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Cholesterol Screening in Children

New guidelines now suggest screening 9 - 11 year old children for cholesterol. This new recommendation will help identify those children at risk for cardiovascular disease - before it progresses.
 

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Getting Your Toddler to Sleep

It's the end of a long day and you have finally sat down to unwind after getting the kids to bed when suddenly you hear that familiar patter of little feet. Oh no, you know exactly where this is going… "Mommy, I can't sleep."

Your first thought probably is, "You've only been up there for 5 minutes, no one falls asleep that fast. I just got on the computer/started watching my shows/etc... PLEASE go to bed." But you know that kind of reason doesn't resonate with a toddler. It's time to go into bedtime combat role.

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Energizing Kids with Exercise Games + Printables

Exercise.

It's something we all know is important. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that "children and adolescents should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity per day." Oh boy, sometimes that's easy, especially when the weather outside is nice, but let's face it, when it's cold outside, sometimes it's pretty tough to hit that guideline.

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The ABC's of Baby's Zzzzs!

Did you know that sleep is the primary activity of the brain during early development? As a matter of fact, sleep is a critical part of a baby’s healthy growth and development; especially a baby’s mental and physical health.  So what are the healthy sleep patterns for infants? How long should your baby be sleeping?

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Group Physical vs. Private Physical: What's Best for Your Child?

A physical is usually required for kids entering certain grades – or planning to participate in school sports. Physicals offered in a group setting may offer convenience and low-cost; however, a physical one-on-one with your child’s doctor will cover much more.

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6 Ideas to Beat the Bedtime Battles

"Just 15 minutes longer." "I'm not tired!" "I don't want to get up!"

Sound familiar? Kids and parents frequently clash about when children need to sleep – and for how long. The National Sleep Foundation reports that 69 percent of children have sleep problems. Kids resist sleeping for many reasons: overstimulation, caffeine, nightmares, and even snoring.

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Screening for Adolescent Depression

New guidelines ask pediatricians to screen pre-teens and teenagers for depression. This is a good addition - due to the number of teens who go undetected for the disease.

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Cold Weather Activity Precautions for Your Kids

I am always glad when parents are concerned about exercise and their children.

Statistics show that almost a third of children and adults are obese. In addition to childhood health risks, studies have found that overweight kids are at greater risk of becoming obese adults, with all the health problems associated with obesity lasting throughout their lives.

These long winter months make it tough to get outside and cabin fever may be settling in. Your children may be looking for ways to get outside and burn off some energy, and the cold weather might also be an excuse for kids to increase time spent watching TV, playing video games or using electronics.

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Child Warm in the Extreme Cold

Wind chills, snow, ice – welcome to winter in Nebraska! We would all like to stay inside by the heater on some frigid days, but school and work call. Whether waiting for the school bus, building a snow man or playing outdoors – you can practice a few important habits to keep kids well.

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My latest article about getting ready for winter travel went up today over at Omaha Family. Use the checklist below to get your car kit ready for anything this winter has for us.

You can read my article Prepare for Travel During Cold Weather and the Holidays over at OmahaFamily.

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Okay, I can't help it. I've been thinking about natural remedies and helpful tips again. I know, you are probably thinking that the blog I wrote last spring about various (and maybe crazed) home remedies for ear aches and what not was more than enough. But, I'm just not that kind of girl--enough is never enough!

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People who know me know that I have a special place in my heart for the amazing things that vinegar and baking soda can do. Really, the way I look at it, these things might as well be set in front of the Pope for canonization. They truly are miracles.

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According to media outlets such as TV commercials and Facebook, it's time to evaluate where we are at personally and professionally so that we can decide who we want to be before the calendar officially flips to 2013!

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In 2010, the United States had its highest outbreak of whooping cough (Pertussis) since 1959. Two years ago over 27,500 cases were reported, but the numbers could have been higher due to lack of diagnosis and under-reporting. In 1959, the nation saw 40,000 cases.

Health officials and the Centers for Disease Control are concerned 2012 may take over the top spot – warning it could be the worst outbreak ever.

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Do you have a child entering kindergarten, seventh grade or planning to participate in school sports?

If so, a school physical is required. For older children many schools offer group sports physicals at a discounted rate; however, at HealthWest Pediatrics we believe nothing beats a good visit and examination by your child's pediatrician.

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