Health Notes

Top Six Questions about Colds and What You Need to Know

by Dr. Elizabeth Walenz on February 9, 2016

9-23-14 SnifflesIf 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 periods where your child will appear better and you think “finally!”… and then it will start all over again.

Before you give up hope and pack up for the doctor, there are things you should know. Most colds or upper respiratory infections can (and should) be treated at home.

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What Should I Do About Baby’s Flat Head?

by Dr. Elizabeth Walenz on January 26, 2016

In the first few months of life, we can start to notice flat spots developing on a baby’s head. This is called positional plagiocephaly, or flattening of the skull related to position.

We’ve seen it more and more over the last few years with the onset of the Back to Sleep campaign. We know babies should sleep on their backs to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), however some babies prefer to always lie on one side of their head. This can develop into flat spots on the skull.

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Success for the Second Semester

January 12, 2016
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Second semester has begun. It is a new year and can be a new outlook on school for kids with new goals. For some children with ADHD, school can be even more of a challenge. There are medications for ADHD to help with focus; however medication alone is not the answer. A child/teen has to […]

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(Grand)Parenting for the Next Generation

January 8, 2016
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Today’s grandparents are so much more than “nana and papa.” Whether acting as full-time babysitters or primary caregivers, many are playing a bigger role in their grandchildren’s lives. While raising children the “second time around” can be rewarding, it can also be a challenge. The game has changed from the way parents reared their children […]

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What’s New on the Field: Concussion Safety

December 22, 2015
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It’s December, but sign up for spring sports has already begun. Before you sign the dotted line, there are things you should know about keeping your kid safe from concussions. The movie “Concussion” starring Will Smith opens this holiday season. The movie is about a forensic pathologist who discovers chronic traumatic encephalopathy or brain injury […]

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Dr. Google: Smart Searching on the World Wide Web

December 8, 2015
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We have all done it. Whenever we need an answer, the first move is to “Just Google it.” My oldest son asked me, “When did Nebraska last win a championship game?” “Why don’t you Google it?” Unfortunately, we can run into trouble with Google. Google pulls up the most popular answers, and they’re not always […]

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Give Kids a Boost Against the Flu

November 24, 2015
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I read in the paper this week that the app driven transport service Uber is providing flu shots to customers in big cities across the United States for $10. App users can order flu shots to be delivered to them. A nurse travels with the Uber and administers the immunization. Genius. Flu shots are probably […]

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Hungry at Home

November 10, 2015
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You may hear a few new questions at your next well child check – questions about food and hunger. Last month, the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a challenge to all pediatricians and physicians who care for children: Talk to patients and parents about food insecurity. The USDA defines a food insecure household as […]

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Keeping Your Spooks Safe This Halloween

October 27, 2015
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Halloween is upon us. It is a Saturday night this year. What is the best way to keep our kids safe and still have fun trick-or-treating? In 2013, there were an estimated 41.2 million trick-or-treaters in the U.S. ranging from age five to 14. That is a lot of Kit-Kat bars. As kids get into […]

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Three Things Your Newborn Needs

October 13, 2015
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This is it. The time has come. You are in labor. You are soon to meet your new bundle of joy. All of a sudden, the nurse comes in with questions: “Who is your doctor?” “Who is the doctor for the baby?” “Will you sign for Vitamin K and the hepatitis B injection?” Huh? The […]

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