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Constipation: every parent’s favorite topic

It’s amazing how once you become a parent you begin to realize that talking about poop is just part of everyday conversation. Has your child pooped today? What was the consistency? What was the color? (I know! Your high school self would not believe this is what you now talk about with your significant other!) But what happens when you child can’t, or isn’t, pooping? 

Halloween safety: 5 things parents should (and shouldn’t) do

The countdown is on until Halloween, but before your kids head out to trick-or-treat here are some lesser-known safety tips to help keep your ghosts and goblins safe.

Top 5 excuses for not getting a flu shot (and why you still should)

The first cases of true influenza have been reported. Again, we’re expecting at least a moderately severe flu season nationally this year. To put it in perspective, 1 in every 3 unvaccinated children is predicted to get influenza, while 1 in 9 unvaccinated adults will get symptomatic influenza. The best available way to protect yourself and your loved ones is the flu vaccine.

Is my child being bullied?

Children often experience issues at school that go beyond classwork. Kids may have a fight with a friend, or they aren’t sitting by the same group of kids at lunch anymore. While we often worry kids are being bullied, they may not be. One of the most misunderstood issues is if a child is being bullied, or if it’s actually conflict. Parents and students alike often use bullying as a blanket statement for many issues, but there are important key differences between bullying and conflict, and differences in how to address each.

child sick in bed with mom helping

A back-to-school refresher on school avoidance

Back-to-school nights have come and gone and calendars have quickly filled with school activities. Most students have settled into their school routine. But for some, being back in school might be a struggle. School avoidance can emerge, consciously or not. Knowing what to look for allows you to address it and ask for help if needed.

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Addicted to Awake: The Consequences of Energy Drinks in Adolescents

How often do you come across advertisements for energy drinks: once or twice a week, or perhaps every day on your morning commute? Rarely do we escape a day without energy drink companies promoting how they can “give you wings” or provide the five hours of energy you need to make it through the afternoon grind. As a parent, you may see past the misleading marketing, but can we say the same about the effect these ads have on our children and adolescents, especially when advertisements specifically target this population?

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5 simple steps to keep your kids germ-free

Now that back to school time is in full swing, so are the germs! It might sound simple, but handwashing is truly like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine that stops the spread of germs. In fact, regular handwashing, is one of the best ways to keep from getting sick.

Dangerous vaping epidemic: 5 things parents need to know

What once was thought to be a harmless habit has now turned into a national crisis. Hundreds of people have been recently diagnosed with acute lung injury after vaping. Six people across the U.S. have died. Because of this crisis, health officials are now urging people to stop vaping immediately. The latest statistics show that 1 out of 5 young adults is vaping. Even if your child is not vaping, someone in your life might be. All the news recently about vaping can be overwhelming, so here is a quick list of the top things you need to know.

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When to go: Emergency Room vs. Urgent Care

When your kiddo is sick or injured it’s the worst. And of course, it always happens when your doctor’s office is closed. So, the dilemma every parent faces at some point…do you go to the Emergency Room (ER) or Urgent Care? Generally speaking, urgent cares are designed to save unnecessary trips to the ER, and are usually easier to access, have shorter wait times and cost less than an ER visit.

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Under-scheduled and unapologetic

Children are busier than they ever have been. From organized sports, to music lessons, to church activities, to scouts their schedules are jam-packed. In fact, kids are so busy it prompted the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to issue recommendations to pediatricians to “prescribe” play for young children. Sounds crazy, but sometimes kids (or should we say parents) need to be reminded to simply play. And as parents, it’s our job to make sure they are getting that time to play in a safe and supportive environment that doesn’t always have an agenda.