Health Notes

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

by Dr. Elizabeth Walenz on October 11, 2016

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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sick child feverWatching 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 is between six months and six years of age. There are two types of febrile seizure:

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

August 1, 2016
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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 […]

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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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