Health Notes

Last Minute Life Lessons

May 9, 2017
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It’s May, the time for graduation. Kids are graduating from preschool, finishing kindergarten, stepping up from middle school, or ending their high school careers. And for those students leaving the nest, it’s time for the parental full-court press. What direction can we give to these high school seniors? How can we guide them through their […]

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Having “The Talk”

April 25, 2017
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It’s the conversation every parent dreads (and quite honestly, so do your kids.) But talking about “the birds and the bees” is perhaps one of the most important talks you will ever have with your child. So how does that conversation even start? Whether you were aware of not, you probably have already started having […]

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Welcome to Spring Allergy Season

April 18, 2017
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With spring here in full swing, it means the return of flowers, rain, warm weather, and everyone’s favorite springtime occurrence: allergies. Whether you call it hay fever, seasonal allergies, or allergic rhinitis (the typical medical name) it can be both frustrating and confusing for parents. Is my child having a runny nose because they’re sick […]

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Marijuana: The Risks to Kids and Teens

April 11, 2017
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A headline in the paper recently caught my eye: “Day Care Provider Ticketed after Girl Tests Positive for THC.” And then I did a double take. A young toddler in southeastern Nebraska was brought to a Lincoln hospital emergency room for becoming lethargic. The emergency room doctors discovered she had been exposed to THC, the […]

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Helping Your Teenager’s Headaches

March 28, 2017
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It’s never easy to see your teenager hurt, especially when you can’t figure out the cause. Headaches, however, are one of the most common pain complaints we see in pediatric clinic. In fact, in one study, 56 percent of boys and 74 percent of girls between ages 12 and 17 said they had a headache […]

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Using the “Whole Brain” Approach to Raising Children

March 14, 2017
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“Why don’t you use your brain?” When it comes to parenting, there can be lots of frustration because you don’t feel like your child is thinking things through. What many parents don’t realize is that may be because their child’s brain isn’t fully formed yet. The best advice on how to raise happier, healthier, more […]

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Answering the Tough Questions about Vaccines

February 28, 2017
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Vaccinating children is one of the most rewarding and most difficult parts of being a pediatrician. I don’t take pleasure in children being poked with needles (I’m a pediatrician, not a monster), but I also know I’m doing everything possible to keep kids healthy and happy. Vaccines are one of the most common topics parents […]

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When the “Going” Gets Tough

February 21, 2017
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It’s a common problem that kids (and honestly parents, too) don’t like to talk about. But constipation can be a big issue with no easy answer. Constipation is diagnosed as having two or fewer stools per week. If the stools are large or very small and hard, going can even be painful. When it’s not […]

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Time-Out: Are We Doing It Right?

February 14, 2017
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A recent study in the Academy of Pediatrics found that three quarters of parents surveyed used time-outs to help to manage their child’s misbehavior. It also found that the vast majority did it wrong. It’s something I see in my Methodist Physicians Clinic pediatrics office as well. During well-checks, we discuss a child’s behavior. Parents […]

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Blech! Earwax!

January 24, 2017
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Ok, yeah. It looks gross. But there’s actually a reason our ears have all that wax. Earwax, also known as cerumen, is totally normal. This yellowish waxy substance hanging out in the ear canals of you and your kiddos has a purpose and it’s actually about helping you stay well. So before you grab your […]

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