Ask Dr. Doug: Suspecting Pinworms

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Q:  My toddler is often trying to scratch her bum in her diaper. I’m terrified she has pinworms. How do I tell?     A:  Toddlers love to explore, and usually that includes the diaper area. Understanding the body parts that are usually hidden under a diaper is a normal developmental process, so don’t be worried when …

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Ask Dr. Doug: Arsenic in Baby Foods

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Q:  I’ve heard a lot in the news recently about arsenic and other heavy metals in baby foods — do I need to be worried about this?    A:  In February, a congressional committee asked for internal testing documents on heavy metals in commercial baby foods. Of the companies that responded (Happy Baby Organics, Beech-Nut, Earth’s …

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Ask Dr. Doug: Signs of Depression in Teens

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Q:  As this pandemic drags on, I am getting worried about my eighth-grader. He’s doing well in school, but I can’t get him very motivated about it. All he wants to do is play video games. He seems sadder at times. How can I best support him?  A:  I hear you — I think we …

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The Shot Clock

As the COVID-19 vaccines continue to roll out, doctors answer your questions on safety and when your children will be able to get a shot.

Helping Kids Develop Resilience during the Pandemic

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By Pediatricians Beth Links Torwekar, M.D. with Randall Children’s Hospital and Deidré  Burton, M.D. with Metropolitan Pediatrics The realities for children now are challenging. The lack of connection and interaction with teachers, teammates, friends and family has increased emotional stress and feelings of isolation. Children are grieving the loss of milestones (birthdays, graduations, anniversaries), celebrations, …

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Ask Dr. Doug: Potty Training

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Q: My son is almost 3 and completely refuses or melts down when we try to work on potty training. My niece turned 2 a few months ago and is completely potty trained. What gives? I really want to be done with diapers.         A:  2-year-olds get a bad rap in general — I love watching …

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COVID-19 Pediatric Practice Pivots

PDX Parent's editor Denise Castañon loves sharing new ideas with other Portland parents. You can find her cooking, eating, crafting and writing in Southeast where she lives with her husband, 5-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter.
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In those first few weeks of shutdown, the last place most parents wanted to be with their kids was a doctor’s office. But pediatric clinics around the metro area are taking COVID-19 safety and prevention seriously, and say parents should bring in kids to well-child checks and other routine appointments. Here’s a look at just …

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Eight Methods to Help Kids Eat More Veggies

Kat Merck is a freelance writer and editor who admittedly spends way too much time online. A Portland resident since 2006, she also enjoys reading, cooking and exploring the city with her husband and young son.
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Our writer tries eight methods for encouraging her picky eater to consume more vegetables. What worked — and what failed miserably. Do your kids eat their vegetables? Do you pack their BPA-free bento lunchbox compartments with organic broccoli and bell pepper strips, and they come home from school or day care eaten? If so, this …

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Busting Vaccine Myths

Whitney Casares, MD, MPH, FAAP is a mom to two young girls and a pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of the Northwest. Every day, she tries to balance taking care of work, her kids and herself, laughing at the craziness of the early years with young ones. She developed modernmommydoc.com to inspire, educate and encourage moms and dads so they can win at parenting without losing themselves.
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Oregon’s recent measles outbreak brought national attention to the Portland-metro area and a renewed focus on making sure our school-age children are well-protected against future preventable illness epidemics. Understanding what’s myth and what’s fact is important as you make choices around your child’s safety and health, particularly when it comes to vaccines. Myth #1: Vaccines …

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