• 1st Trimester Prenatal Visits

    1st Trimester Prenatal Visits

    One of the first calls you’ll make when you suspect you’re pregnant is to your family doctor or obstetrician. If you had a positive pregnancy test shortly after a possible conception, some doctors may ask you to hold off on scheduling your first prenatal visit for a few weeks until your pregnancy is well established.

  • 2nd Trimester Prenatal Visits

    2nd Trimester Prenatal Visits

    While no one would say it’s all downhill from here (there’s labor after all, as well as the aches and pains of late pregnancy), for many women the second trimester feels like the “easy” part of pregnancy. Fear of miscarriage subsides, nausea abates, and energy surges — all in all, there’s less to be worried

  • 3rd Trimester Prenatal Visits

    3rd Trimester Prenatal Visits

    After eight months of pregnancy, you’re already well acquainted with your doctor. You’ve been poked, prodded, scanned, and then poked again. If your pregnancy has been progressing normally, you’ve probably been seeing your doctor once or twice each month. But now that you’re in the home stretch, you’ll be spending even more time in the

  • Assisted Reproductive Technology

    Assisted Reproductive Technology

    If you’re old enough, you may remember all the hoopla about “test-tube babies” when the first child was conceived outside a woman’s body in 1978. That original experimental procedure, called in vitro fertilization (IVF), is now just one of several fertility treatments available. IVF has since been joined by a host of additional procedures which

  • Bone, Muscle, and Joint Trauma

    Bone, Muscle, and Joint Trauma

    What should I do if my child breaks a bone or dislocates a joint? A broken bone or dislocated joint is a serious injury that requires a doctor’s immediate attention. The best thing you can do is protect the injured area, making sure your child doesn’t worsen the damage. Fractures are breaks, cracks, or chips

  • Testicular Self-Exam

    Testicular Self-Exam

    Although this disease accounts for only 1 percent of all cancer cases in men, it’s the most commonly occurring cancer among males 15 to 34 years old. Researchers have charted a slow rise in the number of cases over the last 15 years.

  • Thumb-Sucking & Pacifiers, Ages 1 to 3

    Thumb-Sucking & Pacifiers, Ages 1 to 3

    Should I be worried that my toddler sucks his pacifier all the time? No. For children between the ages of 1 and 3, sucking on a thumb or pacifier is natural. It can help your child with new challenges, such as sleeping through the night, eating with the family, and going on a long car

  • Thumb-Sucking & Pacifiers, Ages 3 to 6

    Thumb-Sucking & Pacifiers, Ages 3 to 6

    Should I be worried that my 3-year-old won’t go anywhere without his pacifier? No, but it’s probably not too early to begin encouraging your child to be less dependent on it. Most children stop using pacifiers between the ages of 2 and 4, but many stop well before that. You can always force your child

  • Tick Bites

    Tick Bites

    Ticks can carry a variety of germs — including microbes that cause Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and other diseases such as ehrlichiosis and tularemia. That’s why it’s important to remove the tick and clean the area as soon as you discover the problem.

  • Time-Outs, Ages 1 to 3

    Time-Outs, Ages 1 to 3

    What to Do When They’re Not Working