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Ditch the loofah for healthier skin

October 24, 2016

Is using a loofah really the best way to exfoliate and care for your skin? Swedish pediatrician Melissa Genualdi, M.D., says that to avoid bacteria, it’s much healthier to stick with the old-fashioned washcloth. Watch this video to learn more about the case against loofahs, plus the latest on liquid soap versus bar soap and the best way to moisturize your skin.

Young kids should play the field when it comes to sports

October 19, 2016

A recent report says kids are specializing in a single sport too early, leading to a greater risk of injury -- and burnout, anxiety and depression. Elizabeth Meade, M.D., a pediatric hospitalist at Swedish, explains and offers some advice on how to keep children active and healthy.

Don't let the end of daylight saving time disrupt your child's sleep

October 11, 2016

Fall is a time of excitement for many reasons: the return to school, enjoying your favorite pumpkin spice-flavored beverage and prepping for the coming holiday season. However, there’s one aspect of fall that parents of young children often dread: the end of daylight saving time, aka yet another thing to disrupt your children’s precious sleep patterns.

Health apps for moms-to-be and parents on the go

October 07, 2016
In the same way you can use apps on your smartphone to save special moments and help manage your children’s lives, you can use them to learn about, monitor and aid in your child’s health and development. Here are a couple of apps to get you started.

Is an umbilical hernia in a newborn cause for concern?

September 28, 2016
Most parents are probably too busy making sure their newborn has 10 fingers, 10 toes and two ears to pay attention to whether their child’s belly button is an innie or an outie. An outie belly button can be caused by an umbilical hernia, which usually is harmless. But sometimes these hernias need to be repaired when a child is older to prevent complications.

Flu shots:With rare exceptions, everyone should get one

September 26, 2016

Illness from the flu puts millions of infants and children in the U.S. at risk every year. We are approaching the start of the 2016 flu season and now is the time to talk about the flu vaccine. You might be thinking, "I don't give my kids a flu shot" or "flu shots don't actually work," but I'm hoping to share some information that will change your mind.

Swedish Hospital doula program for all women, no matter their delivery plans

September 22, 2016

When first-time mom Jessica Bertrand heard about the Swedish Doula Program from her doctor, she knew it was something she was interested in pursuing. Jessica hired Shelia Kandeler, one of the doulas contracted with Swedish. Read more about her experience.

Is it croup or whooping cough? Recognizing common childhood illnesses

September 19, 2016
Fall is right around the corner and kids are headed back to school. What might come home with your child beyond homework and stories about their adventures? A variety of illnesses. Here’s a handy list to help you quickly spot symptoms.

Five allergy risk factors for kids and what parents can do

September 12, 2016
With allergies becoming so prevalent, parents are naturally left wondering why, and whether anything can be done to prevent their child from developing a food allergy. This blog discusses the 5 “Ds” of allergy prevention: diet, dry skin, dribble, dogs and Vitamin D.

Back to school and bullying How to help your child

September 01, 2016

Heading back to school can be an exciting time, but it also can be fraught with anxiety, especially for kids who are bullied. If you think your child is a target, there are ways you can help. And if you suspect that your child is a bully, there also are things you can do. Watch this video to learn more.

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