• Prescription to Play

    February 16, 2024, 14:49 PM by Dr. Suzanne LaForte

    These kits are to help us remind parents regarding the importance of playing with their children and with using simple toys that are not screen based. These are the Duplo style of Lego bricks and are not choking hazards.

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    High Blood Pressure in Kids

    February 16, 2024, 13:46 PM by Dr. Sally Robinson

    If blood pressure remains high, medications might be needed with careful follow-up. Sometimes a referral to a kidney doctor (nephrologist) is needed.

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    Helping Children with Greif

    January 19, 2024, 09:36 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson

    Death and dying seems unreal but bad things do happen. Many continue to believe that childhood is a time of happiness and joy but not always. No one is prepared for the experience of grief and there is no “right” way to live through it.

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    Healthy Eating may Improve Heart, Behavior and GI symptoms

    January 17, 2024, 14:23 PM by Department of Pediatrics

    There are ongoing studies to evaluate how using digestive enzymes can improve behavior and gastrointestinal symptoms in children with autistic behaviors and attention deficit problems.

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    Family Safety is Key

    January 8, 2024, 11:11 AM by Department of Pediatrics

    Healthychildren.org has some suggestions for a checklist to secure a safer environment in any home. As children will put anything in their mouths, it is important to store pills, inhalers, and other prescriptions out of reach. Move medicines in purses or at the bedside securely out of reach. Pets, pet food and pet medicines should be stored out of a child’s reach. (This is for the safety of both the child and the pet.) Unsafe cleansers and chemicals need to be moved to cabinets with safety locks completely out of reach. Be careful of leaving alcoholic drinks in easy reach of children at the same party.

  • Is your Microbiome the Fountain of Youth?

    December 15, 2023, 09:51 AM by Patricia Beach, MD and Adam Stranberg, MD

    We have much to learn about nature. Maybe through our gut’s microbes our diets can nurture behavior.

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    Nature vs Nurture

    December 12, 2023, 12:13 PM by Patricia Beach, MD and Adam Stranberg, MD

    We have much to learn about nature. Maybe through our gut’s microbes our diets can nurture behavior.

  • Toys are BIG business

    December 8, 2023, 11:38 AM by Sally Robinson

    Attitude is a choice. Concentrate on overturning whining and complaining into something positive.

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    Gratitude for Great Health

    December 1, 2023, 08:58 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson

    Don’t forget those magic words, “thank you”, “good job”, “that was very kind of you”, “thanks for helping” and “I appreciate you”. Average ten new thanks a day. For variation you could say in French, “merci”, in Spanish, gracias” and in Italian, “grazie”.

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    Brominated Oil Fruit Drinks Have Harmful Effects

    November 17, 2023, 10:23 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson

    All grocery shoppers need to be aware how their buying is influenced and know that children are not the only ones influenced about what they want by advertisements.

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    Processed Food Addiction

    November 13, 2023, 09:12 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson

    Can children become “addicted” to processed foods? This is an important question and the answers are important and scary. The World Health Organization has declared that there is a global epidemic of obesity.

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    It is time to understand the detrimental effects of Domestic Violence

    November 1, 2023, 00:00 AM by Sally Robinson

    Domestic violence is a tremendous problem. Healthychildren.org reports that “1 in 4 children are exposed to caregiver intimate partner violence within their lifetime”. That’s a lot of children and it is of great concern because this places them at risk of profound short- and long-term impacts on their physical and mental health and well-being.

  • The Spooky Side (Risks) of Candy

    October 27, 2023, 15:23 PM by Dr. Sally Robinson

    Choking from hard candy is scary, be careful. Choking is the fourth leading cause of death in preschool kids and the leading cause of infantile death. In 19% of cases, candy is the culprit. Hands-on training is helpful for emergency situations, but prevention is the key.

  • Eat Food with Flavonoids for better Health

    October 13, 2023, 11:20 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson

    Flavonoids can be bought in supplements but most researchers feel that it is best to get these nutrients from food. Each meal should contain at least 1 fruit or vegetable. Recommended fruit is 1 cup/day, between ages 1 and 3, to 2 cups for a 14–18-year-old. Recommended vegetable intake is ¾ cup a day at age one to 3 cups for a 14–18-year-old.

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    YOU have the Right to request Special Education for your Child in Public School anytime.

    October 10, 2023, 00:00 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson

    Special education provides individualized programming at NO cost to the family and may include special education teachers, therapists (OT, PT and speech), and dyslexia instructors. Parents have the right to request a special education evaluation from a public school at any time. When a child has severe pain, swelling, fever, a persistent lump in a muscle, is limping, has redness or warmth of the skin over the muscle, it is time to call the doctor.

  • Call the Doctor if your Child has Severe Pain, Swelling, Fever, Persistent Lump, Limps or has Redness, or Warmth of the Skin

    October 6, 2023, 09:32 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson

    Genetic factors contribute to the experience of pain. So maybe there is a genetic difference in those third of children having growing pains but it doesn’t make it less real. When a child has severe pain, swelling, fever, a persistent lump in a muscle, is limping, has redness or warmth of the skin over the muscle, it is time to call the doctor.

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    Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is making the headlines.

    September 26, 2023, 08:27 AM by Sally Robinson MD

    More than most people want to know about these organisms that can cause so much trouble. It seemed that suddenly there was a new virus making babies, the elderly and the immunocompromised really sick. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) was and is making the headlines.

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    Hot Water Heaters should be less than120 degrees

    September 22, 2023, 11:27 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson

    It is strongly suggested that hot water heaters be regulated so that the maximum hot temperature cannot be over 120 degrees. There are varying types of water heaters and varying local codes. Your plumber or the source of all information “YouTube” can show you how to check or regulate the temperature

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