Mary Elizabeth Capps, M.D.'s Articles

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Capps Pediatric MedicineDr. Capps joined Triangle Pediatrics in 2008. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history at Vanderbilt University and received her medical degree from the University of Florida. She returned to Vanderbilt to complete her pediatric residency. While training in Nashville, she met and married her husband, Michael Capps, an internal medicine and pediatric physician in private practice in Cary. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a Diplomate of American Board of Pediatrics and a member of both the North Carolina Medical Society and the North Carolina Pediatric Society.

Guidelines for Achieving & Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Parents of newborns quickly learn that measurement of their baby’s weight and length is an important part of each doctor visit. That’s because a child’s measurements tell us a lot about their general health. This is true for older children and adolescents as well. A weight that is appropriate for your child’s height and age remains an important indicator of overall health.

Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies are usually referred to as allergic rhinitis by physicians. Patients typically complain of sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion. These are often accompanied by itching of the eyes, nose, inner ear or palate and post-nasal drip. Many patients also have eye symptoms including itchy, burning, tearing eyes. For some patients, allergic rhinitis causes problems breathing through their noses and leads to poor quality of sleep, irritability or fatigue. 

Understanding Cholesterol and Other Lipid Tests

Most of us think of cholesterol problems as an adult issue. However, for a number of reasons, cholesterol can be a health problem for kids as well. As more and more kids struggle with the challenges of being overweight or even obese, doctors have noticed that some of these kids have high cholesterol levels. There are also children who have inherited a tendency to slightly elevated cholesterol levels and rarely children have inherited diseases that cause very high cholesterol levels. For this reason, in 2011 the United States Preventive Services Task Force together with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommended...

Vegetarian Diets

More and more Americans are choosing to follow vegetarian diets. For most families, a decision to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle can lead to a beneficially increased intake of fruits and vegetables. That’s wonderful news! While vegetarian diets can be made safe at any age, young children and adolescents need to be particularly careful to consume all the needed nutrients for rapid growth. In this article, I will examine the most common types of vegetarian diets and the potential risks of each. I hope this will help guide you to making sound nutritional choices for your family.

Healthy Eating for Kids

We all know that good nutrition is important but how do we get our kids to eat healthfully? Meal time battles are unpleasant for everyone and ultimately do not lead to healthy eating habits. By making mealtimes an enjoyable family event, you will be promoting a healthy attitude towards food and avoiding overeating and other eating disorders. Here are some suggestions to help you get started!

Dental Health

The different stages of dental development mark meaningful milestones of childhood. As children experience teething, the natural loss of baby teeth and the emergence of permanent adult teeth, parents and pediatricians have important roles to play promoting dental health. Together with your child’s dentist, I want to help you learn how to care for your child’s teeth at each stage.


Just in time for the holidays, it’s flu season again. Influenza is a common illness every winter, infecting 5% to 20% of our population depending on the year. That makes it one of the most important public health issues affecting Americans. Many people have questions about influenza. Read on for answers to some of the most common questions asked by our patients.


At this time of year, illness can develop quickly. One minute, your child is running and playing and the next moment, her cheeks are flushed and she is sitting in a listless slump due to a fever. Fevers cause a great deal of anxiety for parents and can make children feel awful. However, a fever is usually no cause for significant alarm. Learn more about them here.

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