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7 Reasons Why Your Child Needs a Catholic Pediatrician

Why your child needs a Catholic Pediatrician

I used to believe we should leave medicine to the doctors and faith to the Church.  I didn’t really understand that my pediatrician would become a personal mentor for me as I navigated parenthood.   I didn’t really consider that my pediatrician would become a private confidant of my children, discussing sensitive issues behind closed doors. 

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Recent Articles

Turning Distress into Joy, Part III: Helping Others

Research on volunteering has long found that those who help others have better physical health and psychological adjustment. And it’s not just that healthy individuals seek out ways to help others more; it is that in helping others that we reap the benefits of better well-being, too. Not only do we feel better but, for youth especially, there is a decrease in risk-taking behaviors, and more prosocial actions, especially with those outside of their family. But why is this the case?

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Turning Distress into Joy: Part II, Channeling

“A fine line separates our angels from our demons.”

Shane Neimeyer had just tried to hang himself. It, too, had failed. Like much of his life to that point, which had been spent in and out of state custody since his adolescent years, his road had hit a dead end. But in the depths of his despair, thoughts of a different kind surfaced, with one idea in mind: Ironman. Sitting in his straight jacket, awaiting sentencing as a homeless heroin addict, he had turned the pages of an endurance magazine to pass the time. As he began to read more about triathlons, there was something about the discipline, the drive, the pursuit of a difficult goal, which began to consume him. The thought entered his mind. Maybe he could be one of them. Maybe his life could change forever.

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Turning Distress into Joy: Part I, Forgiveness

On the night of January 21, 1995, Azim Khamisa’s life changed forever.  While delivering pizza, his 20-year-old son, Tariq Khamisa, was shot and killed by Tony Hicks, a 14-year-old gang member.  Set to be married to his girlfriend, Tariq would never see his wedding day.  Neither would his father.  Days and months went by, and Azim struggled to get out of bed, to even take the simplest steps towards the next day.  But as life dragged on, Azim began to sense that something extraordinary would have to occur in order for him to survive, and thrive again.  He would have to forgive his son’s kill

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What did you put in your family emergency kit?

When a category 4 tornado hit St. Louis in 2011, ripping the roof off our airport, I was home alone with three children and 7 months pregnant with my 4th.  Yet I knew we were safe in our fully stocked tornado shelter.  No, we don’t have a bunker in our backyard, we have a family emergency kit in our basement.  Being prepared for an emergency is neither difficult nor expensive, but it does require some advanced planning, especially for families with children.

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Enterovirus: Myth, Fact, and What's Really in the ER

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Enterovirus has hit St. Louis early this year, and it’s hit us hard.  Enterovirus causes the common cold– a runny nose, sore throat, and sometimes fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and muscle aches.  We usually see a surge of patients with viruses like this each fall, shortly after school starts, but this year the virus has hit early and hit hard.

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Nipple twiddling while nursing- how to stop the tweeks

I thought twice about writing on this topic– it seemed almost indecent– but many moms have nervously asked me to address this this embarrassing and annoying problem.  Breastfeeding babies often twiddle the other nipple while nursing, and breaking them of the habit is no easy task.  Many babies and toddlers continue nipple twiddling after weaning.  When you and your little one are ready, there are gentle ways to to stop the tweeks and give your nipples a break.

I must admit that I’ve lived this reality: two of my five children were nipple twiddlers.

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Did Cindy Crawford go too far: Your child’s risk of PCBs

Cindy Crawford recently pulled her children out of Malibu high school, expressing concern that the school is contaminated with PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, a chemical known to cause cancer and a host of other health problems including neurological impairment.  This is not a problem limited to Malibu– many schools and public buildings built between the 1930’s and 1970’s are contaminated with PCBs, which were used in caulking and a variety of building materials.

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Why I Stopped Buying Juice Boxes (the picture will gross you out)

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A patient came to my ER after noticing green slime coming up the straw from her Juicy Juice box.  Her mom cut open the box – and brought her straight to the doctor.  Here’s what we found in the unexpired juice box:

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