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Dealing with Homesickness: It’s Not About Home

04/14/2015 | Everyday WellnessSafety & PreventionFamily Care

With summer on the horizon, children look forward to overnight camps, sleepovers and more. Spending the night away from home can cause some children to become homesick. What exactly does it mean to be homesick?  The Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics defines homesickness as “distress and functional impairment caused by an actual or anticipated separation from home and attachment objects such as parents.” When a child begins to feel homesick, they don’t miss their…

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Learning the Subtle Signs of Childhood Depression

04/14/2015 | Mental Health

It may seem odd to hear that children can suffer from depression, but the reality is it’s true. Childhood depression most commonly occurs in those aged 12 years or older, but that does not mean it can’t manifest even earlier. Childhood depression is most common in boys under the age of 10; however by 16 years old, young women have a greater incidence of depressive behavior. Symptoms can occur over time and fluctuate, so it is important to monitor your child’s fluctuations in mood…

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What to Look For in a Pediatrician

04/08/2015 | Family CarePrimary Care

Whether you’re welcoming your first child into the world or somewhere new, the process of finding the right pediatrician for your child can be stressful and time consuming. There are a few simple guidelines you can follow to help ease your worries and give you peace-of-mind. Start Early If you’re expecting your first child, it’s best to go on the search for a pediatrician as early as your second trimester. When doing this, it would be to your advantage to ask around. Your ob-gyn,…

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What to Do After the Game: Post-Activity Health Tips for Children

04/06/2015 | Everyday WellnessPlay and Exercise

Involving children in sports is a great way to get them active so that they can develop physically and socially. But after the final whistle blows there are some important steps to take to ensure your child stays healthy. Fluids No matter the sport or season, your young athlete will need fluids-plain and simple. During physical activity, your child will sweat a lot, reducing their hydration and nutrient level. Chocolate milk and water are two excellent options to hydrate after a practice or game.…

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What is My Teen Talking About When She Says She Wants a “Thigh Gap?”

03/31/2015 | Everyday WellnessMental Health

The urge to be thin among young girls has been a feature of our society for some time now. Thin models are on display on nearly every magazine cover, TV commercial, and billboard a teen is likely to come across in her day-to-day life. The pressure to maintain a slim figure can be overwhelming for a young girl. The latest fad amongst slimness-obsessed teens is the term “thigh gap.” What is a thigh gap? A thigh gap is quite literally the space between a woman’s thighs. The idea is…

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