Health Notes

Have a Fireplace? Four Things Parents Need to Know

by Dr. Elizabeth Walenz on January 27, 2015

Preventing Fireplace BurnsIt’s January in Omaha. One of the longest months is almost over. On those blustery cold days, it’s lovely to come home to a nice warm fire in the fireplace.

Fireplaces are great in the winter time, but can pose a risk to young children and toddlers. The flames of the fire are colorful, warm and enticing to young hands.

It is important to keep kids away from the fireplace and to ensure you have safety measures in place. When my kids were toddlers, many times we wouldn’t light a fire until they were tucked safely into their beds.

Many homes now have gas fireplaces instead of the traditional wood burning ones. They can reach a temperature of 1328 degrees Fahrenheit! Talk about hot! The most common injury we see related to gas burning fireplaces are burns from the glass encasing it.

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Good Nutrition while Cooking on Slow

by Whitney Wright, MS, RD, LMNT, CNSC on January 21, 2015

Nutritious crock pot recipes for the whole familyWhile it was fun, it’s kind of nice the holiday hustle and bustle is over. School is back in session (thank goodness), and we can start winding down to a more mellow daily routine. The days are still chilly and it’s still dark by the time dinner rolls around. There is nothing better than coming home to dinner already made in the slow cooker!

That’s why this blog installment is all about the recipes! I wanted to share my “top 5” crock -pot recipes with you, which my kids actually eat. The first four out of the five are lower fat, more “nutrient dense” recipes. The last one is more of an occasional monthly item, but it all fits.

As I have said before, there are no good or bad foods, no “never” or “always.” What is important is having fun with cooking high quality, high nutritional value foods most of the time (75-80 percent), but also enjoying all culinary delights.

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What to Do When Your Child has the Flu

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When your child utters the words, “My tummy hurts!” it puts any parent on high alert. “Do you feel like you need to use the bathroom? Or… “Are you going to throw up???” Two weeks ago, we were driving home from school when my daughter uttered the dreaded phrase from the back of the car. […]

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13 (Last Minute) Christmas Ideas for Your Developing Child

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In a few short days, it will be Christmas morning. The wrapping paper will fly. Gifts will be exchanged. It is easy to go overboard in the toy department for kids. What is the best way to make sure the toys you are buying for your child, grandchild, niece or nephew are age appropriate as […]

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Avoiding the Sugar Rush During this Season of Sweets

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Tis’ the season to be jolly and eat a lot of sugar!!! Sugar is a carbohydrate and our bodies need 50-60 percent of our daily calories from carbohydrates to provide energy and proper brain functioning for kids and adults alike. There are two main types of carbohydrates: simple and complex. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate, […]

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What Every Parent Needs to Know for Kids Cough and Cold

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Thanksgiving night, the dishes were done. I went to put my feet up… then I heard it. “Cough, cough, cough.” I held my breath thinking maybe that was it. “Cough, cough, cough.” By 1 a.m., my three year old son was croupy. He was coughing, exhausted and trying to sleep through it. The cough was […]

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“And visions of sugarplums danced in their heads…”  Sleep Training for Success

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The winter cold is here. It is time to tuck our sweet little ones into bed as the snow falls softly outside and sneak quietly out of their room…. “Waaaaah!!!” Shoot. Sleep training for babies can be tough. The task can be daunting, especially if a parent is working and sleep deprived. In the very […]

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Finding a Food Balance through the Holidays

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I’m not sure how much I like the word “balance” anymore. By definition it means different elements are equal or in the correct proportions. This sounds like a perfect description of how to approach food – balance certain foods with others that are better for our kids and us. So how does it get confusing […]

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Eight Things You Can Do to Help Your Child’s Stutter

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My 3-year-old stutters. It is not all of the time, but it can be enough that other people notice. One of my older son’s friends asked me the other day, “Why does he talk like that?” My answer: Sometimes his mind works faster than his mouth, and it takes a while for his ideas to […]

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Should My Child Play Select Sports?

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If you have a grade school child who plays sports, usually around 4th, 5th or 6th grades it’s a question you may consider: Should I sign my child up for a recreational league or should he/she play select? My kids play sports. I think their athletic performance far outshines anything I did in grade school. […]

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