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My daughter and her friend were talking in the car last week about a girl in their circle who they believe has bulimia. They spoke about how they have talked with her about their concerns to no avail and were curious about what they should do next. They didn’t want to compromise their friend’s trust […]

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Kindness counts. But sometimes it seems that no matter how much we instill the importance of being kind into our children, they are forced to face adversity. How we and they handle adversity is much different than years ago.  Bullies have been around for thousands of years. Recently, however, we have begun to see the […]

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It is that time of the year again. Time to make the annual trek to the doctor’s office to help reduce the risk of getting the flu this season. Here are the top eleven answers to questions or concerns most parents have about the flu and the 2019/2020 flu vaccine.  Have there been cases of […]

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Calcium builds strong bones. We get it.  For kids, however, getting enough calcium is critical because their bones are developing and getting enough early in life helps protect them from bone loss as they age. In addition, calcium (and vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium) can help prevent Rickets, which is a disease […]

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One in six children in the United States has been diagnosed with obesity. In North Carolina, childhood obesity rates are continuing to climb. According to the State of Obesity, current data shows over 13% of 10 to 17-year-olds and 15% of high school kids being obese and 15% of 2 to 4-year-olds are obese as […]

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When it comes to sports, today’s youth are much more involved than 30 years ago. Almost 70% of kids participate in individual and group sports. This is wonderful news on the heels of an obesity crisis as exercise helps kids better manage their weight. The challenge, however, is that kids are specializing in sports at […]

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Breastfeeding is a special time for bonding and nurturing that moms should embrace if possible. It is also a time for learning as each child nurses differently and can pose different challenges. Here are some of the most common breastfeeding challenges moms face and how to overcome them. Poor latching – Latching refers to the […]

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Wellness exams are an essential part of managing ongoing health. For kids, they are especially critical. That is why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends a specific schedule for wellness exams for children. They also note that some children with developmental, psychosocial or chronic disease may need to be seen by a pediatrician more […]

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You LimitWe fondly remember the “good ole days” before cell phones and other technological advancements began vying for our time and attention. But some advances in technology are meant to make our lives more simple. Babies can now be monitored without leaving the couch or bed via a live camera poised directly over their crib. […]

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Infection and disease have an interesting effect on the human body: inflammation. This can be a wonderful thing because healing isn’t possible without an inflammatory response, but when it comes to pediatric mental health, too much of a good thing isn’t so good. Depression, according to a Duke University study, is likely to contribute to […]

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Summer is in full swing with warm weather and sunshine that beckons us to go outside and play. Even the most diligent sunscreen-applying parents will face treating a sunburn at some point or another. It can be downright frustrating, painful, and disheartening to discover a sunburn along the bathing suit lines or in that little […]

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Have you ever noticed that your allergies are worse after a rainstorm? When our cars are coated with yellow pollen, we look forward to the rain washing it away. But before that happens, pollen particles burst open and release more particles into the air. As rain switches to sun, plants release more pollen, thanks to […]

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Suzanne’s perfect baby boy’s little bottom looks like someone ran their fingernails across it. His diaper rash is so bad Suzanne doesn’t know how her baby tolerates wearing a diaper. If you have ever been in this situation you can appreciate the concern Suzanne feels. Knowing remedies for preventing and treating diaper rash can help […]

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Disruption in the classroom is often attributed to behavior problems or poor parenting, but it may actually stem from the inability to see the blackboard (or whiteboard). An article by NBC News notes that poor vision is one of the five primary reasons why kids drop out of school. The American Academy of Pediatrics names […]

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When it comes to our kids, some parents know when something isn’t right. And when it comes to autism, receiving a diagnosis after months or even years of suspicion reaffirms this instinct. For others, the signs aren’t as clear for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the child doesn’t show characteristic signs or the parents do […]

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We want our kids to share. We proclaim the importance of it. But when it comes to sharing, there are a few exceptions. This includes conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye. Viral and Bacterial Conjunctivitis Explained There are several types of pink eye, but the one that can wreak havoc in schools are viral and […]

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Most parents would agree that sleeping well and having a baby doesn’t go hand in hand. While the sleep disturbances that parents experience are challenging, they are also temporary. The most effective way to ensure good sleep habits are formed is to begin early. Here are some tips to help you better understand infant sleep […]

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Look around your kid’s school or sports team. Now count each child or teen, one through five, repeating until you have counted them all. Every fifth person should stand apart from the others. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, as many as 20% or 1 in 5 teens experience depression at some point during […]

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Immunizations are a safe and effective way to prevent many diseases. Since vaccines were developed, the number of disease outbreaks in the US has plummeted. Pockets of outbreaks can occur when people who are healthy choose not to vaccinate. For a small percentage of our population, the MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine is not […]

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Proper nutrition is critical for a growing baby. We believe that breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for infants, but realize that some parents are unable to feed their child this way. Formula is a safe alternative to breastfeeding. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends iron-fortified formulas that are made from cow’s milk. Cow’s […]

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