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Reflux in babies: Four things to know

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Most adults are familiar with gastroesophageal reflux, or the movement of stomach contents up into the esophagus. For us, reflux is usually caused by lifestyle choices, such as eating heavy, fatty foods, smoking or drinking too much coffee. In grownups, unmistakable symptoms like heartburn and burping are signs of acid reflux.

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Medical marijuana: What’s all the buzz?

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Is medical marijuana safe for children and teens? Depending on who you ask, you may get very different answers.

On one side, pro-marijuana websites, marijuana companies and dispensaries are keen to promote the numerous (often unproven) benefits of using marijuana for medical reasons. On the other side, many public health agencies, community organizations and pediatric providers warn about the risks of marijuana use during childhood and adolescence, making it quite challenging to form an unbiased opinion. 

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Help your children succeed: Let them play

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If you want to make sure that your child succeeds, make sure that they … play.

The job of children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), is to play. In fact, the AAP has a policy statement about the importance and power of play — and encourages pediatricians to do everything they can to get children to play — even writing prescriptions for it.

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Talking with your child about suicide

Depressed teen sits against wall, covering her face with her arms, considering suicide
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For three weeks in late spring of 2018, it seemed like suicide dominated the media. On May 18, the second season of the controversial series 13 Reasons Why began airing on Netflix. Eighteen days later, fashion designer Kate Spade died by suicide, followed three days later by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.

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