Immunizations your child needs for kindergarten

August 19, 2015 Parenting
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If you are enrolling your kindergartener in public school, there is a good chance you will be asked for proof of your child’s immunizations. Public schools require children to be immunized for the child’s protection as well as the protection of their classmates and teachers. Jamie Avila, MD is a pediatrician with McLane Children’s Scott […]

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Child eye exams: An essential part of your child’s health

August 11, 2015 Healthy Living
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Eyes play a critical role in a child’s ability to learn about and experience the world but, as parents, it is often hard to know when you should get your child’s eyes checked. August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month and is a great opportunity to learn when and how often your child should […]

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The Best Sports Physical: In the Medical Home

June 17, 2015 Healthy Living
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It’s that time again! It’s time to get your teen or pre-teen ready for sports participation or summer camp. Parents and youth have many options for completing the forms required for physical exams but one option incorporates the strengths of the medical history, the relationships with known health providers, the availability of great health education, […]

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Too Much TV? Effects of TV on Young Children

March 5, 2015 Parenting
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Our world is dominated by screens everywhere we turn. With the introduction of smart phones, tablets and TVs now in many households, young children are being exposed to programs at an increasing rate. To clarify and illustrate the effects TV has on young children, pediatrician Bradley Berg, MD, PhD, FAAP, FACPE of McLane Children’s Scott […]

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8 Tips to Obliterate Obesity in Children

February 17, 2015 Healthy Living
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One in three children in the US is overweight or obese, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. It’s a problem that touches every family in every town in America, and is putting the next generation at risk for early heart disease and stroke, inflammation of the liver, diabetes, and other serious […]

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Sports Injury? Try a little RICE before the Sports Clinic

February 4, 2015 Safety
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It doesn’t matter if you’re signed up for select soccer or high school football, the possibility of injury is always lurking. Parents watch from the stands and hold their breath when they hear the whistle blow after an injury interruption. Could it be a slight sprain or a season-ending injury? The fear of the unknown […]

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Sprouting a Discussion about Growing Pains

January 20, 2015 Healthy Living
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Growing up can be hard work and it is sometimes tough on your body. Growing pains are commonly seen in preschool and school-aged children and affects about 10 to 40 percent of children. Growing pains are sometimes considered no big deal, but how do you know if the pain your child feels is something more […]

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Eating Healthy As a Family Goal

January 7, 2015 Healthy Living
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Increasing the frequency of home-prepared family meals is an excellent goal for 2015 that has numerous benefits for both the short and long term. Think back to those scenes in ‘Leave it to Beaver’ when the family gathered at the table for dinner. Turning back the clock to yesteryear might seem like a near impossibility […]

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