Lee Beerman, MD
- pediatric cardiology
Location and Office HoursChildrens Hospital Of Pittsburgh
4401 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
- BlueCross BlueShield
- Coventry Health Care
- Coventry HealthAmerica
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Highmark BlueCross BlueShield
- UPMC Health Plan
- Unison Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
- Dubois Regional Medical Center West
- Heritage Valley Beaver
- Latrobe Hospital
- Magee-Womens Hospital
- UPMC Hamot Medical Center
- UPMC Presbyterian
What can be done if my child's eye is turning outward?
Outward turning of the eyes is known as exotropia. In a school-aged child, If the deviation is causing symptoms such as double vision, covering or squinting an eye, or appearance of disinterest, a careful refraction for nearsightedness needs to be performed. Assuming this is normal we typically offer surgical correction to improve the alignment. If the symptoms are mild, the child may be only monitored. In younger children, patching is also used.
Can peer pressure be good for my child?
What parent wouldn’t want children who paddled against the stream, stood up for themselves, and didn’t allow themselves to be influenced by their peers? An independent child may be a parent’s dream, but it’s often not a reality. Peer pressure is a natural part of childhood, and although it’s thought of mainly as a problem for only adolescents, it can begin as early as kindergarten.
It’s easy to forget that sometimes peer pressure is a good thing. Your child may be influenced to join a sports team or a school club because “everyone is doing that.” A good friend may inspire your child to study more, pick up a hobby, or finish homework before playing outside.
From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
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Why is it good to read bedtime stories to kids who know how to read?
Michele Borba, Psychology, answeredIn the past, it was thought that if a child was old enough to read, then it would increase his ability if he read things for himself. However, says that recent research shows that kids stop reading for enjoyment around the age of eight—the same age when most parents stop reading aloud to their kids.
A survey by Scholastic magazine also discovered that if kids don’t continue to read for pleasure beyond the age of 8, their love of reading never picks up again. Reading increases comprehension, vocabulary, imagination and attention, but it can also make for some fond family memories.
Studies also show that parents play a crucial role influencing the reading attitudes and behaviors of older children as well—so brush off that library card and give story time at your house a second try!
Scholastic’s survey also uncovered that 89% of kids say their favorite books are the ones they pick themselves and a big reason they don’t read is that they don’t like what their parents selected for them. So be sure to get your child involved in the selection of books for reading time at home.
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