Child Health

Who’s Prepared for the Flu? (Infographic)

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Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that flu activity is low in the United States.  Already, more than 132.7 million doses of 2015-16 flu vaccine have been distributed in the US. Be sure to get your annual flu vaccine in order to avoid being infected later in the flu season. Read our infographic below to find ... Read More »

HPV Vaccine: Boys Need It Too!

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About 14 million people become newly infected with HPV (Human papillomavirus) every year, making it the most common sexually-transmitted infection in the United States. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that not enough boys in the United States are receiving their full HPV vaccine. The CDC recommends that both male and female children ages 11-12 receive ... Read More »

8 Ghoulishly Good Safety Tips for Halloween

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  Keep your ghosts, goblins, and fairy princesses happy this Halloween by keeping these safety tips in mind. Dress up with style and safety in mind.  Costumes should be bright and reflective.  Consider adding reflective tape to costumes to help drivers see your little monsters on the road.  Make sure costumes and accessories (wigs, capes, etc.) are flame resistant. Try ... Read More »

Not Just Another Tummy Ache – 8 Signs of Appendicitis

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When is a tummy ache a minor ailment or something more serious? Our appendix serves no vital purpose, but the small, narrow pouch that sits next to the large intestine can still cause problems. An obstruction caused by food waste or even a gastrointestinal infection can cause the inflammation that leads to appendicitis. Appendicitis occurs when the inflamed appendix swells ... Read More »

Concussion Safety in Summer Sports

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What is a Concussion? A concussion is an alteration in mental status caused by a traumatic blow to the head. Symptoms of a concussion can be confusion, disorientation, vacant stare, slurred or incoherent speech, memory loss and any period of unconsciousness. These are usually noticed right after the injury, but in some cases might not be noticeable for days or ... Read More »

Juvenile Arthritis: What You Need to Know

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Although many people think arthritis as a condition for the elderly, nearly 300,000 U.S. children under the age of 18 are affected by arthritis. Juvenile arthritis (JA) is an overarching term for many different types of arthritic conditions. In the past, these conditions were all lumped under the diagnosis of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, but are now recognized as individual conditions. ... Read More »

6 Common Vision Problems in Children

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Immunizations, school supplies and new classroom schedules most likely top a parents’ to-do list this month, but before sending the kids back to school, try to remember the last time they had a vision exam by a pediatrician or an ophthalmologist. The American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that nearly 25% of school-aged children have vision problems, and since kids often ... Read More »

Are You at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?

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Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes.    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 25.8 million people or 8.3% of the U.S. population has diabetes.   Of U.S. residents aged 65 years and older, 10.9 million, or 26.9% had diabetes in 2010.  In a study published last year, the CDC projected ... Read More »

TXT4Tots: Why You Should Read to Your Child Every Day

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TXT4Tots: Evening routines help the family unwind from a busy day & your toddler go to bed easier, try reading a book or listen to a favorite song together. Further insights from the iTriage Clinical Team: Even very young children can benefit from being read to. By introducing your child to the joys of reading at a young age, you ... Read More »