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Avoid a Sports Overuse Injury

Is your child athletic? Great! Participating in sports can encourage a lifelong love of exercise. There are also benefits to your child’s physical and mental well-being.

While children are recommended to get at least 60 minutes of exercise each day, be aware of your child causing an overuse injury. 

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Is this Fifth Disease?

Fifth disease is a viral infection caused by the human parvovirus B19. It is most common in school age children during the winter and spring months.

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5 Ways to Lower Allergy Symptoms

During the spring months plants begin to grow again and for those of us allergic to their pollen, these months can be miserable. 

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Button Cell Battery Dangers

Button-style batteries are found in many of our household items. Remote controls, key fobs, singing cards are a few common areas. These small batteries pose a big hazard, however.

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OTC Fever Meds - 8 Things to Know

Your little one has a fever and you want to give him something to help keep him comfortable. Should be simple, right? Well, unfortunately, the dosages and strengths of many over-the-counter pain medications for children are confusing.

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10 Steps for Safe Playground Fun

I recommend 60 minutes of exercise each day for children and playgrounds offer a great source of fresh air and exercise. Playgrounds are not without danger, however.

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Do I Really Need a Birth Plan?

Whether this is your first or fourth child, a birth plan can be a great tool for your baby’s delivery.

Not every birth can go as you plan. So, why take the time to create a birth plan - and when should it be used?

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Easing a Cold

Kids are sick twice as much as adults on average. How can a parent help?

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10 Hidden Household Hazards

Every parent (& pediatrician) wants to keep kids safe at home. Of course you lock up poisons, secure stairs & wall outlets and install smoke detectors.

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The Sleep Kids Need

The National Sleep Foundation tells us what many parents already suspect: their children are not getting enough sleep. As children grow, sleep directly effects the development of both their minds and their bodies.

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Headphone and Earbud Caution

Listening to music is a soothing, popular activity for our kids. Be careful, however, that listening to music doesn't end up reducing your child's overall ability to hear! A study by the Harvard-affiliated Brigham & Women's Hospital found 20% of teenagers to have irreversible hearing loss. The suspected cause is prolonged exposure to noise.

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Nightmares and Monsters Be Gone

Nightmares are a common occurrence with children of all ages. Children between 3 and 6 years old are more susceptible to nightmares because this is the time when their imaginations are rapidly developing. 

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Shopping for the Baby Medicine Cabinet

Bringing baby home is exciting - ok maybe a little scary too! Your baby shouldn't need very much medication right away after coming home from the hospital. However, it is good to be prepared in case your baby develops a fever or has a problem with a gassy tummy.

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Back to School - Back to Snacking

It’s back-to-school time – which means after-school (and in-the-car) snacks. Busy parents also need snacks which are easy to make and grab for both the child and the parent.

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Surviving the Hot Summer While Pregnant

Pregnant and having a hard time with the summer heat? Keeping cool during the hot summer months is important to both mom and baby. Learn the physical reasons heat is rough on pregnant moms - and what steps you can take to keep cool...
 

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