Health Notes

Expanding Minds through Reading

by Katina Granger on August 23, 2016

As kids begin yet another year back at school, many parents are searching for ways to expand their children’s minds and enhance their education experience. What some don’t know is that opening a child’s mind can be as easy as opening a book.

There is no shortage on research that shows the benefits of reading to children.

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Rude Awakening: The Dreaded Back-to-School Sleep Schedule

by Dr. Elizabeth Walenz on August 1, 2016

It’s August 1, which means school will be back in session before you know it.

The days of summer are long. This summer, many of my young patients are going to bed later, waking up around 10, and having brunch rather than breakfast. That’s why now is a good time to start getting back on track with our school sleep regimens.

Kids who are regularly sleeping fewer than the number of recommended hours have higher incidence of attention, behavior and learning problems. Not sleeping well or enough can also increase the risk of accidents, injuries as well as medical problems including obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. That’s why in June, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Academy of Sleep Medicine came out with new recommendations for pediatric sleep times.

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Summer Boredom Strike? Focus Kids on Fitness

July 26, 2016
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We are midway through the summer break… just around the time where the days at home are starting to become “booooorrrriiiiinnnnnngggggg.” Time to get the kids out of their ruts and get them re-focused on enjoying time off. The first step is to UNPLUG. Yes, I know, sometimes it is just too hot to be […]

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What You Need to Know about Insect Repellent

July 12, 2016
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Summer’s mosquitoes are out in full force, and all the rain at the beginning of the summer means quite a few of them are buzzing around. With Zika virus cases occurring in the U.S. now, what are the best ways to protect ourselves and our children from bug bites? Insect repellent is a must. The […]

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Is It Okay to Smoke Outside?

June 14, 2016
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We know firsthand smoke is detrimental to the lungs. We know second hand smoke, when a child is directly exposed to cigarette smoke another person is smoking, is also detrimental to the child’s lungs. So, what if the care provider smokes outside, not around the child. Is this safe? According to the Centers for Disease […]

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Baby’s First Food? Maybe Skip the Rice…

May 10, 2016
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There’s an ingredient you probably don’t know about or want in your rice: arsenic. Now the FDA is proposing new limits on just how much is in your baby’s rice cereal. Arsenic can come in two forms: organic and inorganic. The inorganic form of arsenic is more toxic and is a known carcinogen.  As rice […]

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Making Test Day the Best Day Possible

April 19, 2016

‘Tis the season for state testing in the schools, as well as ACT and SAT testing. How can you make sure your child is well prepared and will test to the best of their ability? Rest.  Not just the night before, but the week leading up to the testing, make sure your child, pre-teen or […]

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Raising Kids to Thrive

March 8, 2016
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There are all kinds of parents. Understanding your style and how best to mold your little ones sometimes comes with a little guidance. There are many different styles of parenting: Helicopter parents are very involved with their children, but mostly to protect them from disappointment, failure and conflict. Free range parents give their children autonomy at […]

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Heavy Metal: The Danger of Lead

February 23, 2016
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Flint, Michigan, has been in the news quite a bit recently. A change in the city’s water source led to a massive contamination of lead in the water supply, creating a serious public health danger. The outreach to help people of Flint has been great. Omaha and many volunteer groups within the city have held […]

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Top Six Questions about Colds and What You Need to Know

February 9, 2016
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If you have kids, it’s more than likely the last couple of months have been filled with stuffy or runny noses and even a cough or two. In the first two years of life, most children will experience 8-10 upper respiratory viral infections. It can seem like a constant drip, drip, drip… There will be […]

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