Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week

February 7-14 is Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week.  A congenital heart defect is a structural problem with the heart that is present at birth whether caused by genetic or environmental causes.  They can affect the walls of the heart, the valves, or the blood vessels adjacent to the heart, and are the most common

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National Children’s Dental Health Month

Right along with sweet Valentine’s Day treats, February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!  As your pediatricians, we worry about all of the aspects of your children’s health.  Dental cavities are one of the top chronic diseases of childhood, making this an important topic to cover at well checks.  Like so many parts of health,

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Discipline for Toddlers: Making Timeout Work

Parents know that one of the biggest challenges they face is disciplining their young children.  As we say, it’s a constant battle, especially with toddlers.  As daunting a task as it may seem, timeout can be an effective tool against unwanted behaviors. Before we talk about timeout strategies, remember that most bad behaviors are the

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Birth Defect Prevention and More

January is National Birth Defect Prevention Month.  Birth defects include abnormalities of body structures, metabolism or function.  Most birth defects are the result of both genetic and environmental factors.  Genetic causes can include gene defects or chromosome abnormalities over which we have little control.  In addition, many environmental factors can play a role in the

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All About Asthma

Asthma is a very common condition affecting people of all ages and approximately 10% of the population.  Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the airways of the lung.  The triggers for asthma vary from person to person and can include allergies like pollen or dust, respiratory infections like cold viruses, influenza or pneumonia, exercise, irritants

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Is it a Cold or the Flu?

It’s flu season…. or is it just a cold…. The cold weather months bring with it viral “cold” season.  Although it is common to refer to any winter time febrile illness as the “flu” or throwing up illness as the “stomach flu,” much of the illness in your home this winter will be non-influenza viruses. 

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