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Brush, Book, Bed

Brush, Book, Bed is a program developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help promote good oral hygiene in children. Pediatricians are taking a more prominent role in oral hygiene because they are often visited more frequently than dentists. Also, there is a large disparity between oral health outcomes in children of color and low socioeconomic status. Children that may fit into these categories have visits with pediatricians but do not visit a dentist as often. There are serious consequences for tooth decay and gum disease for children. These issues can affect a child’s ability to eat healthy foods and to speak clearly. There are also secondary factors that cause problems for children such as missing school because of tooth pain. Read More

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Is Giving Your Child Vitamins Important?

Vitamins are necessary components we all need to keep our bodies operating normally. Our bodies do not make enough vitamins on their own so we need to get vitamins from the food we eat, or in the case of Vitamin D, be exposed to sunlight. In a healthy, well-rounded diet of whole food, we are easily able to get all the vitamins we need. Whole foods can be described as fresh, non-processed food. However, in our society, many food are highly processed and even fruits and vegetable are grown using techniques that minimized the vitamin and mineral content. Another issue is that children are often not willing to eat a wide variety of whole foods, no matter how we try. Therefore, giving children a multivitamin in addition to trying to get as many vitamins as possible from whole foods can be a great way to supplement your child’s diet. Read More

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Is Your Child At Risk for Weight and Health Problems?

Roughly 1 in 3 kids in America is overweight or obese but there are millions more that are on the borderline to becoming so. Whether or not a child is obese is not measured by weight alone. Your pediatrician calculates your child’s Body Mass Index or BMI. Your BMI is your weight relative to your height. For children, a BMI at or above the 85th percentile is considered obese. For kids that are in the 85th percentile or close to the 85th percentile for BMI, there are many things we, as parents can do, to help them improve their health. Read More

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Tips to Improve Your Child's Memory

Kids need to use memory all day long, every day of their lives. Much of the memory they rely on is called working memory. Working memory refers to when we take information in and then manipulate that information such as when we do a math problem in our head. We take in the numbers in the problem, remember those numbers, and then manipulate those numbers to find the answers. Practicing memory drills and using memory tricks can help your child improve his or her memory or be able to use that memory more effectively on a daily basis. The following are tips to help improve memory: Read More

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Personalized Medicine and Gene Testing

Did you know that there is a test available that can look at your child’s genes and determine how he or she metabolizes certain medications? Read More

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