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Baby bellybuttons: What's that drainage?

February 24, 2017
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Fairly often, I see infants of worried parents in my pediatric surgery office to investigate the cause of bellybutton drainage.  Fortunately, it’s almost always a simple issue, but sometimes it’s the tip of a very interesting iceberg!

How to talk to your kids about sex abuse

February 22, 2017

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If you’re a parent, you’ve probably struggled with knowing how to protect your kids from sex abuse. Many parents aren’t sure when to talk to children about sex abuse, or what to say. Start these conversations when your child is young. Here’s how and why – and some signs that a child may have been abused or touched inappropriately.

Liver disease: My story as a cautionary tale for parents

February 21, 2017
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We’re in the midst of an obesity epidemic that continues to grow and, because of this, we’re now seeing children – some as young as 3 and 4 years old – with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Here’s how I  beat this disease and some friendly advice for parents trying to raise healthy kids.

Could you be a breast milk donor?

February 02, 2017
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Donating breast milk can be an act of kindness for an infant in need, especially preemies and low birth-weight babies whose mothers can’t breastfeed. Breast milk contains substances that boost nutrition and prevent infection, important benefits for babies at risk. Learn more and consider donating extra milk to the Lytle Center at Swedish or Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.

Set SMART fitness goals for 2017

February 01, 2017
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Many people start the new year with resolutions for improving their health and then, as January progresses, find themselves falling off the wagon. If this sounds like you, it might be worth starting over. Experts say you’re much likelier to stick to a resolution if it’s SMART: specific, measureable, achievable, relevant and time-bound.

Swedish Pediatric Therapy has a new home and all the latest services

January 30, 2017
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Are you looking for an engaging and effective environment for your child to hone motor skills, recover from a sports injury or surgery, increase communication, or be more independent and comfortable in home, school and community? Welcome to Swedish’s new 7,000-square-foot space for pediatric therapy.

Cold weather dangers for kids: How to keep them safe

January 24, 2017
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It’s been a cold winter by Seattle standards and that can pose a danger because we aren’t used to such frigid conditions. This can be especially true for children, who might ignore signs of frostbite or hypothermia because they’re having too much fun outside. Here’s how parents can protect their kiddos.


Flu epidemic: How to take care if you're at risk

January 23, 2017
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The flu is at epidemic levels in Washington, but here’s some good news: The flu strain sweeping the state is protected by this year’s vaccine – and it’s not too late to get vaccinated. If you’re in a high-risk category for the flu, here’s what you need to know.

Helping your anxious child

January 23, 2017
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As a self-proclaimed worry wart, I have a special place in my heart for the anxious child. These days the world can be scary and difficult to explain – i.e. lots to worry about! How can we help the child who seems to worry about anything and everything?

5 hidden dangers for children at home

January 06, 2017

Maybe you’ve seen it – a video of a dresser falling onto a toddler. The video has gone viral and is an example of hidden dangers at home for young children. Learn about the boy’s ordeal and about other not-so-obvious dangers from Elizabeth Meade, M.D., chief of Pediatrics at Swedish Medical Center.

 

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