THE KID’S DOCTOR: When is the best time to potty train?

 By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
   Every parent wants to know when their child will be ready to potty train. A study that was published in an issue of the Journal of Pediatric Urology is one of the first to show that timing of potty training children seems to be more important than the technique. 

The Bereaved Employee: Returning to Work

Going back to work after a death in the family is difficult.  Getting back to normal will take time.Source:

THE KID’S DOCTOR: Detailed history can help determine penicillin allergy


It is important to give a good description of your child's medical history to determine allergies to medications.

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THE KID’S DOCTOR: Does your child have trouble going to the bathroom?


By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
 Constipation is a topic that every pediatrician discusses at least weekly, sometimes daily. It is estimated that up to 3 percent of all visits to the pediatrician may be due to constipation. Constipation is most common in children between the ages of 2 and 6 years. I have been reading an article on updated recommendations for diagnosing and treating common constipation, and the most important take home message is “most children with constipation do not have an underlying organic disorder. Diagnosis should be based on a good history and physical exam for most cases of functional constipation.” 


THE KID’S DOCTOR: Do fidget spinners help kids with ADHD?

 Children should be reminded to play with fidget spinners using only their hands, as some toys have been known to fall apart. photo

THE KID’S DOCTOR: How harmful is marijuana to teens?

 By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
The legalization of marijuana in many states for medical and recreational usage is making marijuana use more and more prevalent. It has also made it incumbent for pediatricians to have conversations with teenage patients (and parents) about the harmful effects of marijuana use.  

THE KID’S DOCTOR: Is it time for a babysitter?


Separation is an important milestone, as your child learns that while you may leave for an hour or two, you always return.

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By Sue Hubbard, M.D.

Do you ever leave your child with a babysitter or caregiver? Weird question, right? But some parents never want to leave their child with someone else, and I am not sure that is healthy for either parent or child.  


THE KID’S DOCTOR: Why babies needs to sleep on their back


Until babies are rolling on their own, you should always put babies to sleep on their backs.

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Faster way of detecting bacteria could save your life

 EAST LANSING, MI — A Michigan State University researcher has developed a faster way to detect the bacteria causing patients to become sick, giving physicians a better chance at saving their lives.