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What to Expect the First Two Weeks at Home with Your Newborn

The first 2 weeks at home with your newborn baby can be joyful and exciting, but there can also be uncertainty as you both get to know each other.

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A solar eclipse is an exciting event occurring only a few times in our lives. They happen when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, blocking sunlight from reaching the Earth for a few minutes. In some areas, the moon will completely block sunlight, causing what is known as "totality."

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Categories: health-notes, lifestyle,


Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity

Obesity is a serious, long-term disease characterized by an excess of body fat. While it is challenging to calculate a direct measure of body fat, doctors utilize a guideline known as the body mass index to compare the standards for children of the same age and gender.

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Categories: nutrition, health-notes,


How to Raise Kids Who Are Lifelong Movers

Physical activity is important for all stages of life. It affects our mood, perception of self, and our overall health. As a general rule kids enjoy being active, but as we age our activity level and amount of movement decreases which could lead to health problems later in life. So how do we raise kids who value being active throughout their lives? How do we bridge the gap between the fun, active child and the sedentary adult?

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5 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to be Active

When it comes to activity, every child has different preferences. Some kids enjoy activities like bowling, tennis or running which focus on an individual's skill. Other kids gravitate toward sports like soccer, basketball or volleyball where they add their skill to a team. Whether your kids are playing solo or on a team, every child can benefit from physical activity.

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Categories: health-notes,


Why is Exercise Important for Kids?

You may have heard that kids should have at least 60 minutes a day of physical activity, but do you know why? Physical activity is known to benefit gross and fine motor skills, confidence and self-esteem, and a healthy weight.

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Categories: development, health-notes,


Traveling While Pregnant

Traveling can be physically and mentally taxing on anyone, but it can often become difficult for expecting women. Even the easiest of transportation methods we often take for granted can become very complicated.

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Categories: pregnancy, health-notes,


How Much is Too Much Exercise When Pregnant?

It is highly recommended that pregnant women maintain a regular exercise routine. During pregnancy, the suggested duration of exercise is at least 30 minutes a day. It is also advised to avoid participating in long, intense workouts, especially in warmer conditions. When exercising, always take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.  We recommend wearing a heart rate monitor to monitor your heart rate. Usually try to keep the rate under 150bpm.  You may need to modify your workout as your pregnancy progresses.

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Categories: pregnancy, health-notes,


Treating Warts in Children

Warts are common skin growths caused by the papillomavirus that can spread easily in both children and adults. While warts are noncancerous, they can be bothersome and even unsightly. Fortunately, most types of warts will go away on their own over time even without any medical treatment.

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Identifying Symptoms and Treatment Methods for Sprains and Strains in Children

Intense physical activity becomes more common as children grow older. However, rough play, especially during sporting activities, can lead to them getting hurt. These injuries can range anywhere from scrapes and bruises to minor traumas involving muscles, ligaments and tendons. As parents, it is important to have a basic understanding of these injuries and how to treat them.

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Categories: development, health-notes,


Managing Choking Risks in Your Home

One thing is for certain: if you are having a child, your home environment must undergo changes. Providing a safe and loving environment for your child means familiarizing yourself with everything in your home that poses a potential risk.

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Categories: health-notes,


Healthy Cell Phone Habits for Parents

The devices in our pockets are capable of some pretty amazing things—whether it’s constant contact with friends on social media, increased mindfulness when working out with an app that tracks your physical activity, or simply the thrill of discovery when reading the news.

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Treating Childhood Injuries

With kids come accidents. And as parents, it’s hard sometimes to discern what injury can be treated at home and what should be treated by a professional. Here are some easy-to remember tips to identifying injuries and what you can do to treat them.

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Categories: parenting, health-notes,


Binge Drinking and Teens

Raising teenagers can be one of the most rewarding experiences in parenting. There is something amazing about seeing a child turn into a young adult and start making good decisions that are based on their own personalities and moral compass.

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Categories: parenting, health-notes,


Daylight Saving Time Strategies for ZZZs

Every March we "spring forward" in concert with daylight saving time. Starting the second Sunday in March and ending the first Sunday in November, the practice involves moving our clocks forward one hour. 

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