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Back to School with ADD/ADHD

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As the end of summer vacation is approaching, some of our patients diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) will stop taking their medications. Other families decide to keep their child on their medication year round. There is not a right or wrong way. Each family decides what works best for their child. Each of our patients diagnosed with ADHD are unique, and therefore have different needs or reasons for taking stimulant medications.

National Breastfeeding Week

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We celebrate moms this week—breastfeeding moms, pumping moms, supplementing moms and formula feeding moms. This week is a great opportunity to talk about breastfeeding. But first, this week is also a great opportunity to talk about what happens when breastfeeding doesn’t go well. We see moms in our practice every day who struggle with breastfeeding for a variety of reasons—poor latch, insufficient supply, etc. Through all of the struggles, our primary priority is the health of you moms and your babies. We want your baby to be healthy and to grow! For those moms who struggle, we support you and encourage you to meet with our lactation consultants. Sometimes, however, breastfeeding is not best for mom or baby and we want you to know, that is OK too!

Parenting and Power Struggles

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Roughly 20% of all children will present with a psychiatric diagnosis before 18. Asking for a family tree of psychiatric problems at the first well baby visit might someday become part of pediatric screening and at some point, mapping out genetic susceptibility to psychiatric illness is probably a good idea for each child. But parents can prepare for psychiatric problems also by employing the best positive parenting practices—minimizing power struggles and simultaneously taking care to get to know their child’s motivations and feelings as well as possible.

My Pediatrician's Office is Closed

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You’ve had a full and busy day, and you are finally home to make dinner and get ready for another day. You realize your little one has a fever and cough, and the doctor’s office is closed. What is a parent to do when you have a sick kid and your primary care pediatrician’s office isn’t open?

If you drive down any street in Dallas, you are likely to see a multitude of free standing urgent care or emergency care centers. It might seem like a good option for when the doctor’s office is closed but it does come with a word of wisdom and caution. The wisdom: if your child does need care after hours and Pediatricians of Dallas is closed, please choose an urgent care or after hours facility which staffs pediatric focused providers. The care of children differs from the care of adults in the way illness or injury is approached. Many of these general urgent care and emergency care facilities are staffed with general, emergency, or family type practitioners who are able to see children and do see children but will also see adults as well. The caution: you must know these places are considered urgent care or emergency care centers and you will be charged the co-pay for those levels of care which is often a larger copay than you would pay in a doctor’s office.