• Why “Don’t cry, be brave” Can Backfire

    September 30, 2020

    You may hear parents tell their children not to cry during stressful moments in the visit. Parents are often embarrassed that their child is upset, and feel pressure to get them to stop crying. In those instances, you can label and validate a child’s emotions and let the parents know that it is OK for…Read More

  • Thinking About Food Insecurity

    September 23, 2020

    Food Insecurity is the lack of reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious meals. Childhood food insecurity may lead to poor health status, developmental risks, mental health problems, and poor educational outcomes. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all providers screen patients for food insecurity at scheduled health maintenance visits or sooner, if indicated. According to the…Read More

  • Telemedicine – Following a Child’s Lead

    September 16, 2020

    During telehealth visits you can model the important developmental concept of following a child’s lead. Children learn most when they are engaged in their play, supported in their explorations and have the opportunity to make choices. Since young children between 12-24 months will often not sit still in a visit, you can encourage them to…Read More

  • In the Exam Room – Making the Most with a Mask

    September 9, 2020

    Wearing masks during visits can make relationship building with patients more difficult. Here are a few strategies to help build connections, EVEN with this barrier in communication. 1. Get on Eye Level. This helps children see your face better and feel less threatened. 2. Ask Questions Directly to the Child. This helps the child feel…Read More