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Sniffle-proof your whole family

This isn't just the start of holiday season; it's germ season as well. That's why many of us will be hacking away and looking a lot like Rudolph before winter is over. "The average adult gets one to three respiratory illnesses each year, and women, especially if they're moms, tend to catch even more," says Charles Gerba, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona and ... Continue reading Sniffle-proof your whole family

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What Every Mom Should Know About Orthodontics

by Dr. Angela Ross

Is your son or daughter still sucking his or her thumb at age 3, 4 or even 5? Studies have shown that chronic thumb sucking can alter the development of a child's teeth and jaws and parents should aim to stop this habit by age two. What can parents do? Some orthodontic offices have motivational programs where kids keep charts and ... Continue reading What Every Mom Should Know About Orthodontics

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Keeping Your Kids Clear of MRSA: Medicine Mom

If you would have asked me five years ago if parents and teachers would know what "MRSA" stood for, I would have exclaimed a definitive "No. Thank Goodness!" That's because community acquired MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus) used to be a rarity. Now, unfortunately, I have seen more cases of it than I ever imagined. Hopefully the following facts will help keep you kids cl ... Continue reading Keeping Your Kids Clear of MRSA: Medicine Mom

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The Truth Behind the Number One Birth Defect in America: Congenital Heart Defects

Anytime a baby is born healthy, it is to be celebrated. Yet each year, 40,000 babies are born nationwide against great odds, suffering from the most common birth defect among all children born in America today: a congenital heart defect (CHD). According to the Children's Heart Foundation, every 15 minutes of every day, a baby is born with CHD. Sadly, thousands of infants who su ... Continue reading The Truth Behind the Number One Birth Defect in America: Congenital Heart Defects

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Under normal conditions, we all lose some body water every day in our sweat, tears, urine, and stool. Water also evaporates from our skin and leaves the body as vapor when we breathe. We usually replace this body fluid and the salts it contains with the water and salts in our regular diet.

Sometimes, however, kids lose abnormally large amounts of water and salts through ... Continue reading Dehydration

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CMV Vaccine for Newborns

MINNEAPOLIS- -Most adults have had the virus known as CMV, or cytomegalovirus, and they probably didn't even know it. But if an unborn baby is infected with the virus -- through his or her mother -- the consequences are very serious.

CMV is the second leading cause of mental retardation, after Down syndrome. There is currently no vaccine for CMV, but there ar ... Continue reading CMV Vaccine for Newborns

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What's New in Vaccines

By Nina Livingston, M.D., F.A.A.P.

This is an exciting time in the history of vaccines; even as our children reap the dramatic benefits of our national immunization programs, new vaccines are being developed and older ones improved. The results of this continued progress have led to an increasingly complex routine immunization schedule and a rise in the total ... Continue reading What's New in Vaccines

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Breastfeeding Doesn't Increase Kids' Risk of Cavities

Regularly putting babies to bed with a bottle or letting little ones walk around with sugary drinks all day are surefire ways increase kids' risk of cavities. But does breastfeeding bring on tooth decay, too? Luckily, reassuring new research puts this common concern to rest for nursing moms.

Breastfeeding (even for a long period of time) does not put infants at r ... Continue reading Breastfeeding Doesn't Increase Kids' Risk of Cavities

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Common Childhood Orthopedic Conditions

As your child's body grows, you may notice that growth isn't occurring completely on the straight and narrow. Many young children exhibit flatfeet, toe walking, pigeon toes, bowlegs, and knock-knees in their first years of life.

Some of these conditions correct themselves without treatment as the child grows. Others that persist or become more severe may be l ... Continue reading Common Childhood Orthopedic Conditions

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Who Ya Gonna Call?

By Gina Toner, RN and Jackie Berry, RN
Triage, Children's Physician Network

It's 1:07 a.m. and your child just woke up with a barking cough and noisy breathing--who ya gonna call?

A Triage Nurse!

Telephone triage is available through many clinics and insurance plans. A telephone triage service is staffed with experienc ... Continue reading Who Ya Gonna Call?

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