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Create guilt-free Easter baskets with these 13 fun, healthy ideas

April 14, 2017

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Bright pink and yellow marshmallow Peeps, chocolate bunnies, colorful jelly beans – the sugary sweets of Easter are upon us. While children (and a lot of adults) might be delighted with an excuse to binge on a bucketful of candy, you probably don’t want to give your loved ones the gift of tooth decay and other sugar-related health issues. Here are some ideas on how you can put the “good” back into goodies for the annual Easter basket.

What I wish Dad had known: Alcohol and the family

April 13, 2017
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I miss my father. He should be around to be granddad to my wonderful boys, helping me raise them to be good men. But he was an alcoholic who slowly drank himself to death. If you have a drinking problem, your family would love nothing more than for you to quit. And there’s help.

Introducing peanut early to help prevent peanut allergy

April 11, 2017
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In January 2017, food allergy experts issued updated guidelines recommending most infants be fed peanut proteins starting at around 6 months of age.  Emerging research suggests peanut exposure starting at an early age may help reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy.

When to keep your sick child home from school

April 04, 2017
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If you’re a parent, it’s probably safe to assume that you have at one time or another received the dreaded call: “Good afternoon. Please come pick up your child. She came to the nurse’s office, and she has a fever.”  The first thing you ask yourself: When can my kiddo go back to school?

How to tell if your child has lead poisoning

March 31, 2017
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Four million homes in the U.S. have high levels of lead, which can be a health hazard, especially for kids. There’s no safe level of lead in a child’s blood, so it’s crucial to get treatment if your child does have lead poisoning. Here’s how to spot it in children, and how to remove or prevent it in your home.

Gut bacteria and your kid’s immune system

March 30, 2017
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As a culture, we have become pretty obsessive about cleanliness, especially when it comes to our kids. After the park, after school, after a playdate and even after kids play with toys at home, many parents are quick to the draw with hand sanitizer. Is it too much? Have we jumped the shark when it comes to cleanliness and our kids?

The human microbiome: Why you need to keep it healthy

March 28, 2017
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I recently attended the 2017 Swedish Pediatric Metabolic Health and Nutrition Summit and what I learned there was not only fascinating to me as a pediatric nurse, but as the mother of an 8-year-old.

Don't suffer postpartum depression in silence - there's help

March 22, 2017

Model Chrissy Teigen started a conversation recently when she opened up about her battle with postpartum depression. Depression after having a baby can cause fears and anxieties that make it hard for new moms to bond with their babies. But postpartum depression is very treatable. Here’s when and how to seek help so you can get back to normal and enjoy having a baby.

What you should know about chronic kidney disease in children

March 21, 2017
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Over the past 20 years, chronic kidney disease, or CKD, in children has been gradually rising. This has made it increasingly important for parents to watch for signs of kidney disease and help kids maintain a healthy lifestyle. Thankfully, there are now ways to slow the progression of renal disease and help prevent other complications.

Scary thoughts after having a baby? We can help

March 20, 2017
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“How did they let me leave the hospital with this brand-new baby? How will I keep him alive?” This is a common refrain voiced by new parents in the first few days after their baby is born.  Unfortunately, many new parents (mothers and fathers) experience intense anxiety that something bad will happen to their baby. There’s help.

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