Health Notes

Give Kids a Boost Against the Flu

by Dr. Elizabeth Walenz on November 24, 2015

flu/sick childI 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.


Flu shots are probably the immunization where I get the most questions in my Methodist Physicians Clinic Regency pediatric office.

Are they necessary? Will my child get sick from the shot?

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Hungry at Home

by Dr. Elizabeth Walenz on November 10, 2015

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 one in which access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money or other resources. More than 15 million children in the U.S., 21 percent of the nation’s children, live in a home that knows hunger.

Being hungry in childhood can have negative effects on health:

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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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Please… Just One More Story?

September 22, 2015
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At the end of a long day as I am putting my kids to bed, our bedtime routine includes a story. But on some nights, there’s a request for “Just one more.” And yes, it’s granted. Recent studies over the last year about the impact of reading on the developing brain are telling us more […]

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Teaching Your Kids to “Just Say No”

September 8, 2015
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It’s everywhere you look. The grocery store, television commercials, movies, magazines… alcohol is present and our kids are aware. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published studies this week showing one of the most important influences for kids and their decision whether to drink or not is the parent. Studies show when teens are considering […]

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Eat your Wheaties! Eating for Optimal Performance

August 25, 2015
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Fall sports have started. (That means soccer season at our house.) And I’ve had some questions in the office from some of my teen patients about certain sports supplements. But are supplements safe for young athletes?  What should kids eat for optimal performance? My answer: “A healthy balanced diet.” Kids with nutrition that’s not up […]

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5 Ways to Add Variety and Nutrition to the School Lunchbox

August 18, 2015
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Whitney Wright’s children, Aydin, kindergarten, and Adey, second grade Whew! Many of us have “survived” the beginning of the school year. This year I have a kindergartener and a second grader and will pack two lunches each morning. Thankfully, both of my boys like to keep it simple: turkey sandwich, carrots, yogurt and fruit for […]

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From A to Zzzzzz: Getting on a Back-to-School Sleep Schedule

August 11, 2015
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Are you ready for school? It seems like summer has just begun and already school is getting back in session. Yikes! Summer time often means late summer nights, vacations, campfires, fireflies and s’mores. The first day of school can be an early wakeup call for many school children. How can we prepare our kids for […]

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Back-to-School Mealtime Survival Guide

August 6, 2015
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School starts for my two boys in just a matter of days. We have been busy getting ready by purchasing school supplies and new tennis shoes, and getting in our last trips to the pool. But the beginning of the school year also means getting back on school schedules – crazy evenings filled with activities […]

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