Entries by TFC Team

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My Child Wants

Hylton I Lightman MD DCH(SA) FAAP Things must have shifted in society-at-large and my pediatric office is a small microcosm where a different phenomenon is emerging. Allow me to explain. Pediatricians are, for the most part, warm, friendly, kids-centric people. Not every child wants to come to the pediatrician’s office. That’s normal, also for the […]

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Teens and Sleep

Hylton I Lightman, MD, DCH (SA), FAAP Sleep is important for our teenagers.  Sleep is food for the brain. During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur.  Yet so many teens are sleep deprived. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that 85% of teens sleep less than the minimum 8-1/2 hours needed nightly.  The National […]


The White Coat

Hylton I Lightman MD DCH (SA) FAAP Symbols.  The ancient world had symbols for fertility, wealth, birth and death.  Today’s world is replete with them.  The blue-and-white wheelchair occupied by a stick figure.  The red circle with a line imposed over a black-lit cigarette.  The peace sign.  The list is endless. The power of symbols […]

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Hylton I Lightman, MD, DCH (SA), FAAP Yesterday’s tragic school shooting in Santa Clarita, California, brings into 20/20 focus that this can be an unsafe world. No wonder why anxiety abounds among children today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the community. May our collective efforts help to assure a wonderful, […]

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Hylton I Lightman MD DCH(SA) FAAP My colleagues will concur – Overusing antibiotics must be avoided.  This article was published on November 7, 2019. The November 14th edition of the Wall Street Journal’s article on superbugs echoed some of the points.  I am pleased to share both with you.   According to the Centers for Disease […]