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  • Thumb sucking

    Thumb sucking in infants is a very common occurrence. Once they have discovered their fingers and how much fun it is to suck on them, the fingers, and even the whole fist sometimes, find their way into your infant’s mouth....

     
  • Stuttering

    Stuttering is a disorder of fluency of speech, meaning that the flow of speech is disrupted. Stuttering occurs in approximately 5% of children and tends to run in families. It is most commonly seen from ages 2 to 5 years....

     
  • Tips to help with Bedwetting

    Enuresis is the medical term used for what is more commonly called bedwetting. Generally, the term refers only to wetting which continues after the attainment of daytime bladder control. Normally, urine production is decreased over night due to a concentrating hormone released...

     
  • Methods of Contraception

    In this article, methods of contraception discussed include condoms, birth control pills, the morning-after pill, Norplant, Depo-Provera, and others. Please read our article on sexually transmitted diseases that will cover herpes, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, human papilloma virus, crabs, trichomonas, HIV,...

     
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases

    Sexually transmitted diseases are illness caused by infection with bacteria, viruses, and other organisms. These organisms are passed from one person to another by sexual contact-oral or genital. The following organisms can be passed by sexual contact: gonorrhea, Treponema pallidum...

     
  • Teen Depression

    Depression hurts. Depression is real, genuine pain – just as real and genuine as an open wound or a healing scar. In many ways, depression is an open wound; sometimes it is part of the healing process as well. We are learning new...

     
  • Cutting

    What is Cutting “Cutting,” is one of a number of behaviors that doctors refer to as “self-harming,” “self-mutilating,” or “self-injurious.” There is an epidemic of cutting among American teenagers. Many adults have tended to think of cutting as either a suicide attempt or...

     
  • Body Image and the Adolescent

    Body image  is critical to the developing teen.  A teen thinking about body image is asking, “How do I see myself?” S/he’s also asking “How do I think others see me?”  The answers to these questions begin long before adolescence – and...

     
  • Adolescence – The Journey

    “Grow up!” How often have you heard yourself say that to your child – either aloud or under your breath? The Latin word for our English phrase, “grow up,” is adolescens, which is of course where we get our term, “adolescent.”...

     
  • Teen Anxiety

    All teens (and their parents) experience anxiety. Humans in general become anxious when faced with unfamiliar situations – and adolescence is filled with such situations! The teen years are a time for exploration of new frontiers, for pushing boundaries and for establishing control...