Kids and Coronavirus, where are we now?

by your Coast Docs Shakha Gillin and Lori Taylor  As we enter summer, kids and families are normally focusing on summer activities like surfing, swimming, camps, outdoor experiences and time with friends. Summer is a time that, under usual circumstances, children are active and involved with each other. But today many parents are questioning what […]

Family Time During the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Jontue Koff, Pediatric Occupational Therapist While I am happy that we have the opportunity to slow down, take long walks as a family, and play a long game of Scrabble… I also realize that during all of this uncertainty that my girls, like most children, need a plan. A plan for each day of […]

“What’s in My Baby’s Food?”

by Rachel Rothman, Registered Dietitian  In October, a non-profit group called Healthy Babies Bright Futures released a new report titled, “What’s in my Baby’s food?”  The group tested 168 baby foods, and found 95% of these contained heavy metals (such as arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury).  Many of the products tested contained multiple of these […]

Natural Remedies for Gastrointestinal Problems

by Rebecca Cherry, Pediatric Gastroenterologist It seems that the older we get, the more we remind ourselves of our parents, and maybe even of our grandparents. And the more we learn about healthy lifestyles, the more we realize that some “old-fashioned” remedies were good ones. Although there are lots of medications available for common symptoms, […]

Postpartum Mood Disorders – How to Get the Sleep You Need!

Three solutions to help you rest, restore, resource, & recover by Jen Varela, Certified Gentle Sleep Coach It’s the middle of the night and your baby is wide awake—which means you are wide awake, too. Night after sleepless night can take its toll on you physically, emotionally, and mentally. Any parent can tell you that […]

Concussion in Today’s Young Athlete

by Angelo Del Re, MD So many children and teens are actively involved in sports and competitive play. Being an athlete can build social skills, create lessons of teamwork, and keep our children healthy and fit. Yet along with these benefits comes risk. Over the past decade, our understanding of concussion in athletes has developed. We […]

Mindful Eating Around the Dinner Table

by Christine Wood, MD With so much to do, busy families are finding it harder to spend quality time around meals. Often meals involve picking something up and rushing through a meal, or family members eating at different times or even eating in the car. There is a lot of evidence that family meals are important in […]

Five Sweet Sleep Tips for Baby

by Jen Varela, Certified Gentle Sleep Coach Sweet Spot – Sleep Begets Sleep It is amazing how this works!  What time does your baby go to sleep at night?  Is it too late?  Did you miss the “sweet spot” sleepy window?  For babies six months or older consider a bedtime between 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Helping your […]

Is It Possible to Prevent Food Allergies?

by Susan S. Laubach, M.D. Let me start off by clarifying there are no guaranteed strategies to prevent allergies, just reduce the risk of developing them. About 20% of people in the US have at least one allergic condition: allergic rhinitis (eg “hay fever”), allergic asthma, eczema, or food allergy. If one parent has any sort of allergic […]