Health Notes

How Loud is Too Loud?

by Dr. Elizabeth Walenz on April 14, 2015

Whether it’s Beats headphones or ear buds, most teens are connected to their iPhones, iPads or MP3 players many afternoons and evenings. Have you ever been concerned about the volume?

Seventy-five percent of kids ages 8 and under have access to a smart mobile device at home. That’s up from 52 percent in 2011. They may be listening to music, playing a video game or watching a movie. But how loud is too loud when it comes to tuning in to these devices? When can ear injury or hearing loss occur?

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The Road Trip Blues (and Greens)

by Dr. Elizabeth Walenz on March 24, 2015

The weather is getting warmer. Soon your family may pack up the car to travel for spring or Easter break. So what should you do if your backseat passengers begin to turn a shade of green?

Motion sickness is not uncommon, especially for those kids traveling in the back seat. It occurs in about 25 percent of children.

Kids with motion sickness generally start to feel dizzy and nauseated while riding in a car, boat, train, airplane or roller coaster. It occurs when the brain receives mixed messages from our motion-sensing parts of the body: the inner ear, eyes and nerves in the arms and legs. Normally, all three areas respond to any motion. If the brain gets mixed signals, a child can feel sick. For example, if a child sits low in the backseat of the car, her inner ear senses movement, however, her eyes and nerves do not. That’s when a mixed message is sent to her brain and she can begin to feel sick.

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All About Baby Food

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It’s very exciting (and sometimes bittersweet) when your baby is ready to start eating baby foods. It can also be confusing. I remember very well the first time I shopped for baby food and how overwhelmed I felt with the choices.  I did, however, have a lot of fun buying cute baby bowls and spoons! […]

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Does My Child Have a Food Allergy?

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Last month, new studies came out regarding timing of introduction of peanuts and developing a peanut allergy. Over the past seven years, the way we introduce peanuts to infants has really changed. Fifteen years ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended delaying the introduction of highly allergenic foods, eggs, peanuts and fish, until closer […]

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Giving Up the Nap

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I was hauling laundry past the television last week, calling to my kids to brush their teeth, when I passed by Savannah Guthrie introducing a segment titled, “Do Toddlers Really Need a Nap?” “What?” As a mother of three, the youngest 3 ½, there are times I, as a parent, needed my toddler to nap.  […]

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Nourishment for Sick Days

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Is it feed a cold and starve a fever, or feed a fever and starve a cold? Either way, the flu season has been rough this year! I am sure many of you have had sick kiddos home at least once this season. At my house, even when they are sick they are still very […]

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Some Babies Born Without a Healthy Heart

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This is the week of Valentine’s Day. Kids across Omaha will be folding up and decorating paper hearts and Valentine’s boxes. This is also another kind of heart week: February 7-14 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week. Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect for children – affecting one out of every 100 […]

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Have a Fireplace? Four Things Parents Need to Know

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It’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 […]

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Good Nutrition while Cooking on Slow

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While 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 […]

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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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