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Letting Kids with Anxiety Face Their Fears

April 17, 2019
From NPR.org: The first time Jessica Calise can remember her 9-year-old son Joseph's anxiety spiking was about a year ago, when he had to perform at a school concert. He said his stomach hurt and he might throw up. "We...

AAP Urges Recall of Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper

April 10, 2019
From the American Academy of Pediatrics: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) calls on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to issue an immediate recall for the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper, which has been tied to 32 sleep-related...

Eating Fish May Help City Kids With Asthma Breathe Better

April 3, 2019
From NPR.org: It's long been known that air pollution influences the risk -- and severity -- of asthma. Now, there's emerging evidence that diet can play a role, too. A new study finds that higher consumption of omega-3 fatty acids,...

How to Reduce Added Sugar in Your Child's Diet

March 25, 2019
From the American Academy of Pediatrics: On average, sugar makes up 17% of what children consume each day. That's a lot of sugar―and half of that comes from drinks with added sugar! Many foods or beverages have extra sugar and...

FDA Says It Found Asbestos In Makeup At Claire's

March 11, 2019
From NPR News: U.S. regulators say several makeup products from Claire's stores tested positive for asbestos, a mineral that has been linked to deadly cancers. The Food and Drug Administration tested makeup from Claire's and the retailer Justice, both of...

Teenagers Say Depression and Anxiety Are Major Issues

February 22, 2019
From The New York Times: Most American teenagers -- across demographic groups -- see depression and anxiety as major problems among their peers, a new survey by the Pew Research Center found. The survey found that 70 percent of teenagers...

Medical Anthropologist Explores 'Vaccine Hesitancy'

February 22, 2019
From NPR: Distrust of vaccines may be almost as contagious as measles, according to medical anthropologist Elisa Sobo. More than 100 people have been infected with measles this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Over 50 of those...

Snow Closing

February 20, 2019
Due to the snowstorm, the office will be closing at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, February 20, 2019....

On Perinatal Depression

February 12, 2019
From The New York Times: As many as one in seven women experience depression during pregnancy, or in the year after giving birth, and there has never been any method scientifically recommended to prevent it. On Tuesday a government panel...

Germs In Your Gut

February 4, 2019
From The New York Times, here's an article about new research into the human microbiome and what implications gut bacteria might have in diseases like autism and dementia. In 2014 John Cryan, a professor at University College Cork in Ireland,...

How to Know If Your Child is Being Bullied

January 22, 2019
From the Child Mind Institute: We are all aware that being bullied as a child is not a trivial thing. It not only causes acute suffering, it has been linked to long-term emotional problems, and children who lack strong parental...

Washington's First New Year Baby!

January 15, 2019
McKnight Pediatrics is proud to be the home office for D.C.'s first New Year baby of 2019! Baby Lucy was born on the first of January at 12:07 AM. She tipped the scales at 5 pounds and 7.1 ounces, and...

Snow Delays

January 13, 2019
Due to the snowstorm, the office will be opening at 9:00 AM on Monday, January 14, 2019. This is subject to change, depending on the changes in snow/ice accumulation and road conditions. Please check back here before coming into the...

Anxiety in the Classroom

January 8, 2019
From the Child Mind Institute: Sometimes anxiety is easy to identify--like when a child is feeling nervous before a test at school. Other times anxiety in the classroom can look like something else entirely -- an upset stomach, disruptive or...

The Links Between Social-Media Use and Depression

January 4, 2019
From CNN.com: Though social media can be a helpful tool for teenagers to learn and connect with friends, experts have long warned that too much Snapchatting or Instagramming can come with downsides. There appears to be a connection between social...

More Than Just a Cold?

December 17, 2018
Recently, our office has seen quite a few young patients with bronchiolitis, which is a serious respiratory infection whose symptoms are very similar to the common cold. Both the common cold and bronchiolitis are caused by the same virus--respiratory syncytial...

Global-Health Officials Respond to Spike in Measles

December 13, 2018
From NPR News, published on November 30, 2018: If you take the long view, international health organizations have much to be encouraged about when it comes to the global fight against measles. From 2000 to 2017, for instance, the annual...

New Study on Infant Sleep

December 10, 2018
From the American Academy of Pediatrics: Along with other milestones like rolling over and sitting up, new parents often expect their infant will start sleeping through the night by around 6 months of age. But authors of a study in...

Packages of Infant Ibuprofen Have Been Recalled

December 6, 2018
As reported on CNN.com: A recall has been issued for infant ibuprofen sold by CVS, Family Dollar and Walmart, Tris Pharma said this week. The three recalled lots of Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50 mg per 1.25 mL may...

Nighttime media use threatens teen sleep

October 24, 2018
Check out this article about how night time media use can affect teen sleep "Nighttime media use was associated with less sleep, as well as self-reported anxiety and depression, in teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, based on data from 81 adolescents."...

AAP report: Prioritize Play for Young Children

October 24, 2018
Check out this article about the importance of prioritizing play for young children. " Pediatricians, parents, and teachers should prioritize play for children under their care because of its significant benefits, such as encouraging learning, building social bonds, and regulating...

Swaddling sleeping infants increases risk of SIDS

May 16, 2016
May 11, 2016 Swaddling sleeping infants increases risk of SIDS Infants who are swaddled while they sleep have an increased risk of SIDS. Swaddling infants, especially when they are sleeping in a prone position or on their side, may increase...

Grandson #2 for Dr. McKnight!

April 27, 2015
Chase Ellington McKay, Dr. McKnight's daughter Jessica's second son with her husband Montrel, was born on Monday, April 13 at 8:16 PM PST! Chase is a healthy 7 lbs. 11 oz. and 19.5 inches. They are all doing really well!...