Pneumonia Vaccine: Should You Get It?

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The pneumonia vaccine is one of many vaccinations that can reduce the chance of people catching harmful diseases. In particular, this vaccine can protect the body from pneumococcus bacteria, which is why it is also often referred to as the pneumococcal vaccine. Here are the basic facts you should know before you get it. What Is It?  When ... Read More...

Do I need to be concerned about my child’s BMI?

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Do you need to be concerned about children BMI and weight? This has always been a source of concern for me. Not because my kids are overweight, but because I don’t want to let them get overweight and then struggle with losing it. I know the struggles of being overweight and how hard it is to lose it. I also know what the desperation to lose that ... Read More...

How to Find a Pediatrician You (And Your Kids) Love

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Having a baby can be one of the most exciting times in a person’s life. However, it can also be one of the most stressful. There is so much to think about when expecting a new child, from creating a space for the baby in your home, to choosing the right name, to making sure he or she has the proper clothing and food. And deciding who its doctor ... Read More...

Avoiding the Back to School Cootiepalooza

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To many parents of small children, back-to-school is synonymous with a household breakout of Cootiepalooza. In case you’re not familiar with this term, Cootiepalooza is when small children enter the general small-children population and infect one another with germs through touching, sneezing or coughing at one another. It’s generally a ... Read More...

What Every New Mom Needs to Bring Home Baby

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When I was pregnant with my first child, I had no idea what I needed, nor what I didn’t. Like most new moms, I went to Babies R’ Us and registered for every gadget that I could imagine that my child might ever need. But a few months after bringing my newborn baby home, I found out that there were only a few things I REALLY needed and ... Read More...

How to Find a Babysitter and Get Them Orientated

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Whether you are returning to the workforce full-time or require part-time assistance, it can be nerve wracking to find a babysitter you can trust enough to leave your most precious little ones with. So how should you conduct a search? And, more importantly, how do you provide a good orientation for a baby sitter that will ensure your ... Read More...

7 Ways to Make Going Back-to-School Easier

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It’s that time of year again; kids are going back to school. Moms all over the country are falling into collective pools of tears or happy dancing themselves thin as their little ones head off for 4-6 hours a day. But before you send your precious little ones off to school, there are a few things that will help make going back to school ... Read More...

Back to School Vaccinations

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From preschool to college, schools at all levels require documentation that students have received the vaccinations recommended for people of their age. Here is an outline of the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommended immunization schedule for each age group: Preschool There are a number of vaccines that a child is supposed to have ... Read More...

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease: Coxsackievirus

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It’s the second time it’s hit this summer: a raging fever and a miserable little girl. The pediatrician looks down her throat and confirms: coxsakievirus. Coxsakievirus is also called hand foot and mouth disease. Not to be confused with foot and mouth disease that sheep and cattle are susceptible to, HFMD is a different virus that can live ... Read More...

Why I Broke Up With My Pediatrician

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I’m not a particularly anxious mom, but an experience I had with my 6-year-old daughter’s pediatrician a few weeks ago spurred me to change doctors. I know it’s easy for moms to over-react to our children’s illnesses, because we’re often the sole household decision makers when it comes to health care. However, I had good reasons for ... Read More...