Kids Corner with Dr. S 

 

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Welcome to my blog! I am Dr. Lauretta Stombaugh (Dr. S) and I have been part of the Hendersonville Pediatrics family for over 8 years. I have decided to share this blog because I feel that it is vital for parents and caregivers to be well-informed as well as have access to solid, accurate medical information. Your children are our children and we take pride in the excellent care we provide here at Hendersonville Pediatrics. Please join me monthly (or every two weeks if my four kids allow me time to write!) and I will in turn provide interesting, helpful and maybe even comical blogs. Please share a link to my blog! Ready, set, go!!

What is ADHD?

ADD or ADHD is a chronic disorder where there is an imbalance within the nervous system. This can interfere with a child’s development, functioning and relationships. It can occur in children or adults. It can be disruptive but is a manageable condition. There is nothing “ wrong” with your child. There is nothing that you did to cause ADHD in your child. Their brain just works differently. Individuals can struggle with the following:

Does your toddler get into everything? Do you feel like you can barely look away and your child is trying to do something dangerous? Truth is, toddlers are curious and love to explore which is very normal for their age. I encourage fostering of this curiosity with the caveat that taking safety precautions along the way is a must. Drowning is the most common cause of death from injury for children ages 1-4. Falls are the most common cause of nonfatal injuries for children 1-19 yo. So what can you do to keep your littles safe during this challenging and fun stage of development? Note: some of these apply to infants as well.

I cannot tell a lie. In my early years as a parent, I, too, was guilty of pridefully, boasting about how my first born child ate and loved avocado. I took at least fifteen photos of her eating it; the ripe green color on her cheeks contrasting with her reddish-toned hair. I sent the photos to my mother, my sister, my mother-in-law and then to my mother again. Then I did what any proud, first time mother does.

Dr. Strombaugh is back in this video talking about positive discipline techniques

My new book, Let Them Climb, is available through Amazon!

Parenting can be challenging, blissful, confusing and exciting. It is an ever changing path, filled with unexpected successes and unwelcome struggles. My book takes you on a genuine, introspective journey through my own parenting experiences.  One of the big messages is to create safe spaces for your children to gain confidence then let the ropes loose and allow them to climb. Be mindful, engaging and true to yourself as a parent.