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Back to School in the Age of Covid

By: Dr. Shira Bassly, MD

August 17, 2020

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What should I do about school? Many parents and caregivers are agonizing over this question. In many states, Covid-19 cases remain steady or…
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Kid Corner: Why Are We Wearing Masks?

By: Becca Mitsos, CCLS

June 23, 2020

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You probably have noticed that there are lots of people wearing masks outside. At the grocery store, on walks with their dogs, and you might…
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5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day 2020

By: Team TD

April 22, 2020

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Just like you, the Earth is an unimaginable wonder. And just like you, the Earth can't do it all by herself. Earth Day is a reminder for us…
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How to Talk With Kids About Covid-19

By: Becca Mitsos, CCLS

April 20, 2020

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This pandemic can be a scary topic to discuss when there is so much unknown. As parents and caregivers, you are under even more pressure…
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The Importance of Mindfulness for Kids

By: Dr. Micah Resnick, MD

March 25, 2020

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These are strange, stressful, anxiety-inducing times. Children of all ages really need opportunities where they can take time out each day…
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Kindness: Something You Can Control

By: Nelu Simonsz, MD

April 08, 2020

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With everything going on in the world at the moment with Covid-19, many people are understably scared and stressed. This can lead to unkind…
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COVID-19: What We Know

By: Dr. Clarisse Valencia, MD

April 03, 2020

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COVID-19 is a worldwide infection—-a pandemic—-that started in China from a coronavirus. Worldwide, over a million people have been infected…
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Caring for Kids with Strep Throat

By: Dr. Clarisse Valencia, MD

January 22, 2020

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Does your child's throat hurt when s/he swallows? It could be a sore throat or it could even be the dreaded Strep throat. In clinic, I often…
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World Kindness Day 2019

By: Dr. Patches

November 13, 2019

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This Wednesday, November 13, is World Kindness Day. All over the globe, kids and adults will be going out of their way to treat other kids…
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The 2 Biggest Flu Myths

By: Team TD

November 07, 2019

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For any of you who have had the flu, you know how awful it can be! The achy muscles, fever, headache, sore throat, chills, and runny nose…
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How to Treat Your Child's Eczema

By: Dr. Ashley Osborne, MD

September 24, 2019

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One of the most common concerns I address in my clinic is eczema. Eczema (also called atopic dermatitis) is a very common skin problem…
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How To Treat A Child's Sunburn

By: Dr. Yeajin Lee, PharmD, RPh

August 23, 2018

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Sometimes even with proper sun protection (fun-screen!), you might still get a sunburn. Everyone’s different, so depending on the color and…
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The One Thing Everyone Should Do To Stay Healthy

By: Team TD

May 08, 2018

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The flu has been extra prevalent in 2018, so we want to share one of the easiest and most important ways to help you stay flu-free!The flu…
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The Truth About Sugar: What Is It?

By: Team TD

May 15, 2018

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It’s safe to say that all of us at Tiny Docs are obsessed with sugar. It’s everywhere and the more we learn about it, the more we realize…
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Presidents Exercise Too!

By: Mia Claretto, Kindergarten Teacher

November 14, 2018

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Leading a country is hard work and staying physically fit is an important part of that job. A healthy president is key to a healthy country…
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Don't Forget Your Sunscreen

By: Dr. Yeajin Lee, PharmD, RPh

August 28, 2018

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The dog days of summer are coming to an end. The days of outdoor BBQs, picnics, and, most importantly, the beach are unfortunately numbered…
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How To Explain Asthma To Kids

By: Diane Morales, Certified Child Life Specialist

August 07, 2018

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For many of my patients, asthma has been a lifelong condition they regularly receive treatment for, so they often think there’s no need for…
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Tips For Your Child's Next Visit To The Doctor

By: Allie Jones, CCLS

July 31, 2018

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I was driving steadily down the road. I glanced in the review mirror and saw my son’s tiny toes peeping out from his car seat.Tears welled…
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Answering The Call

By: Sunny Williams, CEO

October 10, 2016

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In December 2014, feeling a bit of spiritual ennui, I set off on a hike (privilege alert!) for spiritual renewal on the Pacific Crest Trail…
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A Remarkable Female Lead

By: Sunny Williams, CEO

January 21, 2017

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One of the first things that people notice when I show them our cast of characters is that our lead character is a little girl with purple…
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A Note From A Teacher

By: Mia Claretto, Kindergarten Teacher

January 15, 2017

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As a kindergarten teacher I’ve seen my fair share of injuries from scrapes to bruises to vomit and even broken bones. I’ve seen the kiddos…
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Exceptional Humans Only

By: Sunny Williams, CEO

September 10, 2016

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At my former law firm, we supposedly had a “no jerks” hiring policy, a laughable policy. I say laughable because, due to the nature of the…
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Kevin's Tonsillectomy

By: Dr. Patches

September 15, 2016

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Kevin’s tonsillectomy got me thinking about how important it is for kids to take care of themselves after surgical procedures. After a…
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From Big Bird to Dr. Patches

By: Dustin Claretto, COO

November 16, 2016

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I was raised on the street and a bus. Every morning I’d make my way to a picnic table, hope there was a good breakfast, and start my day…
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Grocery Store Secrets Vol. 1

By: Dr. Patches

March 30, 2018

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Have you ever gotten lost in a grocery store? Aisles and aisles of frozen pizzas, chips, cereal, spaghetti, and peanut butter all seem to…
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The Secret To Eating Fruits and Vegetables

By: Dr. Patches

April 11, 2018

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One of the most common (and important) topics kids ask me about is food. How many fruits and vegetables should I eat? If I eat a bowl of ice…
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A Billion Smiles

By: Sunny Williams, CEO

February 22, 2017

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A few weeks ago I was speaking with a dear friend and mentor about Tiny Docs. His rabid enthusiasm about Tiny Docs and our mission is…

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