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Does it feel like you are on a roller coaster with your teen? Puberty can be a seemingly endless soiree of ups and downs. One minute your child is happy, and the next, in tears. What is up? Here are eight tips to help you navigate through this tenuous time and hopefully come out having […]

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If your kids are anything like most, they are probably bouncing off the walls a bit right now due to a deficit in physical activity.  It has been a very long and challenging year, but thankfully, it appears that some light in the darkness is nearing. The final impact of physical distancing on our youth […]

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Across the nation, pediatricians have experienced a significant decrease in the number of patients they see each day. Despite illnesses such as RSV, flu, cold, and strep throat, many people are avoiding the pediatrician (and other healthcare providers’) offices unless a visit is necessary.  Not going to the pediatrician means kids aren’t receiving the vaccinations […]

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You’ve undoubtedly heard that our body uses the food we eat as energy. That’s why it is so important to eat the right foods – so we have sustained energy and the nutrients needed to fuel our activities. But what about in a body that has diabetes and more specifically, diabetes in children?  Diabetes is […]

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Your baby is the apple of your eye, and when it comes time to introduce solid foods, you have a lot of questions. The desire to help your kids get off to the right start nutritionally is priority one. After months of super nutritious breastmilk (or formula), the idea of introducing solids is exciting…and scary. […]

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Ahh, the sunshine. It is packed full of a vitamin critical for building strong bones. But when the cold weather arrives, our ability to pull vitamin D from the sun drastically decreases. So we give our kids lots of milk and cheese to bridge the gap. However, that isn’t enough for everyone. Research suggests that […]

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Psychiatric diagnoses are made in a unique way, as psychiatric providers are unable to obtain objective tests like lab work or MRI’s in order to make a diagnosis. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) publishes a diagnostic manual used by practitioners to make psychiatric diagnoses. This manual is called the DSM. A few years ago the […]

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Every year we share information about that year’s flu vaccine. As pediatric providers, we believe wholeheartedly in the importance of receiving the vaccine for influenza, and this year is no exception. This year, it is even more critical for families to act early in getting their family vaccinated. First and foremost, when you are exposed […]

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Suicide – something no one wants to think about, but every parent should talk about it.  Many believe that if you mention suicide, you plant the idea, but this is not the case. Some things should never be swept under the rug. Open communication can be challenging for some teens and parents. However, identifying age-appropriate […]

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Well-child examinations are essential for several reasons, but one reason, in particular, is gaining special attention: developmental and behavioral surveillance. For the first time in twelve years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its clinical recommendation on autism spectrum disorder.  Research has shown that early identification of developmental delays allows the quicker implementation […]

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More women are coming forward to share their personal experiences and struggles with breastfeeding. At Rainbow Pediatrics, we believe that breastfeeding is the best way to nourish a growing baby. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommend that infants be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of their life. […]

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When a baby is born, friends and family gather to celebrate the new arrival. However, that was before COVID-19. Today, many new moms are struggling with loneliness, exhaustion, and fear.  Without a social support system to lend a hand, many feel emotionally and physically overwhelmed.  Outside of the apparent need to safeguard against COVID, new […]

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Summer is usually a time for camps, trips to the pool, sleepovers, and listening to the joyful sounds of kids giggling outside while playing. But this year is different. This year, most camps are closed. Pools aren’t open, and sleepovers aren’t permitted. Making matters even more challenging for working families: daycares aren’t open.  Back in […]

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The recent events surrounding racial discrimination have caused a cacophony of sounds from people on both sides of the argument. While the adults fight for injustices near and far, children are left with a myriad of feelings.  Understanding racism and its effect on children is critical for parents, teachers, and everyone. The fact of the […]

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Scoliosis is a common spine condition that is most often diagnosed during adolescence. Scoliosis occurs when the vertebrae form a curve as opposed to being straight. While small curves do not usually cause a problem, they can worsen.  There are approximately 3 million new cases diagnosed each year in the United States. While there are […]

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New research and media coverage surrounding the mysterious illness affecting children and adolescents have many parents rapt with concern.  It is called Multisystem Inflammatory Disorder in Children, or MIS-C, and while around 220 confirmed or suspected cases had been reported, the latest research indicates it may be connected with COVID-19. North Carolina is actively monitoring […]

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Breathing is something we take for granted until it becomes difficult to do. For people living with asthma, it can feel like your chest is being squeezed, causing shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing.  In children, asthma often appears before a child is five years of age. It is the single most common chronic lung […]

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Many parents are avoiding the pediatrician’s office due to concerns about COVID-19. This means well-child appointments are being postponed, and necessary pediatric immunizations aren’t being administered on time. Public health experts warn that collateral damage from the current crisis epidemic could show up as outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles and whooping cough.  National […]

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Too much of a good thing can be a little overwhelming.  The current health pandemic has given us many things to be concerned about but has also provided many things for which to be thankful. Despite this, many families are struggling in search of some semblance of normalcy and peace amid the chaos. Fear and […]

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Depending on the age of your children, the isolation caused by COVID-19 can cause feelings that are both positive and negative. It can be hard to watch kids who usually are very active sit still in front of screens for many hours of the day. With access to gyms closed and access to parks limited, […]

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