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Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness

Introduction April is Child Abuse Prevention Month (and Neglect Prevention Month). Therefore, Straight, No Chaser, with the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Preventi
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 15, 2019

Promoting Autism Awareness

Introduction It’s National Autism Awareness Month. We want you to have accurate information about the spectrum of disorders. Autism prevalence is now one in every 59 children
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 1, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions About Lead Poisoning

Introduction Medically speaking, it really wasn’t long ago when dozens of cases of lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan occurred. Of course, this was a result of elevated levels
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 26, 2018

Tips on Buying Safe Toys and Gifts

Introduction If you’re shopping today, don’t you want to make sure you’re buying safe toys? At Straight, No Chaser, we review the literature and give you the goo
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 23, 2018

Tips to Avoid SIDS and SUID (Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths)

Introduction Whether you’re expecting, a parent or even a grandparent, most have heard of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Unfortunately, what you’re really concerned about
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 2, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Rashes on Your Palms and Soles; It's Not Always Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

In the world of rashes, there aren’t an abundance of rashes that appear on the palms and soles.  However, there are a few of note, so here’s some Quick Tips to point y
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 3, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Your Guide to Fighting Childhood Obesity (Works for Adults, Too!)

Would you start your child on a fad diet? Of course not. Combating obesity means consistently applying principles that bear fruit (and include fruits over time). So you have an ove
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 2, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Childhood Obesity

Here’s the thing. Adults have control over and choices about how to live their lives. In the overwhelming majority of cases, children do not. Yet, in the overwhelming majorit
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 1, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Kids Summer Fun Gone Wrong – Trampoline & Hover Board Trauma

With the recent  holiday weekend behind us, let me share a story…. It starts with me back in the emergency room with a little girl who looks like her forearm is going to fal
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 1, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: The Effects of PTSD on Children

This is part of a series on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For a review of PTSD signs, symptoms and those at risk, click here. For a review of PTSD diagnosis and treatment
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 30, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Healthy and Safe Swimming

Did you know this is National Healthy Safe and Swimming Week? Whether you’re an avid swimmer or only deal with it on a vacation, it’s important to be reminded how to be safe wh
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 27, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Learning the Risks and Signs of Abusive Head Trauma

This part of the conversation is not about spanking. It’s not even about abuse. It’s about learning who is most likely to cause harm to your child, intended or not, and what pl
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 25, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Abusive Head Trauma aka Shaken Baby Syndrome

The discussion regarding the line between parental discipline and child abuse has proven to be a passionate one. Without wading into opinions, let me elaborate and give a concrete
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 24, 2018

The Emotional Signs of Child Abuse

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser post addresses the emotional signs of child abuse. In a previous Straight, No Chaser, we provided a pictorial demonstration of the physical
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 23, 2018

The Physical Signs of Child Abuse

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser post addresses the physical signs of child abuse. Given how often this topic is in the news, we must continue to drill certain points home. Th
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 22, 2018

Recognizing Sexual Abuse in Children

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser post is about recognizing sexual abuse in children. The Scope of Sexual Abuse in Children Child. Sexual. Abuse. Those words shouldn’t go
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 21, 2018

The Spectrum and Specter of Autism

Introduction It’s National Autism Awareness Month. Let’s get informed. Autism. It’s a small word. However, it has big effects on families. Previously, we discusse
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 2, 2018

From the Health Library of SterlingMedicalAdvice.com: What steps should I take if there's an outbreak of head lice?

Check your child’s hair for lice and nits (lice eggs) every three to four days. Nits commonly look like dandruff, but they cannot be easily brushed off the hair. Also check b
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 31, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Tips on Safe Toys and Gifts

At Straight, No Chaser, we review the literature and give you the goods. While you’re out and about shopping for toys, print out this list to help you select safe toys, then pos
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 20, 2017

Tips to Avoid Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected

Whether you’re expecting, a parent or even a grandparent, most have heard of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). What you’re really concerned about is Sudden Unexpected Infant
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 1, 2017
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