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/


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...

Help for coughs, colds, and sore throats

Nov 19, 2013
Help for coughs, colds, and sore throats

Well it’s officially here, we are in the midst of cold and flu season. And with that; sore throats, stuffy noses, and coughs are a plenty. The thing about most of these ailments is that they are primarily caused by viruses (versus bacteria) so antibiotics just don’t help. So while there’s simply no quick...

You don’t need a costume to be a superhero

Oct 31, 2013
You don’t need a costume to be a superhero

Dear Parents, Your child thinks the world of you. Yes, you. You are it. The best. The funniest. The smartest. A real life hero. Sure you may not feel exactly like the superhero type when you’re hustling everyone out the door during the morning rush. Do superheroes really have to say everything at least...

Not My Teen: What parents need to know about cough medicine abuse

Sep 30, 2013
Not My Teen: What parents need to know about cough medicine abuse

No parent wants to believe that their teenager would willingly consume up to 25 times the recommended dose of an over-the-counter cough medicine in order to get high. But the unfortunate reality is that 1 in 20 teens will abuse excessive amounts of dextromethorphan (DXM), the effective ingredient (cough suppressant) found in many OTC...

What children can teach us about death

Sep 25, 2013
What children can teach us about death

I had no idea where she went. I thought she didn't want to hear anymore of my fore-warnings or failed attempts to make it all okay. My husband and I had been prepping her for weeks…any day now, honey. Pinkie's not looking so good. Somehow, on that night, at 5 years old, she knew....

How to know if your child has a cold or allergies

Sep 10, 2013
How to know if your child has a cold or allergies

So it didn’t take long for those back-to-school bugs to take hold. Sore throats, runny noses, and goopy eyes abound now in classrooms and pediatric offices everywhere. And now, more than ever, with Fall waiting in the wings…many parents find themselves asking: Is this a cold or does my child have seasonal allergies? Admittedly,...



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