 13-year-old daughter. She was an only child and the mother and daughter seemed to have a close relationship. My colleague asked if the girl had started her period and simultaneously the mom said "no" and the daughter said "yes." Yikes. That the girl hadn't shared the important information with her mom despite a good relationship gave me pause.
I have a
How short is too short? Does a child really even notice? Most kids are aware of where they fall in the great scheme of things but whether they are tall, short or average doesn't have much effect on self-esteem, according to a recent study.
In this study, 712 sixth-graders answered questions about self-esteem, behavioral issues, depression, popularity and teasing and bullying. The 28 students who fell below the 10th percentile for height
It is mid-summer and by now I have given the puberty talk to my patients about 100 times. I have it down pat and have gotten enough positive feedback that I thought I would share it with you.
I give this talk to boys entering 5th or 6th grade because even if they aren't in puberty yet, some of their peers will be and this opens the lines of communication between the boy and his parents. I always give this talk with the parent(s) in the room but
A reader asks: Our son is getting some pressure from his soccer coaches to add weight. He's been doing some supervised work in the weight room, but his body is naturally tall and thin. He's up to 6' 1" now, but I think he's lucky if he tops out at 140 lbs. His soccer coach has suggested that he go on a regiment of protein drinks. We are wary about giving him supplements but at that same time we recognize there are more pressures on the kids
Lately there has been renewed interest in the safety of soy formulas for infants. About a quarter of all formula fed infants use soy-based formulas in the United States and some researchers have expressed concerns over data about a by-product of soy called phytoestrogen, which in some studies of rats has been shown to have effects on growth and fertility.
Because of these concerns, an expert panel was convened to assess the information
Posted by: drmolly in website information, prevention, picky eater, nutrition, injury, illness, growth, food, feeding, exercise, development, calories, behavior, autism, attention on
Mar 15, 2009
As the techno-geek doctor I am, I love to offer families good Web-based resources for information. I have chosen the following sites because they are reliable, readable and useful. Enjoy surfing!
Nutrition and healthy eating information can be found on the FDA's new and improved nutrition site. You can learn about portion sizes, amounts of different foods your child needs, as well as strategies to help your underweight or overweight child.
Posted by: drmolly in short, picky eater, nutrition, kidney, hormone, height, growth, glomerulonephritis, genetic testing, feeding, development, calories on
Mar 10, 2009
Lots of kids are short. Let's face it, lots of adults are short and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Short parents are going to have short kids and tall parents will have tall kids, by and large. There are times, though, when tall parents or even average parents have shorter than expected children and these kids garner a lot of attention, especially if they are boys.
Short stature can present in a variety of ways. Some children are