The Blueberry Pediatrics Blog
How much sleep does my child need?
1 Sheep, 2 Sheep, 3 Sheep… SLEEP! Sleep is SO important for all ages! On top of what I learned in medical school and pediatrics residency, I read every book I could find (more on that at the bottom) when my daughter was an infant. Why?  Adequate sleep is essential for overall healthy growth and ...
Cell Phone Safety – The Blueberry Pediatrics Med Minute
Welcome back to the Blueberry Med Minute, where once a week you’ll learn something new from Dr. Lyndsey Garbi. Today Dr. Garbi shares some tips on reducing radiation from cell phone use.  Transcript: Hey for this med minute let’s talk about cell phone safety. There’s a lot of controversy over whether the radiation from cell phones ...
How to Have a Safe Holiday During COVID
Ho Ho Holidays During Co Co COVID With COVID on our minds, the holidays will be different this year for all of us, but that doesn’t mean they have to less than fun and fabulous! Let’s be honest, we deserve it after all we’ve been through this year. Here are some suggestions on how to have ...
Doctor’s Notes For School, Work, and More
The dreaded words: “Your child will need a doctor’s note to return.”  The one sentence means so much time, stress, and effort! For a lot of families, this also means taking time off work to get your child from school and then head over to the doctor’s office. Add on top of that a child who ...
Doctor’s Note – Does My Kid Need To Stay Home From School?
Do you wake up every morning lately hoping your kids can go to school so you can maintain some normalcy during these crazy times?!  The Crucial Factors a Pediatrician Has to Consider  Pediatricians get multiple requests daily to clear kids to go back to school with a doctor’s note because they have been sent home ...
Mosquito Bites in Kids | What to Do and How to Prevent Bug Bites
Mosquitoes are the worst! Mosquitoes can send you running inside to miss out on a lot of fun outdoors. Although most mosquito bites cause nothing more than an annoying bump, they can sometimes lead to infections and other problems. Mosquitoes can carry diseases in some geographic locations, such as Dengue fever, Zika virus, West Nile ...
Growth Curve Suggestive of High Weight or Obesity
How Does the Growth Chart Determine the Weight Category for My Child? For children older than 2 years old the body mass index (BMI) is calculated using your child’s height to weight ratio. It is the best standard available for defining measurements that classify as underweight, overweight or obese. This is the exact calculation:  BMI ...
Growth Curve Suggestive of Low Weight
How Does the Growth Chart Determine the Weight Category for My Child? For children older than 2 years old the body mass index (BMI) is calculated using your child’s height to weight ratio. It is the best standard available for defining measurements that classify as underweight, overweight or obese. This is the exact calculation:  BMI ...
Alternative Growth Charts
Standard growth charts and parameters do not apply to all children. They do not apply to children who are born prematurely or with a genetic defect such as: Williams Syndrome Down Syndrome Turner Syndrome Achondroplasia Prader-Willi syndrome Other chromosomal abnormalities Premature Babies Growth for premature babies once they leave the hospital should be monitored more ...
How to Interpret Your Child’s Growth Chart
What is a Growth Chart? Growth charts show a series of percentile curves that show the distribution of body measurements in children as they grow. Pediatricians use growth charts to track the growth of your children and see how their growth compares to the growth of other children. Who Creates the Standard Growth Curve? The ...