Summer is a great time in Vermont for enjoying the outdoors. We are lucky to have so many beautiful areas to explore and enjoy. Most of the time, things go just fine, but there have been two tragic deaths recently in Chittenden County that involved water, and reviewing some basic safety precautions will help keep […]

There has been an awful lot of public debate lately about the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  Some describe it as an important neuropsychiatric disease that is vastly under-recognized and under-treated, while others consider the disorder to be a completely made up entity that pathologizes typical child traits and exposes kids to toxic substances.  […]

While Vermont isn’t known for its heat, we all know that once it hits 90 degrees for a few days, it gets oppressive! And, we all know it’s not a dry heat. Once the high temperatures combine with high humidity you have the recipe for uncomfortable conditions. We value our summers here in Vermont, and […]

Summer is here and plants are everywhere! They offer such beauty, but some can be harmful. As we spend more time outdoors, we increase our risk of coming into contact with poisonous plants. Young children often put harmful plants or berries in their mouths and adults may pick harmful plants and berries to eat, thinking […]

Summertime has finally arrived in Vermont! As families head to the parks, lakes and woods, a lot of questions come up about insect bites and stings. Children are naturally curious and love to explore outside. This brings them into contact with a host of things, from mosquitos and ticks, to hornets and bees. And while […]

“How much water should I drink every day?” This commonly asked, and seemingly simple question, is deceptively complex. Traditionally, the answer has been the “8 x 8” rule of thumb; that is, drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water (64 ounces) per day. This “one-size-fits-all” approach is not based on any scientific evidence, nor does not […]

With the Fourth of July coming up, parents may be firing off questions about whether or not they should allow their children to light fireworks, even the smaller types. Vermont law only allows the use of sparklers less than 14 inches long with no more than 20 grams of pyrotechnic mixture, keeping them in compliance […]

Approximately 250,000 people per year in the U.S. develop asthma because of weight gain. Asthma is often thought of as a disease of children, who have difficulty breathing when their airways constrict in response to infections, exercise and allergies – and that is one type of asthma. However, we live in a time when many […]