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Childhood Depression and Anxiety- Don’t overlook these important signs!

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Childhood Depression and Anxiety
I would like to discuss a touchy subject in pediatrics. Us adults
think that Lexapro or Prozac should be in the water because depression
and anxiety is so rampant with our hectic lives and numerous
stressors. However, it is also possible for children to have clinical
depression and anxiety. The way kids behave when mood is disordered is
different than that of adults and also varies according to age group.
Look for the following signs and take your child to a pediatric
psychiatrist or pediatrician:
Preschool children ( to thrive. disruptive behaviors, social withdrawal, decreased enjoyment.
developmental delay or regression in milestones.
school-aged children (6-12y): headaches, stomachaches and appetite changes.
irritability, boredom, apathy, fatigue, emotional outbursts, negative
self-statements, enjoyment (observed self-reported). worsening grades,
ability concentrate at school (this is often mistaken
for adhd).
adolescents (>13 years): Headaches, stomachaches, sleep and appetite
changes. Apathy, boredom, social isolation increased sexual activity
(think of sexual or physical abuse as well here), drug use (commonly
marijuana, smoking and alcohol), aggression, self-injurious behavior
(hitting self, cutting). Worsening grades, decreased ability to
concentrate at school.
RED FLAGS: If your child says that they want to hurt themselves, kill
themselves or hurt others please take them to the ER or to be seen by
their doctor right away for suicidal ideation assessment.
Furthermore, it is important that the child be seen by a therapist and
psychiatrist. One is for talk therapy and the other is for possibly
starting medication.

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List of Things to Buy for New Baby

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  • Crib & mattress. Linens & bumpers
  • Bodysuits
  • Booties and socks
  • Burp cloths
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Picky Eater Advice

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Parents who of toddlers have probably experienced a problem at the dinner table: their children are picky eaters. While the parents prefer their child eat their carrots and broccoli, the children instead demand a diet of chicken nuggets and french fries. Dinner time doesn’t always have to be a battle. Here are a few tips to handling your picky eater:

  • Establish a routine: Some parents want their children to eat at a certain time, and the child responds “I’m not hungry.” It’s best to establish a routine so that the child can be used to eating at a certain time. If you’re around for breakfast time, make sure they have breakfast at the same time, including weekends.
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Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Pediatrician

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A lot of parents start looking for their child’s pediatrician before even giving birth. A child’s first doctor can be crucial to their developmental and physical health, so an interviewing process is completely acceptable. If this is your second child, you may opt for the pediatrician that your first child had. However, if this is your first process, you may want to interview a few potential doctors before choosing the right one.

Around your third trimester it is a good idea to start researching different pediatricians to explore which is most suitable to you. A few places to start include asking your Ob, friends and family for pediatricians they like. Oftentimes Ob’s have lists of pediatricians they provide their patients with. You could also check out the American Academy of Pediatrics Website for pediatricians in your area. Pediatricians on the AAP website are board certified fellows of the AAP. You can also look up the pediatrician in the California Medical board website to ensure he or she is licensed to practice in the state and if there are any claims made against the physician.

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Sibling Jealousy When a New Baby Is Born

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Your first child is such a joy, and they get used to being the only child. However, when you’re expecting your second, or when the baby will no longer be the baby, there’s a chance they won’t be as excited as you are. Going from an only child or the baby to a big brother or sister is taken differently depending on the child. Many parents are concerned with how their older child will take to the new addition of the family. Here are a few tips to a smooth transition:

  • Start early: Your child will obviously notice that mommy’s tummy is growing and may be curious to know why. Let them know that soon, they will have a little brother or sister. They may not know what this means right away, but include them as much as possible. Instilling some responsibility before the baby arrives can go a long way.
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