Preventing Winter Sports Injuries in Children

Whether it is sledding, skiing, snowboarding or ice-skating, winter activities allow children to explore the outdoors in a way that no other season can offer. When your children suit up in their winter gear and head out in the snow, make sure you plan ahead so they remain injury-free this winter. In 2013, more than...
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The best way to administer children’s medication

Imagine this. It’s 1 o’clock in the morning. You have to get up at 6:30 and your child hasn’t slept at all. He’s coughing and feels terrible. With sleepy-eyed desperation you shuffle to the medicine cabinet to get your wee one some cough medicine to help him feel better. In this time of distress you...
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Holiday coping tips for fractured families

Holidays can be stressful under the best of circumstances. Throw in a separation or a divorce, and you’ve got ingredients for misery. But child psychiatrist Julius Earle, Jr., MD, has tips to help fractured families better cope through the holidays.
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Vaccines for infants and young children

Last year, around this time, I wrote a blog called Vaccines for your Teenager. In this blog, I want to talk more about the vaccines that help protect infants and younger children. I find that many parents are overwhelmed and not sure what shots their kids need or what diseases they help protect against. It...
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Sudden cardiac death in children

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is defined as an abrupt, unexpected death due to a cardiovascular cause. Death typically occurs within minutes to 1 hour of the onset of symptoms. If the individual is successfully resuscitated, it is called “aborted sudden cardiac death.”
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Summer sun safety for kids

Summer is finally here! Families are ready to spend their days outside swimming, playing on the beach, picnicking at the lake or just hanging out together in the yard. With so many fun activities, don’t forget to take care of your child’s skin. Most of us worry only about sunburn, but too much sun exposure...
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Vaccines for your teenager

When you think of vaccines, do you think of the shots that your little one got starting in infancy? It seems like every checkup comes with shots for a while. For most parents, getting that final set of shots at 4 or 5 years old before kindergarten starts seems to be a milestone. It sometimes...
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Why are well visits important for my child?

This is a question that I often hear in my office. Many parents seem to think a checkup is just to get caught up on shots. Some parents feel like the pediatrician’s office is just for when their child is sick. These are just a few of the common misconceptions. Well-child visits help pediatricians (and...
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Gift do’s – and don’ts – for children with ADHD

Some simple tips can guide parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD) through a jungle of toys beckoning holiday shoppers online and on store shelves. Frederick List, PhD, child psychologist at Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System, has advice on what gifts to get—or NOT to get—and the answers could save parents, family...
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