Your flu vaccine questions, answered

Why should my family get vaccinated for flu this season? Last year’s flu season was one of the highest severity flu seasons on record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Explaining the unexplainable

The news may be scary, but kids can cope through talk and play. Between natural disasters, violence and political drama, turning on the news these days can be frightening for anyone. Add the task...

When food bites back

How to avoid foodborne illness – and what to do when it strikes Whether you call it food poisoning, a stomach bug or simply tummy trouble, getting hit with a foodborne illness isn’t fun—and it...

Preventing the preventable: what you need to know about measles

Another large exposure of a dangerous infection: This is always a newsworthy event, but it often occurs in other parts of the world. Unfortunately, we have such an event currently happening in our...

A smidge of structure

For some kids, the best part about summer is the freedom. For others, the unstructured days leave them feeling restless and untethered. “In general, kids benefit from structure and...

Here comes the sun

Sunburns, bug bites, dehydration – all are common pitfalls that can quickly derail your family's summertime fun. As you gear up for lazy days by the pool and long walks in the woods, keep these...

Kids and kidney stones

Doctors don't know why more children are turning up at hospitals and clinics with kidney stones – a painful problem usually found in adults – but it is likely tied to poor diet and...

The value of free play: How to raise confident, comfortable kids

This article was written by Katie Vaughan and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine as part of a larger series on independence.  Free play...

On screen: How to raise confident, comfortable kids

This article was written by Katie Vaughan and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine as part of a larger series on independence.  When it comes to...

Dealing with anxiety: How to raise confident, comfortable kids

This article was written by Katie Vaughan and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine as part of a larger series on independence.  Would it surprise...