Health Notes

Are Your Kids Safe Online? It’s Up to You…

by Dr. Elizabeth Walenz on July 22, 2014

This year with my junior high and high school physicals, I have some new questions in my arsenal for my preteens and teens. Are you on social media? What are you posting? To parents, do you monitor your child online?

This past week, we had a great “Lunch and Learn” with one of the psychologists who sees patients at our clinic. It was about social media.

Her advice is to arm kids with the proper education starting as early as grade school with cell phones and internet safety.  She suggested as early as 3rd or 4th grade to introduce our kids to a cell phone, a flip phone specifically, they can use to call home, mom or dad. She suggested the phone be programmed to block other incoming and outgoing calls.

In middle school, kids can be upgraded to a phone that can text or a smart phone with limits.  Parents should periodically check in on texting to see what kids are sending. With a cell phone and social media comes quite a bit of responsibility. It is our job as parents to teach kids internet safety.

Here’s a quick checklist of just some of those safety items parents need to communicate:

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When Summer Brings the Heat, Bring the H2O

by Whitney Wright, MS, RD, LMNT, CNSC on July 14, 2014

Hydration is a serious issue to consider during these hot summer months. Many children don’t like to drink water and don’t always drink enough fluids when they are thirsty or playing outside. Children’s bodies also do not adapt to hot temperatures as well as adult bodies do which makes keeping their bodies adequately hydrated that much more important, especially when temperatures are greater then 95 degrees outside.

Dehydration of 3 percent or more of a child’s body weight increases their risk of developing a heat related illness. So you might be asking, “how much fluid should my child consume on hot summer days to prevent this AND how do I get them to do it?”

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Teaching the Two-Wheeled Rules of the Road

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Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike. Pushing the pedals… breeze in your face… the ground moving quickly beneath your wheels. There is nothing like riding a bike. As a parent, teaching your child to ride a bike truly is a proud moment. You run with them down the street as they […]

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Healthy and Festive Fourth of July Food Fun

July 1, 2014
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Fireworks, fireflies, food and fun, the Fourth of July is a festive day for families! Along with the traditional hot dogs, burgers and corn on the cob, here are some additional ideas for kid-approved snacks, side dishes and suggestions for a nutritious day. The kids will no doubt be awake by 7 a.m., wanting to […]

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To Keep Kids Safe, ASK

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It can be an uncomfortable question, but it is an important one for all parents to ASK. ASK stands for Asking Saves Kids. ASK Day is June 21. Nearly 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun. Nine children and teens are shot each day in gun accidents. Nearly 90 percent […]

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Importance of Family Meal Time and How to “Make it Work”

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The busiest part of the day for parents seems to always be the end of the day.  Rushing to pick up kids, trying to get them home, into the house, eat something and make it to evening activities can feel like the “real work” of the day. So how do family meals fit into our […]

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Splash Safely: What Parent Needs to Know to Prevent Drowning

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It’s summer in Omaha. There is nothing like jumping into a cool, blue pool on a day where the sun is beating down and the temperature is climbing to 105. But while relaxing poolside is refreshing, we can’t afford to not keep an eye on our kids. Drowning is the second leading cause of death […]

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Man of Steel (Or Iron)

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This week, my almost-three year old had a splinter. Not just any splinter, a fairly large splinter in the sole of his foot surrounded by a pocket of infection… and he was just walking around on it.  My husband and 10-year-old son sat in awe as I drained the infection and fished the splinter out […]

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Mom, the Sibling Rivalry Referee

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MOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!! Wouldn’t it be great if the above was a beautiful soft celebration this past Sunday for Mother’s Day from my three cherubic children? Unfortunately, despite it being Mother’s Day, the cry of “Mooooooooommmm!” accompanied by tears and tattles, followed me throughout the day. It should be said that if you have a sibling, there […]

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Diagnosis Autism: What Every Parent Should Know

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Autism can be a frightening illness for new parents… one we are still learning a lot about. In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, let’s talk about what we do know. The numbers of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders have been increasing in frequency over the last few years, not because it is becoming more […]

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