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Parenting Safety

7 Ways to Keep Kids from Wandering and Getting Lost

Some kids never leave their parent’s side when out and about, but others wander without concern and are at risk of getting lost. I’ve had one of each, so I know first hand how scary it is to have a wanderer. Many parents worry that their kids will be abducted, but the large majority of […]

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Injuries

8 Concussion Myths

Concussions are relatively common. Fortunately there have been campaigns to increase awareness, so more kids are being properly identified. There are still many myths related to concussion that need to be clarified. Common myths and misinformation about concussions: 1. A normal head CT means no concussion and a full return to play is okay. Concussions […]

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Infants Injuries Parenting Safety Vaccines

7 Vitamin K Myths Busted

Social media has allowed the sharing of misinformation about many things, especially medically related things. When the specifics of something are unknown to a person, pretty much anything that’s said can sound reasonable, so people believe what they hear. This happens with many things, such as vaccine risks, chelation, and vitamin K. I want to […]

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Ears Safety

Hearing Loss in Kids

Most of us associate hearing loss with old age, but it is increasingly common for children and teens to suffer from mild to moderate hearing loss. Nearly 15% of kids have hearing loss according to the CDC. Hearing loss can be due to many things that are difficult to control, such as heredity, infection, and medications. […]

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Allergies Ears Illnesses Parenting Safety Vaccines

Traveling with Kids

Many families travel when school’s out of session, which over the winter holiday season and spring break means traveling when illness is abound. I get a lot of questions this time of year about how to safely travel with kids. Traveling with kids can increase the level of difficulty, but it can be done safely […]

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Parenting Safety

Active Shooters: Reflections and Talking to Kids

Area flags are at half mast today as we are mourning the loss of innocent lives from another mass shooting at a Texas church over the weekend. We are sad for grieving families once again. What we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones from random violence and acts of hate? My generally safe town […]

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Exercise Nutrition Parenting Safety Sleep

Lead by Example

We’ve all heard the saying: kids will do what they’re shown, not as they’re told. Lead by example. It’s so true. Think about all the times your kids are watching you. They are learning from you. What can you do to help them have healthy habits? Eat your vegetables. Get daily exercise. Wear your seatbelt. […]

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Safety

It’s Back to School Time, Time to Think Safety!

Walking to school is wonderful for kids because they get exercise, which can help with focus at school and their overall health. It can be also be a time to talk with friends or family and build community bonds. As kids are heading back to school after the summer break, we must think about their […]

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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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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. […]