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Preventing 5 Common Childhood Health Issues

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 29, 2018 8:00:00 AM

As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is certainly true with many common childhood illnesses. Things as simple as handwashing and drinking fluids can go a long way toward prevention.

Here’s what you can do minimize the impact of five common childhood issues: urinary tract infections, earaches, sore throats, skin infections, and the common cold. Of course, always consult a doctor for recommendations specific to your child’s health situation.

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Topics: Pediatrics

Understanding Pinkeye: Common Questions From Parents

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Sep 29, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Pinkeye can be highly contagious. If your child or someone in your family has pinkeye, consult a family doctor or ophthalmologist. It’s important to determine exactly what’s going on, and what steps you should take to manage it.

Here are some common questions parents have about pinkeye in children.

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Topics: Pediatrics

How to Keep Your Child Safer This Summer

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on May 15, 2018 8:49:00 AM

Summer time is fun time - and, unfortunately, injury time - for kids.

More than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger in the United States are injured in playground-related accidents during the summer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Emergency rooms and pediatricians most commonly see concussions, broken bones, cuts and burns from tumbles and other accidents while playing outside with friends or in youth sports programs.

Young people also get hurt from lawnmowers, barbecue grills and fall hazards.

Does that mean you need to keep them safe by enfolding them in bubble wrap confining them to their rooms? Of course not. Children need to run and play to keep their bodies and minds healthy.

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Topics: Safety, Pediatrics

Does My Teen Still Need Well-Child Visits?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 24, 2018 1:00:00 PM

The number of U.S. kids receiving well-child care has increased in the past 10 years. An estimate from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed that the rate of children age 10 to 17 who did not receive a well-child checkup in the past year dropped from 31 to 21 percent.

That’s great news. It means an increasing number of tweens and teens are getting preventive health care. Having good childhood care bodes well for lifelong health.

Wondering whether your teenager still needs well-child visits? Here are some compelling reasons why they do.

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Topics: Pediatrics

My Child Has a Big Bruise. Should We See a Doctor?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 10, 2018 10:00:00 PM

Most bruises aren’t a big deal. They’re the body’s natural reaction to an impact. Blood cells from deep within the skin collect near the surface, becoming visible as a red, purple, blue, or black discoloration. Some bruises even look yellow or green as they heal.

As a parent, it can be hard to know how your child has gotten every bump and bruise. When you discover a large bruise, your child may or may not be able to describe the cause depending on their age.

Here’s a closer look at bruises and when to head to the doctor’s office.

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Topics: Pediatrics

What are the Normal Side Effects of Vaccines?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 1, 2018 10:00:00 PM

Vaccines are an important part of preventive health care. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) maintains a helpful list of vaccines that are recommended for people at all stages of life, from birth to advanced age.

After receiving a vaccine, you or your child may experience mild side effects. Let’s take a closer look at which side effects are normal, and which should make you call your doctor.

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Topics: Pediatrics

5 Facts about Kids’ Fevers and When to Call a Doctor

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 26, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Almost every parent has felt the panic that accompanies a rising fever. As your child’s temperature creeps up, it’s hard to know whether to call a doctor. Is it just a little cold? Is it a sign of something more serious?

Here are five facts about fevers that will help you make a judgment call about seeking further care. Of course, it never hurts to go ahead and call the doctor for advice!

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Topics: Pediatrics

‘Tis the Season for Stomach Bugs

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 6, 2017 12:58:31 PM

Did you know “stomach flu” isn’t flu at all? Gastroenteritis, which affects the stomach and intestines, is not related to influenza, a virus of the respiratory system.

It goes by many names. Whether you call it the stomach flu, an upset stomach, a stomach bug, or the winter vomiting flu, it has symptoms we all recognize: abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, and a low-grade fever. When these symptoms arise, they can last between 12 hours and 10 days. It can feel like an eternity for a sick child - and their parents!

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Topics: Pediatrics

Tips to Maintain Your Child's Healthy Weight

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 3, 2016 3:39:29 PM

The alarms are sounding – and not the ones heard on your child’s video game.

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 30 years, according to the Center for Disease Control. More than one third of today’s children younger than 12 are considered overweight or obese.

Not only are these children at risk for heart disease and diabetes in their adult lives, chances are their health is at risk today, the CDC points out. The American Health Association says that childhood obesity is now the No. 1 health concern among parents – topping drug abuse and smoking.

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Topics: Pediatrics, Weight Loss

Safe Sleep Practices Protect Your Infant

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 2, 2016 4:19:44 PM

Your infant’s health and safety are your top priorities as a new parent.

You do everything in your power to keep them warm and comfortable. In those early months, however, you must be careful when placing them down for their naps or overnight sleep.

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Topics: Infants, Pediatrics