Montana Public Radio

Dr. Starbuck's Health Tips for Kids

Saturdays 8:50 a.m.
  • Local Host Dr. Jamison Starbuck

Dr. Starbuck’s Health Tips for  Kids teaches children about the human body, common health issues, and simple ways to stay healthy. This program offers a fun way to educate and empower children.

Using language easily understood by children, Dr. Jamison Starbuck explains how different parts of the body function.  She also discusses individual health complaints and common illnesses kids might experience, and describes ways to treat everyday ailments with safe, simple, effective natural remedies.

Dr. Starbuck, a licensed naturopathic family physician and an attorney, presents information in a thoughtful and careful way. She also cautions listeners to discuss any health issue or treatment plan with their parents/guardians before using any remedies discussed in the program.

This program helps children understand their bodies and choices – including those about food, exercise, sleep, and communication – that will affect their health for the rest of their lives.  Dr. Starbuck’s Health Tips for Kids also helps children interact more effectively with their own doctor using language and knowledge they’ve learned.

Listen Saturday mornings during the Children's Corner. Or online anytime.

Ways to Connect

Blister on a little toe
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Hi! I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I’m here today with health tips for kids about blisters.

Icons of a parent and child on a sign that says "No idling. Children breathing."
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Hi, I'm Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I'm here today with health tips for kids about idling and clean air.

We humans spend a lot of time on the move, busily doing activities which sadly can result in polluting the air. Even in Montana where we don't have giant cities and big industry, we have lots of air pollution.

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The other day, I was in a very busy, crowded restaurant. While waiting for my food, and looking at all the kids, grandparents, tiny babies and grown-ups who were swarming the place, I saw a boy, totally involved in picking his nose. I couldn’t bring myself to watch what he did with whatever he got out, but his picking did make me start thinking about the coronavirus, a germ which is spreading around the world. 

Putting sunscreen on a child's nose.
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Have you ever been sunburned? It hurts, doesn’t it? Your skin gets a tender, scratchy, crinkly feeling. Anything that touches hurts, even a sheet or a t shirt.

Sunburn is an injury, not a disease. It’s not like the flu or a sore throat and it’s different than a burn from touching something hot. No sunburn is a slow overcooking of your skin.

No, you can't get warts from touching toads. Dr. Starbuck explains myths and facts about warts.
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Hi! I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I’m here today with health tips for kids about: warts!

You probably know what warts are – round, fleshy, bumpy lumps on your hands or knees or feet or fingers. They’re not dangerous and they don’t hurt, but most people don’t like them because we don’t like how they look.

Even horses cough!
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Hi! I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I’m here today with health tips for kids about coughing.

Cough-cough-cough.

Some diseases are contagious.
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Hi! I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I’m here today with health tips for kids about being contagious.

Whenever kids are sick, the first thing that other people, like teachers or parents or even your friends, want to know is ‘are you contagious?’ That means they’re wondering if they might catch what you have.

Happy New Year
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It’s almost New Year’s Eve which means people all over the world are thinking about resolutions. It’s a perfect time for us to talk about them.

What is a resolution? And what do they have to do with New Year’s Eve?

Winter Solstice and your health
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Hi! I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I’m here today with health tips for kids about: the winter solstice.

On the winter solstice, which is coming right up on December 21, the day is the shortest and the night is the longest of the whole year. This happens because on the solstice, the northern hemisphere of earth is tilted as far away from the sun as it ever goes. This not only makes the days short, it also makes the sun rise and set far south in our horizon.

Dyslexia
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Hi! I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I’m here today with health tips for kids about: dyslexia.

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