Ask Dr. Doug: Suspecting Pinworms

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

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

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

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

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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