14 Must-Read Children’s Books

Children’s books have a special power. They let us go on adventures with Winnie the Pooh, be amazed at Charlotte’s Web, and enjoy the antics of the Cat in the Hat. Children’s books spark creativity and bring sweet memories of reading with our families. If you are looking for a new book to read with […]

Recipe for Healthy Holidays: Food for Thought

Holidays can bring out the relaxing, upbeat best (and sometimes the hectic,tense worst) in kids and parents. These times highlight the challenges of effective parenting. They are a “tester” of sorts. How can parents promote the warm atmosphere that defines the best of life in a healthy family? Parenting starts with understanding your own personality […]

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Exam Room Etiquette: Take A Break From Your Devices 

In today’s connected world, it can be necessary to fill up every free second checking emails and responding to never-ending phone notifications. It is common for me to hear buzzes and beeps emanating from purses and pockets while I am in exam rooms, and as a doctor, I can empathize with feeling like you’re always […]

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Beating Picky Eating: Strategies for Parents

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Becca McCurdy shares some proven strategies for overcoming picky eating. Try to avoid frequent snacking, start small, use positive peer power, and prepare meals together!       Transcript: Even though most children will go through a picky eating phase, that doesn’t make it any less frustrating for you as a parent. […]

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Cooking with Kids: The Benefits of Making Food Memories

“Mom, what’s for lunch?” The next time your kids ask you what’s on the menu, turn the question around: “What would you like us to make?” Cooking with your kids has many benefits, from practicing math concepts like counting, measurement, and fractions, to helping picky eaters engage other senses to become comfortable with new foods. […]

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BEAMS Counseling Program

MD Pediatrics is pleased to announce our new Behavior, Emotional, and Mental Support program (BEAMS)! Our practice is partnering with Flower Mound Counseling to offer counseling appointments in both the Coppell and Flower Mound locations. The new BEAMS Program builds on an initial assessment to offer recommendations and guidance on what would benefit your child and family. • Parent/Child Counseling, ages […]

Starting School: A Roadmap for Change-Sensitive Kids

Kids who are worriers and sensitive to change often have problems starting school.  This process most affects kids starting kindergarten, but prior school experience does not guarantee easy adaptation to starting school. This is my basic outline that I offer parents who are navigating this transition:  1. Kids who are worriers often are more routine-driven […]

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Video: Dr. Forbes on Behavioral Health

What is a Patient-Centered Medical Home and why does it matter? Dr. Forbes explains, detailing why the Patient-Centered Medical Home approach delivers better results for patients with behavioral health conditions like ADHD.   Transcript Hi, I’m Dr. Michelle Forbes. I am a pediatrician at MD Pediatrics, and I’d like to talk about behavioral health today. At […]

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Introducing Your Child to Highly Allergic Foods

Given the recent news about the new recommendations for preventing peanut allergies, we at MD Pediatrics would like to take the time to review our parental guidelines on how to introduce highly allergic foods, like eggs, peanuts, and fish, to infants.   Current recommendations are that infants should be introduced to solids around the age of […]

iPads: Not for Babies

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Tech companies have fooled parents. Through clever marketing that suggests that certain apps contribute to child learning, parents have been convinced that iPads and tablets are a great companion for young children. However, most of these marketing claims are unsubstantiated by research. The truth of the matter is that screen time is much more likely to negatively […]

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