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What is ADHD?

1 in 10 children may be diagnosed with it. How is it recognized and treated?

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Categories: development, health-notes,


Fetal Development in the First Trimester

Welcome to pregnancy! The first 12 weeks of your pregnancy is an important time in the development of your baby. Caring for this new life can be both exciting and exhausting!

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When Your Newborn Has a Fever

Did you know that newborns are not prepared to handle changes in body temperature like adults and older children? As adults, we have more control over our body temperature. When we are too cold, we shiver to warm up. When we're too hot, we sweat to help cool down.

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Identifying Warning Signs in Babies

Do you ever wish your baby came with an instruction manual for troubleshooting the source of their behavior?

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Categories: parenting, health-notes,


Is Your Daughter at Risk for Female Athlete Triad?

The female athlete triad is a combination of 3 conditions seen in young, athletic women caused by an imbalance in the energy consumed and the energy expended. The female athlete triad includes eating problems, menstrual irregularities and weak bones.

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Driving on Halloween

Halloween is a fun night for kids with dressing up and collecting treats. As drivers, we should be especially vigilant on that night for little trick-or-treaters.

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Does Halloween Candy Go Bad?

It's almost time for trick-or-treaters! It is estimated that 170 million people will celebrate Halloween this year with over three-fourths of households planning to hand out candy. We will purchase over 600 million pounds of candy for Halloween, with candy corn weighing in at 20 million pounds. 

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Categories: nutrition, health-notes,


7 Ways Parents Can Prevent Sports Injuries

We all want our kids to be safe when practicing their sport and, as a parent, there are some things you can do to help prevent injuries.

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Categories: parenting, health-notes,


Keeping Young Children Safe from Foreign Objects

An adult would never try to see if a grape will fit in her ear.

Curious young children, however, think very differently than parents and adults. This curiosity sometimes causes kids to place small "foreign" objects in odd places like the nose, ears or throat.

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Understanding the Teen Brain

Proper judgement and good decision making are some of the hardest things to pass along to your teens. It has nothing to do with their intelligence or marks in school, the region of teenagers' brains responsible for rational thinking is not fully developed until age 25.

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Safely Load and Carry a Backpack

Backpacks are a great way for kids to carry books, papers and supplies to and from school. By design, backpacks spread the weight of this cargo across some of the body’s strongest muscles. Still, over 6,000 children each year experience backpack-related injuries according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. (CPSC).

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How To Prevent & Treat Carsickness in Young Children

Motion sickness is common in both children and adults. The cause of motion sickness deals with the brain's ability to interpret messages based on what it senses.

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The Self-Esteem Shield

Parents are powerful influences in helping their children develop self-esteem as they grow. Research shows that adolescents who grow up with high self-esteem are less likely to abuse drugs or drink compared to kids who grow up without a sense of self-worth.

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The Best Way to Stay Hydrated

This summer has been a hot one. Our average daily temperature has been around 88° according to the National Weather Service with many days close to 100°.

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Categories: nutrition, health-notes,


Food Safety on Vacation

Vacations are a time to relax, be revitalized, and if you are adventuresome, enjoy new places. Millions of travelers will take to the road in cars or recreation vehicles, before landing in their final destination. No matter how far or near you travel, there is always one thing that every traveler has in common – FOOD. And just because you are on vacation doesn't mean you can take time out from food safety.

There are four simple steps to food safety - clean, chill, separate, cook - that apply to the road, as well as, home.

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