Transgender Rights: The (bath)Room Where It Happens

Suffice it to say that bathrooms have recently leapt into the spotlight. The past several years have brought controversy to restrooms through a number of bills written to regulate who accesses bathrooms labeled for men or women. These bills have seemed to specifically target transgender people, often including legislation that requires that people use the bathroom that would align with the sex that they were assigned at birth. (If you’re not clear on terminology related to gender identity, like transgender or cisgender, check out our previous post with some introductory information.) It’s certainly not a new issue; as transwoman and transgender rights activist, Laverne Cox, stated, “Trans people have been going to the bathroom for a very long time.” To catch you up, we’ll start by going over a brief history of recent legislation and federal guidelines, then discuss some of the arguments raised in this debate.

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What Parents Need to Know About Strawberry Marks

Child with strawberry marks (hemangioma)You may have seen a baby with a “strawberry mark” – a pink or blue colored lesion that can appear anywhere on the body, including the face. These lesions are called hemangiomas [hi-man-jee-oh-muh]. Infantile hemangiomas are the most common type of hemangioma and affect 3-5% of babies. Risk factors for these include being Caucasian and female, and being born prematurely and with low birth weight.  Some strawberry marks look like a flat red mark at birth, but can grow rapidly in the first few months of life. The period of most rapid growth seems to fall between 4 and 8 weeks of life based on review of parent photographs. That’s a tricky time to catch because the timing of typical well-child checks tends to fall prior to and following that age range. Read more

The Intersection Between Eating Disorders and Mental Health

It’s that time of year again: Feb 26- March 4, 2017 is National Eating Disorders Awareness week (#NEDAwareness). This year’s theme is: It’s time to talk about it! The goal is to increase the conversations about eating disorders to decrease their stigma. Previous eating disorders blogs I wrote have discussed prevalence, warning signs, focusing on healthy habits instead of weight, males with body image issues, and even a first-person account of living with an eating disorder. This year I’m going to focus on the intersection of eating disorders and other common mental health conditions.

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What to Do When Kids Lie

What to do when kids lieMany of us remember our parents’ reaction when we were caught in a lie or remember when our children told us a lie.  It often comes as a shock to parents. The reality is that all children lie at some point. It’s a normal part of a development. As the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) explains, the act of lying demonstrates that their conscience is working. While it can be upsetting when kids lie or stretch the truth, the reasons they do so vary by age. And, how we react can make a big difference on their future behavior.

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