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Monday, March 19, 2018

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Going to college with chronic medical conditions

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For kids in college with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or depression, finding new health resources can be tough. According to a new study to be released in the November 2014 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), 20 percent of students attend college with chronic medical conditions, yet […]

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Buying and selling ADHD drugs: What to tell kids

Nearly 23 percent of children and teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who use stimulant medications are approached to buy, sell or trade ADHD drugs, according to a new study published in the July 2014 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). According to the AAP, ADHD affects approximately 8 percent of children […]

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How effective is the rotavirus vaccine for diarrhea?

Beware the rotavirus. It’s a nightmare of a contagious gastro illness, causing tummy aches, vomiting, diarrhea and the threat of dehydration in babies, toddlers and young children. Before the vaccine was implemented in 2006, rotavirus infections were commonplace; all children in the U.S. had at least one rotavirus infection before their fifth birthday. Before 2006, […]

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Can bullying cause nightmares? 

You detect some subtle changes in your child’s behavior. Something doesn’t seem right, especially when the talk turns to what is happening at school with friends. This has been going on for weeks. Recently, your child has awakened during the night, appears upset and agitated and has trouble going back to sleep. What’s going on? A new […]

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Poison ivy in Arizona?

Just thinking about it makes me feel itchy. Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac cause an allergic skin reaction that creates an uncontrollable urge to scratch, scratch, scratch. The urushiol oil on the leaves of poison ivy and oak plants enters the skin and causes havoc. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about […]

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Which came first? Fussy kids and smartphones

Here’s today’s chicken-or-the-egg question about fussy kids and smartphones: Your child is fussy. You find that your smartphone works well in providing a distraction. That buys you some time to get something done. You end up using the smartphone and other devices to calm your little one more than you probably should. That’s the egg […]

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Strength training for kids lowers heart disease risk

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You’ve got a child whose weight is inching up. Maybe diabetes or heart disease runs in the family. You’re concerned. You’ve tried to get your child to get off the couch and go for a walk, or join a soccer or flag football team—anything to encourage movement and cardiovascular exercise. Have you thought about strength […]

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Got health insurance for kids? Affordable Care Act deadline is March 31

Is your family covered? Do you know anyone who needs health care coverage? Numerous gaps still exist in healthcare coverage for children in Arizona. A lack of parental knowledge or ability to navigate the health coverage enrollment process can prevent many children from receiving healthcare coverage. Elizabeth Homans McKenna, MD, of Healing Hearts Pediatrics, says many […]

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Parenting and the use of smartphones

Let me go on the record here as a mom who spent countless hours caring for my four children as they grew from babies, to toddlers, to preschoolers and beyond. Yes, it was fascinating and terrific and so very precious. I loved doing it and I’m grateful for every single moment. But it was also […]

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For pediatric patients, skip the retail clinics

You’re late for work. Or you’re getting ready to go on vacation. Or you’re traveling, far from home. Your child gets sick. Is it an ear infection? Could it be strep? Kids can pick the most inconvenient times and places to get sick. For those times when access to a child’s regular doctor isn’t easy, […]

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