When to Worry about Temper Tantrums

Temper tantrums are a normal part of growing up. It’s likely that your toddler or preschooler will have the occasional hissy fit between 1 1/2 years and 3 1/2 years. But when is a tantrum developmentally appropriate, and when is it a cause for worry? What’s a normal tantrum? A study from the Washington University […]

Welcome, Dr. Grant M. Gaines!

Grant Gaines, MD, will start seeing patients at Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics in July 2019. Dr. Grant Gaines came to Arkansas from his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. “I immediately felt right at home,” he said. “The people are incredible and genuine.” Dr. Gaines started his education at the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Biology […]

Managing Kids’ Screen Time

The World Health Organization has issued guidelines for screen time for young children. They recommend no TV, video games, etc. for children under two years, and just one hour of screen time for kids 2-5. The object is not just to limit exposure to electronic inputs, but to get kids up and moving, too. “The […]

Whooping Cough

Two cases of whooping cough, or pertussis, have shown up in Fayetteville public schools here in Northwest Arkansas. Many parents have never heard of this disease. And yet whooping cough was once a serious and common illness. The Ngram viewer from Google shows that whooping cough was a big concern in the first half of […]

Is Your Kid’s Nutrition a Life or Death Matter?

A new study in the Lancet, a major medical journal, led to a lot of headlines when researchers concluded that 20% of deaths around the world could be traced to bad food choices. The study, funded by Bill and Melinda Gates, looked at almost 30 years of data from 195 countries. Researchers identified 15 food […]

Vaping, Second Hand Smoke, and Kids

A study led by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital found that parents who smoke often try to keep second hand smoke away from their kids — but they don’t have the same attitude toward vaping. Parents in the study were more likely to allow e-cigarette use in their home or car, even if they had […]

Common Questions About ADHD

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is often talked about, but the information you may hear about ADHD isn’t always accurate. It’s important to seek information from reliable sources – such as your doctor – in order to avoid confusion or misinformation about ADHD. Here are a few answers to common questions about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. What causes ADHD? The […]

ADHD or Spirited Child?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 11% (or 6.4 million) children in the United States were diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in 2011. The number of children diagnosed with ADHD continues to rise. Some people attribute this to an increased awareness, while others blame over diagnosis. This debate has […]