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    Dangerous Websites

    April 22, 2021, 17:17 PM by Dr. Sally Robinson
    There have been dramatic changes in the routine of our lives, family interactions, and the constant presence of electronic devices in all our lives. Some of these changes are very, very good, and some are very, very worrisome. It is very easy for kids to access material that is not intended for them. It is very important that we are aware of what children are doing online. In this Keeping Kids Healthy, Dr. Robinson lists advice for parents and the dangers of the internet. [Click Heading For Full Story]
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    Lullabies

    January 29, 2021, 16:37 PM by Dr. Sally Robinson
    Lullabies are used to soothe babies to sleep. We have inherited them, and we pass them along. Although lullabies sound soothing and reassuring, their lyrics are often dark and far from comforting. Recent research has shown that lullabies sung live can have beneficial effects on premature infants' physiological function and development. Lullabies are associated with encouraging the rapid development of the neurological system. [Click Heading For Full Story]
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    Healthy Resolutions for a Safe New Year

    January 4, 2021, 15:57 PM by Dr. Sally Robinson
    Healthy New Year resolutions in 2021 for children—resolutions should be achievable and age-appropriate. In this Keeping Kids Healthy, Dr. Sally Robinson shares a great list of resolutions by age. Everyone wants a better year, and by working together, we can make it happen! #2021
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    “When you’re smilin’ the whole world smiles with you”

    August 14, 2020, 17:38 PM by Dr. Sally Robinson
    When songwriters, Joe Goodwin, Larry Shay, and Mark Fisher, wrote the above lyrics, they doubt they had studied the works of Charles Darwin and Paul Ekman on human expressions. However, they did express a universal human truth about smiling. It is the most positive reinforcement. Helping a child grow up with a smile, laughter, and satisfaction is a big part of development. Read full article.
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    Sneezing

    July 10, 2020, 15:26 PM by Dr. Sally Robinson
    Children are famous for runny noses, sneezing, and coughing. Small children can have 8-12 colds a year. Studies are helping us understand how some diseases are spread. This knowledge would help public health experts guide the public on how fast and how far the outbreak will grow.
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    Keeping Children Safe from Alcohol Poisoning Risks with Hand Sanitizers

    June 29, 2020, 10:32 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson
    Dr. Sally Robinson reminds us to practice safety around young children and hand sanitizer. When buying hand sanitizers, parents should make sure the label lists the ingredients, warnings, and precautions. Call 911 right away if you think your child has swallowed hand sanitizer and needs immediate medical attention.
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    All this Gives Me a Headache

    May 22, 2020, 14:10 PM by Dr. Sally Robinson
    Headaches are a common problem. During this time of increased stress, stress and tension headaches could be even more. Children also have headaches. By middle school about 80% of children have experienced a headache of some kind. How can you tell if a child has a migraine headache? What should you do?
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    Be Physically Active for Life

    April 27, 2020, 11:37 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson
    Human beings who are physically active throughout their lives are happier, more successful, and healthier. It has been a strange and stressful time for all age groups. Physical activity helps remove stress, and most children don’t move enough. What better time to start than during this time of social isolation. Read this week’s Keeping Kids Healthy for recommendations across age groups.
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    PHOBIA

    April 17, 2020, 14:00 PM by Dr. Sally Robinson
    In this Keeping Kids Healthy, Dr. Sally Robinson comments on the prediction that we will have an epidemic of mental illness. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions. One presentation of anxiety is phobias. Everyone is fearful of something, but if your child has intense worries or fears that get in the way of his/her daily activities, please call your health care provider for help or a referral to a mental health professional.
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    Positive Thoughts for Stressful Times

    April 10, 2020, 14:00 PM by Dr. Sally Robinson
    Nobody can deny that these are extremely stressful times. In this Keeping Kids Healthy, you can find some suggestions that can help all of us, children and adults. Remember to take a step back and see if you can organize your day. Talk to your children. The fear produced by the pandemic is real. Managing this fear is important so as not to have overwhelming anxiety. As always reinforce healthy eating, healthy exercise, and safe practices. Recognize and complement each other in loving and positive ways. Be safe, and wash your hands.
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    How Do “Cold” Viruses Spread?

    April 2, 2020, 10:37 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson
    Bill Bryson’s book, The Body, has an interesting discussion about microbes, including cold viruses. At first, we thought all viruses caused disease, but we now know that of the hundreds of thousands of viruses reasonably supposed to exist. Viruses have survived for hundreds of millions of years. The most common of these viruses is the common cold. Washing your hands is critical to preventing the spread of the common cold. Learn more about this virus in this week’s Keeping Kids Healthy.
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    What is a virus?

    March 2, 2020, 09:51 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson
    Viruses are about a thousand times smaller than bacteria. Scientists are continually working to understand how these tiny particles get transmitted, reproduce, make the host cell sick, how they infect one host cell and not another and how to prevent and to treat infections. Right now, the world is concerned about the development of a new virus, 2019 Novel Coronavirus. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure. Read full article.
  • Helping Children to Turn Off Screens

    February 28, 2020, 00:00 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson
    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children younger than 18-24 months not be exposed to digital media with the exception of video-chat and that children 2-5 years have no more than one hour of screen time per day. Why is the turning off so difficult? Dr. Dimitri Christakis explains that the intense sounds, colors and rapid movement of digital content can make it more immersive and entrancing than the real world and more difficult to disengage.
  • When to Worry About Your Picky Eater

    February 14, 2020, 00:00 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson
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    It is Cold Season

    January 27, 2020, 16:17 PM by Dr. Sally Robinson
    The illness we call the common cold is caused by a virus that infects the upper respiratory tract (nose, throat, and upper airway). There are no drugs available that kill these viruses. A cold cannot be “cured” by anything except time. The safest and cheapest approach is to let it run its course while you get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Read full article to find out what to do and NOT TO DO.
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    Can Empathy be Taught?

    January 21, 2020, 00:00 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson
    Help develop kindness and caring. As with any skill, empathy can be taught and developed. Because cognitive abilities and life experiences develop over time, the most effective strategies to use depend on the child’s age. Learn more in this article of Keeping Kids Healthy.
  • Nonnutritive Sweetener Use in Children

    January 20, 2020, 09:00 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson
    There is still much unknown about the use of Artificial sweeteners also known as sugar substitutes. We are still learning about their impact on appetite and taste preference, how much is used in the pediatric population, and their impact on pediatric obesity, metabolic syndrome, attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder and autism.
  • The Importance of Reading

    January 17, 2020, 08:00 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson
    A child’s brain develops the most rapidly in the first five years. Recent studies done provide evidence for the potential benefits of reading and potential detriments of too much screen time. Dr. John Hutton, a pediatrician, says, “Kids who have a more stimulating experience that organize the brain are at a huge advantage when they get to school. It’s really harder and harder for kids to catch up.”
  • Set Healthy Goals for Children in 2020

    January 1, 2020, 00:00 AM by Dr. Sally Robinson
    It’s time again to set out new goals once again. We can all wipe the slate clean and start over once again! Your children can be part of that optimistic time of year. Curl up on the couch with your child(ren) and set attainable goals. Find suggestions on this Keeping Kids Healthy article by Dr. Sally Robinson.
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    Toys Should be Fun and Safe

    December 6, 2019, 14:23 PM by Dr. Sally Robinson
    Websites are NOT required to post safety warning associated with toys. When buying presents for your child, select toys that are age-appropriate. No matter how mature you think that your child is, he or she should not play with toys that are meant for an older age group. Read the full article for tips on how to choose age-appropriate toys.