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...

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...

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...

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...

The Summer Slide?

Jul 2, 2014
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,...

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...

Hand Foot Mouth Disease

May 22, 2014
Hand Foot Mouth Disease

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...

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