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/


Does the flu vaccine give you the flu?

Oct 9, 2014
Does the flu vaccine give you the flu?

It’s a refrain I hear often this time of year. No, I won’t get the flu shot/vaccine. It gives me the flu. Or I’m worried about getting the flu vaccine. I heard it could give you the flu. I’d rather just take my chances. I cannot afford to miss school/work. Here’s why you might...

Spanking: A Child’s Perspective

Sep 24, 2014
Spanking: A Child’s Perspective

We were on vacation, walking along the pier, and I’m not quite sure how we landed on the topic but there we were; my 6 year old daughter and I, hand in hand, talking about spanking. She may have seen a mother swat a toddler’s bottom. I’m not sure. She didn’t say. But she...

For a Healthy School Year, Focus on These

Aug 28, 2014
For a Healthy School Year, Focus on These

Summer, it seems, has passed by in a flash and here we are…back to school. The morning rush is on. Kids are scrambling out the door, forgetting lunch boxes and homework on countertops everywhere. And though we may welcome the routine and earlier bedtimes, back to school can also mean an uptick in illnesses and...

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...

Stay connected to Sacramento Connect

Follow Sacramento Connect on Twitter  Find Sacramento Connect on Facebook  Sign up for the Sacramento Connect Newsletter

Advertisement

Categories

Advertisement



Newest Partners