Teens And Medicine Abuse, A Bad Rap?

Teens And Medicine Abuse, A Bad Rap?

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

October is a lot of things (more on that this month) but know it’s National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month and there’s a big push to both educate parents on signs of over-the-counter (OTC) medicine abuse and encourage parents to talk with teens about the risks of using medications as recreational drugs. Thing is, approximately 1 in 25 teens reports abusing excessive amounts […]

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Alternating Medicines to Treat a Fever in Children Older than 6 Months

Alternating Medicines to Treat a Fever in Children Older than 6 Months

By: Tricia Jean (TJ) Gold, M.D.

If your child needs a fever reducer, it is best to choose one type of medicine: either acetaminophen (Children’s Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Children’s Motrin, Children’s Advil). Always consult your doctor first if you are considering alternating between acetaminophen and ibuprofen to treat a stubborn fever. If your doctor does recommend alternating, write down on a […]

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Shifting To An Ideal Bedtime For School

Shifting To An Ideal Bedtime For School

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

We know children are sleeping less now than they did 30 years ago. Our children are unfortunately more tired and can suffer side effects in life because of it. Studies show that school-age children who create a sleep debt (chronic sleep deprivation) and are chronically tired have a more difficult time completing school work, they […]

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Very Sunny Out: 5 Tips For Safe Sunscreen Use

Very Sunny Out: 5 Tips For Safe Sunscreen Use

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

Sun intensity and Ultraviolet (UV) radiation (UVA and UVB rays) have nothing to do with temperature. No difference in intensity if it’s 60 or 80 degrees out when it comes to the sun’s effect. Reality is people burn more when it’s 80 simply because they have less clothing on and more skin exposed. As a […]

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Living In A Museum: Safe Medication Storage

Living In A Museum: Safe Medication Storage

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

I worry about medication storage and safety for all sorts of practical and experiential reasons. I’ve taken care of plenty of children who’ve eaten medications, household cleaners, antibiotics, and even tasted eye drops. In the past I’ve written about how times of chaos create havoc on our museum-systems for safety, like moving, bring a new baby home, […]

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Is It Allergies Or Is It “A Cold?”

Is It Allergies Or Is It “A Cold?”

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

It’s the time of year for seasonal allergies. It’s also still, unfortunately, the time of year for “colds.” Although it may be intuitive for many parents to decipher the causes of symptoms in their child during the month of May, some of us have a hard time determining what’s causing our children to wipe their […]

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What To Do With That Old Bottle Of Meds?

What To Do With That Old Bottle Of Meds?

By: Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D.

Raise your hand if you have a cupboard full of partially used medications, expired acetaminophen, and old anti-histamines. We do! Conveniently, there is a way to safely get rid of the unused medications in your life. Don’t leave them around the house and don’t put them back into the water supply (via flushing them or […]

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Promoting Healthy Sleep for Kids

Promoting Healthy Sleep for Kids

By: Val Jones, M.D.

Healthy sleep is important for children’s physical, intellectual and social growth and development. Performance at school, in sports and at home can be influenced by a child’s sleep patterns. Additionally, children who get an insufficient amount of sleep are more likely to become obese. Therefore, it’s very important to help children get the quantity and […]

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Vitamin & Mineral Supplements – What are they and who needs them?

Vitamin & Mineral Supplements – What are they and who needs them?

By: Val Jones, M.D.

While many healthy Americans are able to meet their daily vitamin and mineral needs through food sources, some may benefit from supplementation if they have specific deficiencies. Vitamins are chemical compounds that are essential for normal body function. Because vitamins (with the exception of Vitamin D) cannot be created by our bodies, they must be […]

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A Guide to Winter Skin

A Guide to Winter Skin

What causes winter skin? Chapped, cracked and flakey skin is primarily caused by exposure to a dry environment. Outdoor air is drier in the winter time because colder air has a lower moisture-carrying capacity. In fact, air at 86 degrees Fahrenheit can hold three times more moisture than air at 50 degrees. In addition to […]

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