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What We Know About Smoking and Covid-19

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 19, 2020

Maybe you are taking all precautions possible to prevent the infection of Covid-19. Maybe you are wearing a mask while in the public, staying socially distant from others and washing your hands often.

But if you are a smoker, have you considered stopping to reduce the risk of getting or having complications from the coronavirus?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.

We don’t know exactly, yet, the correlation between smoking and COVID-19. But this is certain at this time, according to Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC:

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Topics: COVID-19

What You Should Do to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 17, 2020

The Coronavirus COVID-19 infection continues to rapidly spread locally, nationally and internationally. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Indiana State Department of  Health are working 24/7 to deal with the pandemic, while also educating the public about the disruptions to our daily lives.

We should continue to treat this matter seriously as we see the infection grow in our communities.

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The Whys and Hows of Wearing a Mask During the Pandemic

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 15, 2020

While the benefits of wearing a mask during the Covid-19 outbreak has been politically controversial, the science is clear.

The mask, when worn by everyone while in the public, is an important tool in the fight against this pandemic.

There were many unknowns in the initial wave of this health crisis. Researchers were uncertain whether a mask protected people from the airborne drops containing the coronavirus.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initially said wearing masks was essential in preventing people who were infected with coronavirus — whether they know it or not — from spreading it to others.

New research touted by the CDC now indicates the wearer gets some protection, too. We know now that wearing one in the public helps protect everyone.

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Topics: COVID-19

How to Cope With Your Picky Eater

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 5, 2020

One of the most common frustrations for parents is when they have a picky eater on their hands. How common is it for a child to be considered a picky eater? In a study of 120 children who were studied from the age of 2 to 11, up to 22% of them were labeled a picky eater at one stage or another in their development. 

Picky eating typically means that a child refuses to eat certain foods often or insists on eating the same foods over and over. While picky eating usually peaks in the toddler and preschool years, sometimes it can carry over into adulthood as well. 

Parents may worry that their picky eater is not getting adequate nutrition for their growth and development, but in most cases, he is. However, it’s still important to address the issue in order to avoid nightly power struggles at the dinner table, not to mention the possibility that your child might develop a limited diet that could last their entire life. 

If you find yourself at your wit’s end with your child when it comes to meal time, here are eight  things you can do (and avoid) to help broaden your child’s diet.

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How to Motivate Your Kids to Be Active During the Winter

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 5, 2020

Pretty soon, most of us are going to be moving into the time of year when days get shorter, weather becomes colder and unpredictable, and opportunities for going outside to be active diminish rapidly. 

Even though the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 60 minutes of activity a day for children, Covid-19 has definitely thrown a wrench into those plans. This winter looks like it will be particularly challenging for parents since the pandemic has moved a lot of PE classes online and taken away their much-needed recess.

While you may be confined indoors for long stretches this winter, there are still a lot of ways you can encourage your child to stay active for their physical and emotional well-being. Here are a few of the “out of the box” ways you can motivate your child to keep moving and stay healthy at this critical time.

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Tips for Helping Your Kids Sleep Better

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 4, 2020

Everyone knows that getting adequate sleep is essential for good health no matter your age. However, it’s especially important for children to get enough good, quality sleep for their growth and development. 

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, only 48% of children in the United States are getting the recommended nine hours of sleep most nights. What can this lack of sleep cause down the road? According to the Centers for Disease Control, not getting enough sleep could put your child at risk for Type 2 diabetes, poor mental health and attention problems. 

The good news is that there are a lot of things you can do to make sure your child is getting the recommended amount of good sleep every night. Here are some of our best tips for making sure your child gets to sleep quickly and stays asleep through the night.

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How to Help Your Child’s Mental Health During the Pandemic

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 4, 2020

Being a parent is difficult on the best of days. However, during a pandemic, it might be one of the most overwhelming jobs you have. Many parents are struggling with figuring out the new territory of challenges while also trying to create a sense of normalcy for their children when life is far from normal. 

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

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 23, 2020

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

Fevers Actually Help Sick Children Get Better

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 23, 2020

When a child's fever spikes, so does a parent's worrying.

New parents especially become alarmed and tend to panic a bit when their child's forehead feels hot and a quick check of the thermometer reads above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

While a fever can be concerning, most fevers are good for sick children. Fevers help the body fight infections.

Parents should monitor their children when they register a fever, and generally follow these guides for action:

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Topics: Pediatrics

Even in the Midst of a Pandemic, Get Your Flu Shot

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Oct 1, 2020

Even though efforts are focused on the Covid-19 pandemic, influenza remains a real danger in Central Indiana this fall and winter. More than 110 Hoosiers died of flu last season.

That's why you should make every effort to get your flu shot. Health care providers, including those practicing at Johnson Memorial Health, are taking precautions to make certain you get your vaccinations safely.

Here are answers to key questions about the flu shot:

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Topics: Flu