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Beyond the Mommy Wars

In the world of parenting, it’s easy to get caught in the crossfire of the “Mommy Wars.” This term, often used in social media and parenting circles, refers to the intense debates and judgments parents face over their childrearing choices. But let’s shift our...

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Caring for Your Newborn: An A to Z Guide

Symbolically, babies represent the dawn of possibilities, new adventures, and the promise of growth and discovery. Welcoming a newborn into your family is an experience filled with hope and joy, mirroring the fresh start that each New Year brings. While it’s a journey filled...

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Fall Family Fun List

Autumn has arrived. Spend quality time with your family this fall! Fall Family Fun List 🍂 Pumpkin Patch Adventure 🎃: Visit a local pumpkin patch, choose pumpkins to carve, and enjoy hayrides. Leaf Pile Jump 🍁: Rake up a big pile of colorful autumn...

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Building Children’s Self Sufficiency

As a parent or guardian, your ultimate goal is to raise capable, self-sufficient individuals who can confidently navigate the complexities of life. The teenage years are a critical period for fostering independence and preparing your teens for adulthood. In this blog, we share some...

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down syndrome

An Overview of Down Syndrome for Parents 

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects approximately 1 in every 700 babies born in the United States. It is caused by an extra copy of the 21st chromosome which results in physical and mental developmental delays. Individuals with Down syndrome often have...

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Colorful books 📚

February is a lot of people’s least favorite month. Even though it’s short it feels long. Part of that is that it usually is gray and rainy and dull. One way to avoid the February doldrums is to read some colorful books with your...

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Book Series to Read & Love

One of my family’s favorite vacations was to Iceland. The natural beauty was the main attraction, but I’ve also always felt a special place in my heart for Iceland, a country with many book lovers. They even have a unique holiday tradition, Jolabokaflod, where...

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Indoor Exercise Activities for Children

Exercise is essential all year long and an important part of both physical and mental well-being, but cold weather often keeps us indoors and less active in the winter. Unless there are extreme weather conditions or extenuating circumstances, playing outside in the winter is...

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Books Celebrating the Bond of Grandparents

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it usually means spending time with extended family. Holidays are an excellent time for children to connect and bond with grandparents and relatives living farther away. Whether traveling or hosting this year, these books are great...

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Performance Anxiety in Children

School children of any age can experience classroom-related performance anxiety. Parents and pediatricians are noticing more stress and anxiety symptoms in children than ever before. This anxiety can sometimes overlap with panic attacks, sleep disturbances, and depression. The pressure can come from well-meaning parents,...

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Beachy Books for Kids

Mid-Summer and many of us want to be at the beach enjoying the waves and sand. If you can’t go there yourself, the next best thing is sharing a great book about the beach with your kids. These picture books about the ocean are...

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Summer Travel Safety

Vacationing with kids can be a great adventure that allows family members to reconnect and strengthen their bonds. Summer break offers more opportunities for both short and long trips. The excitement that comes with the anticipation of upcoming travel can be short-lived when a...

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Understanding Your Teen’s Medical Rights

When your child gets older, their medical care is different than when they are young. As they reach puberty and their teenage years, the need for privacy increases, and their health and medical needs are no exception. Many young adults and teenagers are not...

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Sun Safety Tips for Kids

Skin cancer is the most preventable cancer there is today. It is also one of the fastest-growing cancers among adults, and it is rapidly increasing among children. The dangers of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation or UV light are well documented. Luckily, we can still...

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Books About Birds

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics One of the best parts about having kids is learning about the things they are interested in. One of my kids really loved birds when he was younger (so much so that...

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Books to Celebrate the Year of the Tiger

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics Happy New Year! Don’t worry, I’m not a month late…February ushered in the Lunar New Year in many Eastern countries. And in 2022 it also ushered in the Year of the Tiger....

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Is Your Teen Dating Safely?

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month. It is important to acknowledge that there are high rates of dating violence across the United States, and those numbers are only getting higher as the pandemic continues to take its toll. Dating violence impacts people of...

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Books to Celebrate National Hat Day

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics ​​I’m writing this on a well-known holiday in January. Of course I am talking about National Hat Day which is January 15th. No worries if you missed celebrating. You can still join...

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Books to Celebrate the Winter Season

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics Winter is here! It’s the perfect season for curling up with a good book and a big cup of hot chocolate. Here is a list of winter themed books that kids of...

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Books to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics It’s almost Thanksgiving, and at the top of my list of things to be thankful for is books! Here is a short list of some of my family’s favorite books to read...

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National STEM/STEAM Day

National STEM/STEAM Day is November 8th! November 8th is “National STEM/STEAM Day” – a day to encourage kids to explore and pursue their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in fun and engaging ways. The ultimate goal is to show kids that...

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Books to Celebrate National Pizza Month

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics You might think of pumpkins in October. Or candy corn. Or apples. But maybe what you should think of is pizza….October is National Pizza Month after all. Pizza is fun to eat...

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Baby Sleep Safety

Source  October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. More than 1 out of 3 sudden unexpected infant deaths that occur in the United States each year are from SIDS.  SIDS, also commonly referred to as “crib death,” is a sudden...

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Back-to-School Safety

This fall marks an exciting time across the country as many students return to in-person instruction for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Protecting children from the virus is undoubtedly the priority for most parents at this time, however it...

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Dog Days of Summer Books

reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics As I write this we are in the middle of the dog days of summer. (I just learned that saying comes from the Romans and refers to the brightness of Sirius (the...

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Gold Medal Books for Your Young Olympian

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics One of the things my family is most looking forward to this month is watching the Summer Olympics. I’ve always loved watching the Olympics and this year feels even more exciting after having...

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Books to Celebrate Father’s Day

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics Last month we featured books that celebrate mom…this month we’ll celebrate dad! Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney In this book, the father and son hares play the “I love you...

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Adventures in Summer Reading

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics Happy June and the beginning of summer! As we talked about last month, summer is a great time to encourage kids to read. And what’s better to read than books about kids...

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Books to Celebrate Mom

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics Mothers can be hard to find in children’s literature. My kids and I joke that you have to get the mothers (and fathers) out of the way somehow in order for all the...

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Funny Books for the Whole Family

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics Did you know that April is National Humor Month? It makes sense that this month kicks-off with April Fool’s Day (which I think can be fun but I’ve never been a fan of pranks...

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Gardening Books for Growing Kids

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics I have a confession to make: I have whatever kind of thumb is the opposite of a green thumb. I cannot keep any kind of flower alive and although I love the idea...

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Self-care for Parents

“Put your oxygen mask on first before assisting others.” Most of us have heard these words as we scramble to get ourselves situated before a flight. It is sage advice that should be incorporated into your daily life – not just inside the cabin...

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Girl Power: Women’s History Books for Kids

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics This month I have a collection of books to share for Women’s History Month in March. All of these books will introduce your kids to amazing women from history. I chose to...

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Too Sweet on Sugar?

February is American Heart Month, National Children’s Dental Month and, thanks to Valentine’s Day, it’s also one of the highest months of sugar consumption each year.  The average adult American eats about 17 teaspoons of added sugar a day, which is nearly double the recommended limit...

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Resilience as a Resolution

2020 has been a year of challenges and changes for our kids… and ourselves.  Physical distancing, remote learning, fear and uncertainty have taken a toll on our children’s emotional health and sense of well-being.  But the new year brings with it new hope and...

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The Best Book Series for Kids

It’s the time of gift-giving which often means books in our house. A great gift is the first book in a series that will then promise hours and hours of happy reading.The series below are all ones our family has enjoyed together. Many of...

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Science Books for Curious Kids

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics This fall, I’ve been sharing some books to use as supplements for schooling at home during this season when school looks different than the norm. This month we’ll look at my favorite...

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Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

With children spending more time online than ever, parents are struggling to ensure their safety from online predators and cyber bullies.  Reports of online child exploitation have risen since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.  43% of teens aged 13 to 17 report that...

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More Books to Make Math Fun!

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics I’m continuing to share some books we’ve used in our house as educational supplements. Last month we tackled reading and phonics. This month we’ll revisit some of my favorite books to use...

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Kids Mental Health During a Pandemic

Children and teens are experiencing unprecedented changes to their lives and routines during the COVID-19 pandemic.  These challenges can lead to feelings of sadness, anxiety, and stress.  While parents have received a lot of information on the physical effects of the disease and how...

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Children’s Books That Celebrate Diversity

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics Whew, it’s mid-June and 2020 has been quite a year! I think a lot of us have been thinking about the importance of talking to our kids about race and racism. Sometimes,...

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Books About Houses and Homes

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe during this unprecedented time. Since we’re all staying home a lot more than usual, why not explore all things related...

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Best Gardening Books for Kids

By Danielle Steinberg for PBS.org Inch by inch, row by row, learn to make your garden grow! Browse through these seed-filled reads and explore the outdoors through books. From Seed to Plant Gail Gibbons Age: 4-8 Hard to understand concepts like plant reproduction, seed dispersal,...

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All About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This is a trying time for us all.  As your trusted healthcare provider, we aim to be a helpful resource for you as you navigate your family’s health, wellness, and education during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Our Coronavirus landing page provides information about COVID-19, what...

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Learning From Home

Recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics I thought I’d depart from my usual book recommendations this month. With the coronavirus pandemic, many of you are faced with school closures and may be looking for resources for educational things to...

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Presidents’ Day Books for Kids

Book recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics February is a great time for reading about American history. It’s when we celebrate President’s Day and Black History Month. There are so many excellent books you can share with your kids....

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Family Fitness in February

February is National Heart Month and we’re reminded that heart disease — the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States — can be prevented through a healthy lifestyle.  The American Heart Association recommends that kids and teens (ages 6-17)...

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Awards Winning Children’s Books

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics Last January I shared a list of kid-approved books that have also won the coveted Newbery award for the most distinguished overall contribution in children’s literature. I thought I’d return to the...

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Raising Resilient Kids

Modern families experience tremendous amounts of stress.  Children and adolescents are especially susceptible to mounting pressures from academics, extracurriculars, and their peers. In today’s environment, children and teens need to develop strengths, acquire skills to cope, recover from hardships, and be prepared for future...

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Best Books to Give as Gifts

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics It’s the gift-giving season! Books are my favorite things to give and to receive. I thought instead of a general gift guide I’d share what I’m getting my own kids. Your kids...

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Books About Gratitude

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics Thanksgiving is possibly my favorite holiday. It’s (mostly) free from the commercial pressures of the bookends of Halloween and Christmas. It’s really all about eating good food, hanging out with family and...

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(Not So) Scary Stories to Read in the Dark

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics I have a confession to make. I’ve never been a big fan of Halloween. I’m just not someone who enjoys being scared or spooked. But my kids have always loved the holiday,...

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All About Sleep

Why Sleep is So Important Sleep is vital for everyone’s health — but especially for kids since it affects their mental and physical development and well-being.  Without sufficient sleep, children can experience increased irritability, stress, forgetfulness and decreased energy, focus/attention problems, troubles with memory...

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Favorite Fall Reads

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics September is here which means it’s fall. You may not believe it with the 90 degree days and sun…but just go to the store and look at all the pumpkin spice products...

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Minimizing Back-to-School Stress

Back-to-School is an exciting time of year, but also a stressful one for both parents and kids. Here are our recommendations for minimizing back-to-school stress and anxiety: Manage Expectations In a society that strives for perfectionism, we are bombarded with pressures to perform at...

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Back-to-School Books

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics If your family is like mine,  you are shocked to realize the summer is almost over and it’s time for school to begin. Starting school can be both exciting and terrifying for...

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Our Best Beach Books

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics Mid-Summer and many of us want to be at the beach enjoying the waves and sand. If you can’t go there yourself, the next best thing is sharing a great book about...

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Summer Water Safety Tips

One of the best things about warm weather is spending time in the water. Whether you’re at the lake, pool, beach, or water park, being in the water is the perfect way to cool off. But water poses a serious threat, especially to children. ...

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Summer Skin Care and Wellness

Now that school is almost out, your child will be spending more time in the great outdoors. Summer skin care is important at every age, so here are some tips and ideas to keep your children safe and healthy. HYDRATE! Your child’s skin needs...

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Build-Your-Own Summer Reading Program

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics May is here! If your family is like mine, May feels like a race to the finish line of the school year made more complicated by a seemingly never-ending list of spring activities....

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Medicaid Notice

Important Notice: As of June 1, 2019, our practice will be open to the following Medicaid products only: Anthem HealthKeepers Plus (Medicaid MCO) Virginia Premier Health Plan (Medicaid MCO) Please check your Medicaid Insurance ID card to verify that you are enrolled in one...

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Controlling Screen Time

An entire generation is growing up with internet-enabled devices, and many parents wonder how they should be controlling screen time. A 2017 Common Sense Media survey showed 70 percent of parents said they’re concerned about the amount of time their kids spend using digital...

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Poetry for Kids

April is National Poetry Month! It’s a great time to read poetry with kids. Maybe you have never been a poetry lover or your kids think poetry is boring. Give some of these books a try…they just might change your mind. Hailstones and Halibut Bones by...

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Snow White and Seasonal Allergies

Grumpy, Sneezy and Sleepy may be names of Snow White’s dwarves, but they’re also signs your child may be suffering from seasonal allergies.  Read on to learn how to differentiate allergies from illness, and whether or not your child needs to be seen by...

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Books About Math

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics March is the beginning of spring which means bunnies and flowers and cute baby animals. And of course, it is also one of the best holidays of the year….pi day (3/14 to...

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March into Spring Fitness

Spring is the perfect time to STEP UP your fitness routine.  It’s time to move those feet!   First, you’ll need to purchase pedometers so you can track your progress, have fun adding to your step numbers, and celebrate your success! It doesn’t have to...

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The Spring Step Challenge 2019

It’s time to get stepping! Join Farrell and South Riding Pediatrics in our annual step challenge from April 1-30. The top three children or adolescent finishes will receive $50 towards their favorite athletic brand or store! Anyone who meets the Super Stepper goal...

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Books for Mystery Lovers

February is a short month full of what feels like long cold days. Nothing is better on one of those endless winter days than a cozy mystery. Kids like mysteries and puzzles as much as adults. Here are some of great books for your...

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Kid Approved Newbery Winners

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics January is an exciting month in the world of children’s literature. Mid-January the top awards in children’s literature are announced. These awards include the Caldecott award (for the most distinguished picture book)...

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Books About Snow

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of our sister practice, Farrell Pediatrics If your kids are like most kids, they love snow. Since we haven’t seen much of the white stuff yet this winter in Virginia, here are some great snow and winter themed...

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Books for Babies

Reading recommendations from Dr. Alice Mar of Farrell Pediatrics Reading to kids is one of the best things you can do as a parent. Reading helps with language development, boosts vocabulary, and builds early literacy skills. Plus, it’s fun! It’s never too early to...

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Nutrition in November

With cold weather comes comfort food. As the temperature drops, healthy eating can be an increasing challenge. We’ve put together some tips for how to help keep your children’s nutrition on track this winter: Avoid the Obstacles Food is at the center of...

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Cold & Flu Guide

It’s that time of year again. The kids are back in school one minute and the next, home sick with the sniffles or worse, the flu. Seasonal influenza is a virus that infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs). The flu season...

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Back to School: ABC Basics

It’s official — school is back in session! We’ve put together the ABCs of keeping your kids thriving academically, socially, and physically this school year. Avoiding Illness Germs loving running amuck through classrooms, but good hand-washing can help prevent infections from spreading. Encourage your...

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A Safe Summer is a Fun Summer

With the start of summer break, children are excited for the outdoor activities that await. Make sure you’re ready for a summer full of enjoyable memories by preparing your family for a safe summer! FUN IN THE SUN Summer means sunshine and good times!...

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Vaccine Q&A

We get a lot of questions about vaccines from parents. Here are some answers to some of the most common questions. Why should I vaccinate my child?  The use of vaccines has led to major improvements in child health over a relatively short period....

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Bedwetting Q&A

We get parents’ concerns about bedwetting all the time. Why is scolding/punishing ineffective when it comes to your child wetting the bed? Nighttime bedwetting is often a physiological symptom of the simple fact that many kids’ bladders are not large enough to hold urine...

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Q&A with Our Doctors

Recently we sat down and answered some of the most pressing questions we get from parents. What are important cognitive milestones for my one year old? One-year- olds are curious about most everything and try hard to explore the world around them. A typical...

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