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.

THE KID’S DOCTOR: Can homemade products cure hand-foot-and-mouth disease?

 In a classic case of hand-foot-and-mouth disease, 

children develop rashes on the palms, soles and 
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THE KID’S DOCTOR: Change bad habits, benefit the entire family

By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
 A few days into 2017, there's no better time to talk about changing some habits. Why is it that habits are certainly easy to acquire, but difficult to change? I saw a book on The New York Times bestseller list about “Habits,” and I am committed to reading it this year.  

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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