Health Notes

The ABCs of RSV

by Dr. Elizabeth Walenz on January 9, 2017

There are three letters in January that can be scary for new parents of an infant – RSV.

RSV stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. Why is it so scary? RSV and many other respiratory viruses can cause bronchiolitis, a respiratory illness that can cause difficulty breathing for children under the age of two. The infection plugs up the smaller airways with mucus, making it hard to get air in.

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Four Pieces of Advice Parents of Newborns Need NOW

by Dr. Matt Gibson on December 27, 2016

Any parent in the throes of caring for a newborn will say there’s no way they will forget how difficult it is. For as cute as they are, newborns don’t usually know how to eat, sleep, poop, or even pretend to give their family any semblance of normalcy. Yet, as time goes by, they learn to do more and more and you get into a routine and slowly forget just what life was like when they were so new.

A few months ago, my family and I were lucky enough to welcome another child into the mix. Like many other parents I thought: Hey, I’ve done this before. The second time around will be cake.

Yeah, right.

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How Dangerous is Vaping?

December 13, 2016
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This month, the FDA is working to regulate electronic cigarettes… and with good reason. Today, one in four teens are using these products to vape. The new rule gives the FDA authority to regulate all tobacco products including e-cigarettes, hookahs, cigars and pipe tobacco. The rule should help to prevent youth from initiating tobacco use. […]

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New Guidelines Hope to Save Babies from SIDS

November 22, 2016
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There are new guidelines every new parent should know about when it comes to keeping their infants safe from sudden infant death syndrome(SIDS). Currently, more than 3,500 infants die each year from sleep-related infant deaths, including SIDS. And while those numbers are alarming, they aren’t climbing, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) wants to […]

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What Every Kid – and Every Parent – Needs to Know about Screen Time

November 8, 2016
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Media is everywhere around us – television, iPad, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, OnDemand – and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. What we need to determine is how we are going to parent with it. We are gaining connectivity, but losing physical connectedness to each other. That’s the reason behind new recommendations from the American Academy […]

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Top Ten Ways to Keep Kids Safe this Halloween

October 25, 2016
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In my house over the past three weeks, my four-year old has excitedly and sternly informed me of exactly what he’s going to be for Halloween this year. Not unsurprisingly, it has been a different costume each week. First, before it was even October, my son declared he was going to be a walrus, “with […]

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An Open Letter to My Young Patients: Yes, You Need a Shot

October 11, 2016
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Dear patients, I am sorry. I know at your kindergarten check-up we talked about the next time you would need a shot would be going into 7th grade. But, the flu mist is gone. It didn’t work. You are going to have to get a shot. The flu shot.

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Parent Panic Mode: The Top 6 Questions Every Parent Has About Febrile Seizures

September 27, 2016
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Watching a child have a seizure is a terrifying event for any parent. But when that seizure is accompanied by a fever, parents should be rest assured that seizure isn’t necessarily an indicator of a serious problem in their child. A febrile seizure is one that happens to a child who has a fever and […]

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Avoid the Chocolate Fever

September 13, 2016
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Just in time for Halloween in October, the American Heart Association (AHA) has made recommendations for how much sugar children between the ages of 2-18 should consume each day. I remember a conversation about 10 years ago with another group of parents. We were out to dinner downtown with our toddlers, which is an adventure […]

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Expanding Minds through Reading

August 23, 2016
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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 […]

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