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Why exposures like domestic violence & trauma are important to ask about

As a behavioral pediatrician, I see children with behavior problems.  Kids with aggression, kids who have been kicked out of multiple daycares or schools, and kids who are not doing well at home or school. One of the things I always look for are clues as to WHY. Behaviors, while stressful, are not a diagnosis. They are symptoms of something else. For example: Just because a kiddo is not completing homework or cannot pay attention…it does not automatically mean the child has

What is Health Literacy?

“Health Literacy” refers to the degree to which a person obtains, thinks through and understands basic health information and services needed to make appropriate decisions.  It is influenced by how medical personnel share information with patients and also how families communicate their needs and questions. It also is dependent on one’s knowledge about the health topic and cultural background.  Basically, being health literate translates to being able to fully engaged in one’s healthcare–navigating the system, adequately sharing concerns and health