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  • Avoid the Bedtime Battle

    03/17/2013 | Family CarePrimary Care

    Bedtime can be a fight, prompting some parents to abandon regular bedtimes. However, not getting enough sleep can affect children’s health and behavior. Children in preschool and elementary school need 10 to 12 hours of sleep each day. Sleep is a time for their brains to develop; it helps them maintain attention and good behavior at school. Additionally, without enough sleep, they may be at higher…

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  • A Healthy Start to School

    09/19/2012 | Family CareReady, Set, School

    For many families September means settling back into a regular school schedule. As kids head back to class, there are strategies parents can incorporate into the daily routine to help children stay healthy and perform better in school. Manage your child’s sleep Most kids don’t get enough sleep. Generally, preschoolers should sleep 10 to 12 hours per night, and school age/early middle school…

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  • Choosing the Right Backpack for Your Child

    09/12/2012 | Family CareReady, Set, School

    It’s that time of year again. Kids are heading back to school and the search is on for school supplies. But have you thought about what your kids will use to haul around those supplies? You should. That’s because backpacks, when too heavy or worn the wrong way, can leave students with aching backs and shoulders, tingling arms, weakened muscles, and even stooped posture. So, what can you…

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  • Routines Make for Easier Bedtimes

    08/25/2012 | Family CarePrimary Care

    By now, most kids have started back to school. Morning routines are probably still being established; from panicked searches for just the right shirt to rushed goodbyes as they run frantically trying to catch the bus. Some morning mayhem is to be expected as back-to-school routines are established, but how are those new bedtime routines going? If they’re not going so well, Dr. Deborah Givan at…

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  • Treating a Sign of Summer: Swimmer’s Ear

    08/21/2012 | Everyday WellnessPlay and ExerciseFamily CarePrimary Care

    This summer’s string of scorching hot days makes swimming in a pool or lake even more inviting. While swimming is a great way to cool off, kids who spend a lot of time in the water, especially underwater, can experience inflammation of the outer ear and ear canal – medically referred to as otitis externa, but more commonly known as “swimmer’s ear.” Unlike middle ear infections…

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  • Tools for School: Keep Cyberspace Safe

    08/10/2012 | Family CareReady, Set, School

    Bullying isn’t new, but the internet and text messaging has taken it to a whole new level. It might not be throwing a punch on the playground, but cyberbullying, or online name-calling, can have serious emotional consequences. In fact, Cyberbullying is extremely dangerous and can cause anxiety and depression.  In rare cases, it has even led to suicide. As a parent, what can you do? Since…

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  • Tools for School: Get Your Vaccinations

    08/08/2012 | Family CarePrimary CareReady, Set, School

    This is the second in a three part series this week that will give you some helpful back-to-school tools! It’s that time of year when kids need yearly physicals to make sure they’re in tip top shape to head back to school. While you’re there, don’t forget to ask if your child’s vaccines are up to date. It may be even more important than ever this year, due to a potential…

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  • Tools for School: Food for Thought

    08/06/2012 | Everyday WellnessHealthy EatingFamily CareReady, Set, School

    This is the first in a three part series this week that will give you some helpful back-to-school tools! We’ve all heard that certain foods can make kids smarter, and that’s true. Fish, for example, contains Omega 3, well known for its powers as “brain food.” But even beyond fish, children who routinely eat well-rounded, nutritious meals perform better in school. More importantly,…

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  • Kids’ Stomach Aches

    08/03/2012 | Family CarePrimary CareTreatmentsGastroenterology

    Tummy Trouble  Picture this: you’re all set to leave for the morning and one of your children announces, “I have a stomach ache!” Any parent of young children can relate to the confusing nature of children’s stomach pains. You may wonder: Is it serious? Just a stomach bug? Did they eat something that made them ill? Or are they just trying to get out of going to school?…

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  • Matt’s Story | Born at 22 Weeks With a Will to Survive

    09/22/2011 | Family CareCare for Newborns

    Born at 22 weeks and five days, Matt spent more than five months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Riley Hospital for Children. When Matt’s mom, Amy, went into labor just after the start of her 22nd week, his parents were told that their son had little chance of survival. Amy recalls one doctor saying, “We don’t really, at this point in time, have enough data to give you…

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