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Safety Uncategorized

Dry Drowning – What Parents Need to Know

I thought about calling this one “We’re drowning in dry drowning phone calls” because we are getting many worried calls about dry drowning, but that’s overly dramatic and I hate headlines that make things seem like the sky is falling… I had never heard of dry drowning until social media picked it up a couple […]

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Nutrition Weight Management

New Juice Guidelines!

Juice that comes from fruit is not the same thing as eating fruit. It’s missing the fiber and even the feeling of fullness that comes from eating foods rather than drinking. Too many kids drink excessive juice, which fills them with empty calories and can contribute to obesity and tooth decay. The American Academy of […]

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Allergies Medications Uncategorized

Itchy, sneezy, puffy… what can you do about allergies?

It’s allergy season! Prevention and treatment is important if you have seasonal allergies so you can enjoy the great outdoors. This is an update to a previous blog I wrote on the subject, since there are many more medicines now available over the counter. Symptoms of Allergies:  Allergies are more than just sneezing. They can […]

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Illnesses Safety Uncategorized Vaccines

Traveling Around the World

Spring Break is around the corner, which means many of my patients will be traveling to various areas of the world for vacation or mission trips. Many of these areas require vaccines prior to travel, so plan ahead and schedule a travel appointment with your doctor (if they do them) or at a travel clinic. […]

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Nutrition

Nutrition for the Picky Eater

I am frequently asked about how to get kids to eat, especially about how to ensure healthy nutrition for the picky eater. A few quick “rules” to healthy eating Don’t offer junk Don’t make it easily available at home… most kids can’t drive to the store! Hungry kids will eat what’s offered Let them get […]

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Illnesses Sore Throat

Guidelines for treatment of strep throat: Is it viral or strep?

New guidelines for treatment of strep throat were published in the Oxford Journals of Clinical Infectious Diseases this month.  They attempt to decrease the overuse of antibiotics to treat sore throats caused by a virus, since antibiotics are ineffective against viral illnesses. Streptococcus (AKA Strep) is a bacteria, and antibiotics do treat infections with Strep. […]