Pediatrics

| Posted On Oct 11, 2016 | By:

The Impact of Screens on Children’s Eyesight

Parents often ask about electronic devices and their effects on vision, as many children are spending a significant part of their day on smartphones, tablets, e-readers, laptops, etc. Parents are often concerned that increased screen usage may make their child nearsighted (myopia is the medical term) and result in their child needing glasses.

These parental concerns are particularly important today as a National Eye Institute (NEI) study has found that the prevalence of myopia in the United States increased 66 percent between 1971-1972 and 1999-2004.

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| Posted On Sep 15, 2016 | By:

Get Your Flu Shot Today! Walk-in Flu Clinics and Appointments Available!

Influenza, sometimes simply called “flu,” is a serious illness. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Therefore, the single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. To learn more about this flu season and what you need to know, please visit the CDC website.

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| Posted On Jul 07, 2016 | By:

5 Things You Need to Know about Infants

In the summer of 2013 when my first child was about 6 months old, I was back to work and finally starting to feel like I had a handle on this “parenting thing.” And then it happened – he got sick. My husband and I were up all night with a vomiting, feverish infant. When 6am rolled around, we found ourselves at a decision point as to who was going to call out of work to stay home – I volunteered.

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| Posted On Feb 04, 2016 | By:

When do your child’s behavioral issues mean something else?

The first months of school inevitably require adjustment for any child; a new teacher, a new classroom dynamic, new rules & expectations and new things to learn – that’s a lot of new all at once for a child to process. But what if the troubles don’t seem to be getting easier, and your child is still having trouble paying attention for long periods of time? How you do know when it is something more serious,

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| Posted On Nov 05, 2015 | By:

The Importance of Portions

At this month’s SMArt Kids share medical appointment (SMA), we learned how very imPORTant PORTions are!

Last month, the SMArt Kids learned the importance of preparing a healthy breakfast, and in October, we added to our healthy eating knowledge and focused on keeping portions appropriate for the kids’ ages and nutritional needs. This is not an easy task at home or when eating out. But the answer is right at your child’s fingertips…literally!

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| Posted On Oct 22, 2015 | By:

How to Have a Healthier Halloween

The fall season is upon us, and with it comes cooler weather, football season, apple picking and of course, Halloween. Children can’t wait to dress up in the season’s most popular costumes (how many Queen Elsa’s will there be this year?) and go door to door in search of sweet treats. And, we have to admit, parents are equally excited about looting their child’s candy bag later that evening.

However, the sugar high,

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| Posted On Oct 20, 2015 | By:

SMArt Kids Eat Breakfast

Back to school mornings too busy for you? No time for a healthy breakfast? Well, the reality is that skipping breakfast can be a bad idea and can actually lead to weight gain, not weight loss. But don’t swing by the drive-thru for an Egg McMuffin, a Dunkin Donuts egg wrap or Burger King’s Double Croissan’wich – instead make a healthy delicious egg sandwich at home, thanks to the recipe below from our SMArt Kid’s nutritionist,

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| Posted On Oct 07, 2015 | By:

Helpful or Harmful? Technology in the classroom

Children are carrying more than the traditional notebooks, pencils and papers in their backpacks these days. As education moves into the 21st century, schools are embracing new ways of learning through technologies such as computers, tablets and other devices. These developments have sparked debate about exposing children to added screen time in the classroom. Isn’t “screen time” supposed to be “bad?” Do these new approaches to learning help or hurt our students?

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| Posted On Sep 23, 2015 | By:

Caring for Your Newborn

Expecting your first child? While your list of baby names may be short, your to do list certainly is not. It seems as if there are a million things you need (how can someone so small need so much stuff!), from diapers to portable bath tubs to tiny onesies, as well as cribs and strollers and car seats. Oftentimes, the excitement of preparing for baby is mixed with the realization that you actually need to use all of these things properly,

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| Posted On Sep 16, 2015 | By:

E-cigarettes and Kids: A Harmful Combination

Despite very successful anti-tobacco campaigns over the past several years that have greatly diminished cigarette use among tweens and teens, e-cigarettes and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) products are rising quickly in popularity. In 2014, survey results found more teens used e-cigarettes than regular cigarettes: 9% of 8th graders, 16% of 10th graders, and 17% of 12th graders used e-cigarettes, compared to 4%, 7%, and 14% for regular cigarettes, respectively.

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