Entries by TFC Team

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The Blessing of Uncertainty

Hylton I Lightman, MD, DCH, FAAP   Uncertainty Noun The state of being uncertain Something that is uncertain or causes one to feel uncertain   Uncertainty is part of life and it most certainly sums up the last five months of life in this world.  Covid-19 barreled into our lives, turning almost everything upside down […]

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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 […]