Blog - Pediatrics

How to help your child through surgery and recovery

Helping Your Child Through Surgery and Recovery. It’s stressful enough having to go through surgery as an adult. However, any parent would agree that when their child has to have surgery, it’s an incredibly difficult time. The anxiety level is at an all-time high as you try to reassure your child that everything will be… read more


When is it too early for sport specialization?

Before 12 years old. Maybe. A recent article in The American Journal of Sports Medicine tackles (pun intended) an often-asked question in recent years: when is it too early for sport specialization? What does single-sport specialization mean exactly? The article is not saying that it’s potentially bad for an adolescent athlete to play baseball during… read more


ADHD Medication, Kids, and Bone Health

At the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Dr. Jessica Rivera presented her research on the effects of ADHD medications on the bone density of children and adolescents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 6.4 million children age 4-17–or approximately 11% of children in the US–have… read more


How to handle an athlete’s injured finger

A young athlete–we’ll call him Jason–came into our office in November with a significant finger injury. Jason had visited an immediate care clinic where the physician indicated he had injured his finger joint. The finger was splinted and the physician advised him to “follow up with an orthopedic doctor in 2-3 weeks.” Jason’s mom was… read more


The American Academy of Pediatrics wants to improve safety in youth football

28% of children aged 5-14 play football in the US. On top of that, just over 1 million students play high school football. That’s a lot inspirational speeches, narrow victories and devastating defeats, and tackles. That’s a lot of tackles, which is what concerns the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP does acknowledge and the… read more


Latest research: fast food is bad for your bones

According to Pew Research Center, America has 160,000 fast food restaurants, which serve 50 million people each day, and all those people, generate 110 billion in annual revenue. That’s a lot of money. But we’re not talking about economics or budgetary responsibility. We’re talking about health and how fast food consumption may be affecting your… read more