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Febrile Seizures:
What You Need to Know

Approximately 4 percent of children will experience a febrile seizure which can be scary to witness, but they’re fairly common in children ages six months to five years old who have a high fever. What Are Febrile Seizures? Febrile seizures are convulsions that can happen when a young child has a temperature above 100.4°F (38°C). […]


22 Easy, Healthy Meals and Snacks
for Back-to-School

If you’re a busy parent like me, the last thing you want to do during the back-to-school morning rush is find time to put together a healthy lunch for your kids. I’ve found that taking the time to prepare easy, nutritious breakfasts and lunches is a better option. Spending a few hours to plan ahead, […]


Here’s Some Advice…for Parents

Dr. Anna Mendenhall from our Encinitas pediatric office shares her perspective on how our teens are coping in the face of unrealistic expectations from parents…in addition to growing up, learning new life skills, dealing with peer pressure and simply trying to be a kid. I look at my schedule…there is a 17-year-old in my office for […]


How to have a happy, healthy and safe Halloween!

From trick-or-treating to classroom parties to haunted houses, Halloween is a magical holiday. Learn how to keep your family safe during this fun holiday from Dr. Anna Mendenhall, pediatrician at CPCMG Encinitas. All dressed up: Select costumes that are bright and reflective. Be sure to purchase costumes, costumes, wigs and accessories that are labeled flame […]


Breakfast: How to make the most important meal of the day easy

“I don’t have time to eat breakfast.” This is what I hear from the majority of my middle school and high school patients, and I always have the following conversation with them: “Breakfast is called breakfast because you are BREAKing the FAST from sleeping all night long! When our bodies are ready to start the […]


Hey mom, my head hurts! Kids and Headaches

Unfortunately, children can get the same types of headaches as adults. While some children may have inherited a predisposition for headaches from a parent, lifestyle and daily habits can also have an impact on this painful condition. Sometimes, improvements and changes in these areas along with result in significant benefits without the need for medication.


Cuts and Scrapes: Wise Advice and Urban Legends

We all know the sound too well – your little one crying in pain after a tumble which resulted in a nasty scrape (also known as an abrasion). What should you do? First, remember to remain calm and reassuring to your child; then get to cleaning and dressing the wound.


ASK THE CPCMG PEDIATRICIAN: How can I keep my child from getting sick?

While there is no guaranteed way to keep your child from getting sick, certain precautions may make a difference.


Should my child wear sunglasses?

While sometimes worn as a fashion accessory, sunglasses will also protect your child’s eyes from the sun’s powerful ultraviolet rays that can cause problems later in life.


Itchy, dry skin….what to do?

It’s that time of year when the heater can dry our home environment out a bit and your child has dry skin and seems itchy…Here are some helpful tips on home care and when you need to see your pediatrician.