Susan C. Kim MD


Physical Growth in Newborns

In the first month, your doctor will pay close attention to your baby’s increasing weight, length, and head circumference, which is measured around the largest point of the head, usually starting at a point on the forehead. The average birth weight for babies is around 7.5 lb (3.5 kg), although between 5.5 lb (2.5 kg)…

Learning Disabilities

What are learning disabilities? Learning disabilities make it hard for your child to learn in certain areas. Your child may have trouble with listening, speaking, reading, writing, spelling, or doing math. One example of a learning disability is dyslexia. A child with dyslexia has a hard time reading, writing, and…

Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a common learning disability that hinders the development of reading skills. It impairs a person’s ability to translate the sounds within words (phonemes) in the correct sequence, and this causes reading to be slow and inaccurate. Dyslexia makes it hard to read, write, and spell. It also affects memory of…

Body Temperature

Body temperature is a measure of your body’s ability to make and get rid of heat. The body is very good at keeping its temperature within a safe range, even when temperatures outside the body change a lot. When you are too hot, the blood vessels in your skin widen to carry the excess heat to your skin’s surface. You may…

Rectal Temperature

A rectal thermometer is the most accurate way to take a temperature. To take a rectal temperature: Apply a lubricant jelly or petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, on the bulb of the thermometer, so that you can insert it easily. Choose a quiet place so that the child won’t be distracted or move around too much. When…