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The “Black Box” Warning: Online Physician Ratings

Online rating sites are here to stay, and they’ll continue to rate doctors and hospitals, and people are going to continue to use them (Google just shoves the rating down your throat when you search. There’s no avoiding this.) Just remember the Black Box warning: physician rating sites may have some use, but they can have unintended side effects. They may mislead you into making a poor decision about your doctors, and that’s not good for your health.
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image of pre-teen girl who appears sad or concerned possibly about bedwetting issue
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Bedwetting in Older Kids

[A]bout 3% of 12 year olds still wet the bed, at least sometimes…[K]ids don’t wet the bed because they want to wet, and don’t stop wetting the bed because they want to stop. Don’t create a bigger problem by blaming or by implying that kids can solve this problem by trying harder. […]

baby with surprised expression; breath holding in babies and toddlers is often a result of shock or sudden discomfort
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Breathe Easy: Breath-Holding Spells in Toddlers

Near the top of a list of super-scary things for parents to see are breath holding spells. Your kiddo, typically a toddler, bonks his head or gets really mad about something. Then he stops breathing, turns white, and collapses on the floor. And looks dead. Really. Dead. It’s quite dramatic. […]

close up of a teething baby with a finger in his or her mouth
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Babies and Teething: Beware Trendy Teething “Treatments”

A mom had purchased a handmade “homeopathic magnetic hematite healing bracelet” from an artisan at a local craft show. Her 9 month old daughter wore it on her wrist, reportedly to help with teething symptoms, and occasionally chewed on it… She was found on routine screening to have a blood lead level about 10 times the safe upper limit of safety. […]

baby in high chair eating solid food with spoon
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Babies and Solid Foods: When to Start

The only requirement for first foods is that it can be mushed up. Junior isn’t going to chew anything just yet, so whatever you’re feeding him needs to be, essentially (but not literally) pre-chewed. […]

paper that reads "no peanuts allowed" in childish writing surrounded by peanuts and peanut butter
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Peanut Allergies and School Policies

Of the peanut policies in place, the only one associated with a significantly decreased number of epinephrine uses was the presence of peanut-free tables in eating areas. Other policies, including having an entirely peanut-free school, did not result in fewer instances of epinephrine use. […]

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