Melissa Arca, M.D.

Melissa Arca, M.D. I am a board certified pediatrician, mom of two, writer, and blogger. I write about parenting and children's health. Candid parenting moments included.

Web Site: http://www.confessionsofadrmom.com/


Should parents worry about the “summer slide”?

Jul 2, 2014
Should parents worry about the “summer slide”?

So I have these books that I bought in preparation for summer. You know the ones. The ones to bridge your kids through summer onto the next grade. So their minds don’t turn to mush. So they don’t have to relearn everything from the grade before. You know, I want to be a good,...

How to protect your child from Hand Foot Mouth Disease rampant in daycare, preschools and playgrounds

May 22, 2014
How to protect your child from Hand Foot Mouth Disease rampant in daycare, preschools and playgrounds

Hand Foot Mouth Disease is running rampant right now. Storming through your local daycare, preschools, and mall playgrounds. It’s a virus (namely Coxsackie virus) that causes fever, malaise, irritability, mouth sores, and blisters/rash on palms of hands, soles of feet, and sometimes buttocks and thighs too. Children with eczema often get a more severe...

Like Yesterday

May 15, 2014
Like Yesterday

Just yesterday I was holding you on my hip. Swaying from side to side. A motion, it seems, gifted to all new mothers. As natural as breathing in and out. Or so it seems like yesterday. Wasn’t I just bemoaning the rough night I had, rocking you in the  midnight hours? Pacing a dark...

Tips for Soothing a Fussy Baby

May 7, 2014
Tips for Soothing a Fussy Baby

Being a newborn can be hard work. Being a parent of a newborn can be even harder. It’s exactly like everyone told you it would be, except now you’re living it. It’s overwhelming. Exhausting. All Consuming. But also the most beautiful, amazing, and important moment of your life. Parenthood certainly changes you. And just...

The Teen Connection: Helping Teens Safely Navigate Social Media

Apr 30, 2014
The Teen Connection: Helping Teens Safely Navigate Social Media

Teens are actively engaged in social media, social networking, and texting.  We know this, not simply by looking at the stats, but by seeing them around us. In the office, at coffee shops, and in their homes. Their smartphones and the world that is opened through various apps, plays a significant role in their social...

5 Ways to Help a Toddler in Distress

Mar 13, 2014
5 Ways to Help a Toddler in Distress

Toddlers certainly add excitement to our lives, don’t they? One minute they’re on top of the world singing and dancing across the living room. And the next, they’re a pile of tears on the kitchen floor. They can often seem like a ticking emotional time bomb. We’re never quite sure what will set them...

Stealing Moments to Play

Feb 26, 2014
Stealing Moments to Play

Play, like genuine uninhibited laughter, is good for the body, mind, and soul. Kids need it. Crave it. Thrive with it. It engages all 5 of their senses. Free play time is definitely a necessity. Not a luxury to put off for some future unknown date. Unfortunately, kids these days (not so much unlike...

5 Things to Remember About Fever

Jan 29, 2014
5 Things to Remember About Fever

The flu, RSV, colds, Croup, strep throat, ear infections…they all have one thing in common…they can cause fevers. And as any parent can attest to, it’s often the fever itself that freaks us out more than anything and prompts many parents to call their child’s pediatrician or hustle them off to the emergency room....

Working mom: the highs and lows as captured by a 6 year old

Jan 22, 2014
Working mom: the highs and lows as captured by a 6 year old

She does this dance. A genuinely happy, exuberant, twisting, jumping, and twirling dance. And it’s all for me. Her wide, crooked smile greets me as I pull into the garage. It’s dark. I’ve been gone all day. The last time I saw her was early in the morning at kindergarten drop-off. We exchanged “kissing...

For the sake of sleep: 2 things to do today

Dec 11, 2013
For the sake of sleep: 2 things to do today

No doubt you’ve heard me say this before, but sleep is really the cornerstone of your child’s health. And unfortunately, kids (and teens in particular) don’t often get the amount they need. Over time this can add up to increased stress, anxiety, meltdowns, poor health, headaches, and a decline in their academic achievement. Sleep...

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