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Everyday, There’s a Reason to Celebrate Life!

Reasons to Celebrate! Living in the Carmel Valley San Diego community means there are plenty of things to be thankful for. We have some of the best weather in the world and can enjoy the company of some of the best people around. Events such as weddings, graduations, births, birthdays, and anniversaries can be a […]

For the past several years, we pediatricians were thrilled to have the option of offering families the Flu Mist. The children loved us for it too!  A quick nose spray instead of a shot, which protected them from the influenza.  A nasty respiratory illness.  But now, the Flu Mist is gone. So what happened????  Luckily, […]

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My baby is due for her first round of shots soon, and I’m a nervous wreck. How can I make my little one as comfortable as possible both during and after the appointment? Before heading to the appointment, calm your nerves by making a list of the questions you have. Perhaps you have specific questions […]

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Parenting is one of the most challenging experiences that I have had to face. Yet, it has also been the most rewarding. There is much to learn and it provides us with an opportunity to grow as a person and a professional. It does take discipline. A word that seems to have a negative connotation. […]

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Is it Strep, is it allergies or is it just a sore throat? How many times do we pediatricians hear this complaint? Even for us in the medical field it is not an exact science to diagnose a strep throat. Many factors are taken into account when a sick child presents with a sore throat. […]

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Too many parents wrongly assume that the sun is only dangerous when it’s shining brightly. The fact is, the sun’s rays are dangerous no matter what time of the year, and too much exposure during childhood can lead to serious problems later in life. Parents should pay special care to protect their kids when playing […]

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Well child checks are a routine part of a child’s life.  These visits are opportunities to follow their growth and development and to review accurate information regarding their overall health.  Topics such as nutrition, bedwetting, parenting, and, of course, vaccinations can all be reviewed at this time.  Here are some tips to prepare for these […]

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Middle School.  I know no one who would be willing to relive those awkward, anxious years.  Changing bodies, changing classes, changing circles of friends.  More hormones, more homework, more stress.  And, as parents who have lived through it, it’s natural for us to want to minimize the discomforts of adolescence for our children.  And it’s […]

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Have you seen the #LikeAGirl video making the rounds recently?  If not, take a minute (OK, three minutes) to watch it and then read on.  The video is a social experiment.  First, the director asks teenage girls and boys to “run like a girl”, “fight like a girl” and “throw like a girl.”  Then she […]

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It’s that time of the year once again.  No, not the Holidays, but the end of another school year in San Diego and all the events that follow.  From recitals, end of year school parties, proms and graduations.  Everybody is excited and if not, at least relieved, that another school year has come to an […]

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Parents are very comfortable talking about health issues yet they’re very reluctant to have to introduce the topic about the birds and the bees. I know. I myself struggled with my own children. I even struggled with the patients in my own practice. My name is Dr. de Freitas. I am a pediatrician and created […]

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As a pediatrician and mother – and all those other roles that we play in life – I spend most of my waking hours in the company of children.  They are amazing!  At times delightful, sweet and just plain funny and at other times challenging and nerve wracking.  My role entails being able to relate […]

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