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.

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All About Growing Pains: Dr. Starbuck Explains

May 30, 2018

Hi! I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I’m here today with growing pain health tips.

After a day of playing and running around, have you noticed that your legs are crampy? Maybe in the evening your legs have hurt so bad that it seems you might not be able to sleep.

These are growing pains. They happen in three specific areas: the front of your thighs, behind your knees and in your calves. They start at the end of a day, after lots of activity. They can even wake you up when you are sleeping.

Kids playing in the sand.
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Hi! I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I’m here today with health tips on heat exhaustion.

Temperatures are heating up! When temperatures are in the high 80's, the 90's and even over 100, kids and adults can easily get sick from the heat. But there really is no need to worry. If you take care of yourself with my few simple tips, you can avoid heat exhaustion and enjoy the hot weather.

Boy and cucumbers
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Hi! I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I’m here today with health tips for kids about gardening.

Gardening is an adventure. Turning the soil, dropping seeds into the dirt, watching plants grow and flowers blossom is awe inspiring and amazing. When fruit pops out of branches and onions and carrots come straight out of the dirt, it really is a miracle. Gardening is healthy for kids because when kids see stuff that is really incredible, kids’ brains are activated and their creativity flourishes.

Lip balm.
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Hi! I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I’m here today with tips for kids with chapped lips.

I bet most of the kids listening right now have had chapped lips. It’s when your lips are dry, flaky, rough and cracked. They can bleed and scab.

Eczema on child's hand
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Hi!  I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician.  I’m here today with health tips for kids about: eczema.

Eczema is a pretty funny word, isn’t it?  It’s spelled E-C-Z-E-M-A.  It comes from a Greek word that means ‘something thrown out by heat’.  If you have eczema, you’ll know why.  Eczema is a red, dry, itchy, scaly skin rash and when it’s really bad, it feels like your skin is being boiled from the inside out.

Sweet Potato Sprouting
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Hi!  I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician.  I’m here today with health tips for kids about: sweet potatoes.

The inspiration for this story comes from an organic sweet potato named Steady. When this sweet potato came home from the store, it was just a sweet potato.  It lay on our kitchen counter top for the longest time.  Most days I would look at it and think ‘I should bake that sweet potato tonight’.  But somehow, the time never came.  Finally I named the sweet potato Steady because it just lay there day after day and never changed. Until one day it did. Steady started to sprout.

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

Do you know what your digestive tract is? 

It’s the part of your body that starts at your mouth and ends at your butt.  It’ a great big system that has two major jobs.  The first job, called digestion, is to take your food and turn it nutrition and energy.  The second job is to get rid of food we don’t need, and we do that by pooping.

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

Ahhh choo!  Ahhh choo!

Everybody knows about sneezing because everybody does it!  Sneezing is blasting air out of your nose like a great big explosion.  Scientists have measured the speed of air in a sneeze.  In some people air comes out at 100 miles an hour!

Wrapping a sprained join in an elastic bandage can help compress the swelling.
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Hi!  I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician.  I’m here today with health tips on sprains.

Do you ever wonder why your parents and other adults tell you “no running’” when you’re just about to dash down a flight of stairs or speed through the aisles of a grocery store?  “No running” they call out right when you’re ready to race down the sidewalk.

A Rocky Mountain wood tick waiting to grab onto a passing animal.
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Hi! I’m Dr. Jamison Starbuck, a naturopathic family physician. I’m here today with health tips on ticks.

Eew, creepy. Ticks! It’s tick season in Montana. They’re hanging around in tall grasses in the woods and fields. Because ticks can bite us, it’s good to learn a few things about them in order to stay healthy.

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