Todd Harris, M.D.

Houston: What Can I Do?

Written by Todd Harris, M.D.

Hurricane Harvey

August 29, 2017 – Many times we see images like the ones coming from Houston – the sights are overwhelming – you want to help but… what can I do?

Three things your pediatrician would like to share on this topic:

  1. How can I help? Someone really did their homework compiling this broad list of ways to help the people of Houston.
  2. What do I tell my kids? Here is a link from the American Academy of Pediatrics that offers suggestions about how to talk to children about disasters.
  3. How can my family be better prepared? Last summer we compiled this list of parent resources regarding disaster preparedness.




Todd Harris, M.D.

World Read Aloud Day 2017

Written by Todd Harris, M.D.

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February 16, 2017 – “What can I do to help my child’s development?”

As pediatricians, we get asked this question about everyday.

Aside from the obvious – the things I categorize as “the stuff that comes naturally” – like providing appropriate shelter, nutrition and attention for your child – there is one thing that has shown to have a tremendous developmental upside. 

It is not ‘the latest thing’ – the answer does not involve anything electronic. It doesn’t need to be plugged in or charged. It requires no data plan.

The thing that can have a most profound affect is reading out loud to your child.

Technological advancement has not been able to duplicate the the incredibly positive impact of reading to your child.

It is never too early or too late to get started as long as you do it today.
Today is World Read Aloud Day – one of those few days without its own Hallmark card – a day that exists to promote awareness that giving our children all the advantages is within our grasp.

So long as that grasp is used to take hold of a book, open it, and read aloud.

For more details about World Read Aloud Day, check out the LitWorld website.



Todd Harris, M.D.


WakeMed presents a popular and practical program about puberty for pre-teens and their parents (try saying that 5 times fast).

There are separate programs for girls (“Girlology”) and boys (“Guyology”).

Here is a better description from WakeMed’s website about the “Girlology” program (NOTE: “Guyology” will also be offered):

 “When girls learn about puberty before it happens, they face it with greater confidence and even excitement.  This is the perfect time to start healthy, factual conversations.  Join us for this physician-led, mother-daughter program where we will discuss growth & development, bras & bra shopping, hygiene & hair management, nutrition, menstruation, feminine care products, moods and emotions and respect for self & others.”

The presentation is known for being both engaging and factually accurate. Spots fill pretty quickly, so be sure to pre-resgister soon.

As noted in the flyer above, here are details:

  • Wednesday, October 5th
  • 6-8pm
  • Andrews Center (located at WakeMed’s Raleigh campus on New Bern Avenue)
  • You must pre-register here on WakeMed’s website
  • Cost is $20 per pair (parent / parent-substitute and child)


Todd Harris, M.D.

November 9, 2015 – Fitting this gets posted late.

As a matter of fact, take our brief poll (yes – just one “yes-no” question) even if you don’t check out what Dr. Cananapari has to say about helping your family getting a good night’s sleep:

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Jamila Fletcher, M.D.

2 Charleston Girls

September 21, 2015No, not really…

I see this a lot in the office – a parent hands a smartphone to a toddler – and I get why it happens – when it comes to keeping a young child ‘settled’ –  it really works in that moment…

But, the American Academy of Pediatrics points to some legitimate concerns about the impact of “screentime” beyond that moment for a young child.

Todd Harris, M.D.

Watch the Screen Time (Pun Intended)

Written by Todd Harris, M.D.

Old TV Screens

September 9, 2015 – Screens are everywhere.

I don’t think anyone is too surprised when findings prove that too much screen time is a problem for our children.

It seems that the growing and developing infant brain can find no substitute for real and personal HUMAN interaction as well as acting on the physical environment with imaginative play.

TVs, computers, tablets, game systems, etc. all seem to take the place of activities that are proving more and more to be essential for healthy development.

This is an interesting post on the topic that ran this summer in the NY Times:

Screens Taking a Toll