Pediatric Associates of the NW Blogs

Part 1: Mommy Metamorphosis: Preparing For Baby

By Whitney Casares, MD, MPH | March 30, 2014 09:03PM

I give medical advice to new and expectant parents all day long as a pediatrician. When I had my own baby, though, I learned some more personal lessons about having a newborn. Some were practical, some were about perspective....

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Colic: The Real deal

By Whitney Casares, MD, MPH | February 01, 2014 04:02PM

Colic is a real, difficult, confusing thing to go through with your baby. The good news: it does end.

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Starting Solids Sooner Not Better for Babies

By Connie Liakos, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD | April 02, 2013 03:04PM

A new study out this week shows that many parents are introducing solid foods before the recommended 4 to 6 month window recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

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Ear Infections: Not the Same Old Story Anymore

By Whitney Casares, MD, MPH | February 26, 2013 08:02AM

You’ve been through this a million times: your child has ear pain in the middle of the night. You suspect an ear infection and take them into the doctor’s office. The doctor looks and says, “Yep, it’s an ear infection, let’s treat it.”

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How do I know if I (or my child) have the flu?

By Jay S. Rosenbloom, MD, PhD | January 10, 2013 08:01AM

Every year during this season we see and hear so much about the flu. CNN has a story about the flu epidemic sweeping the country. Someone at work calls in sick with the flu. Daycare sends a note home saying a child in class was diagnosed with flu.

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Getting Ready For the Birds and the Bees

By Whitney Casares, MD, MPH | October 30, 2012 09:10AM

There’s a new study recently published online in Pediatrics, “Secondary Sexual Characteristics in Boys: Data from the Pediatric Research in Office Settings Network,” suggesting puberty may be starting earlier in boys.

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Don’t Be A Bully (And Don’t Let Someone Else Be, Either)

By Whitney Casares, MD, MPH | May 20, 2012 09:05AM

This spring the movie, “Bully’ hit theaters in many states, highlighting this important issue in the United States. It’s a national problem and, as kids become more comfortable and independent with technology, avenues for bullying become even...

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Potty Training: Do’s and Don’ts for A Successful Transition

By Whitney Casares, MD, MPH | March 18, 2012 09:03AM

You’ve been changing your child’s diapers since the day they we’re born and you’re ready for a little reprieve? Your youngster is ready to head off to pre-school and the school prefers that all of the attendees be able to use the toilet?

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