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Setting the Record Straight About Drowning

Posted 6/7/2018 by UHBlog

Young Family Relaxing In Swimming Pool

Experts say instances of so-called “dry drowning” are extremely rare, but parents should make water safety a priority.

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Diabetes Risks for Children

Posted 5/10/2018 by UHBlog

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The rate of diabetes in children is increasing. Know what signs to look for.

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Allergies and Age

Posted 4/27/2018 by UHBlog

Dandelion blowing in the breeze

Both indoor and outdoor allergies often develop during childhood but there are ways to help prevent and manage symptoms.

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Bedwetting or Something Else – A UTI?

Posted 4/20/2018 by UHBlog

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If your child is suddenly wetting the bed again well after potty-training, it could be as sign that he or she has a urinary tract infection.

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Cotton Swabs and Ear Injuries

Posted 4/6/2018 by UHBlog

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Pediatricians warn against using cotton swabs to clean out ear wax.

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Inevitable Obesity?

Posted 3/29/2018 by UHBlog

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Simple intervention on the parents’ part can help prevent childhood obesity, which could have long-term effects as they grow up.

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Running Partners?

Posted 3/23/2018 by UHBlog

Mother running on track with young daughter

Taking up running with your child can be a healthy family activity, but make sure it’s something both of you want to do.

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Enter Sandman

Posted 3/19/2018 by UHBlog

Sleeping tablets

While melatonin supplements can help children who have trouble sleeping, developing good sleep habits and routines is the best way to ensure your child gets enough shut-eye.

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Tummy Trouble

Posted 3/14/2018 by UHBlog

Young girl holding stomach as concerned mother looks on

If your child has frequent stomach aches, it could be irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS.

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The HPV Vaccine

Posted 1/18/2018 by UHBlog

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The HPV vaccine can help prevent certain cancers and other diseases. Learn more about this vaccine and why your child should get it.

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Tonsil Time

Posted 1/11/2018 by UHBlog

Young girl having her tonsils examined

Removing the tonsils may be an option if your child has recurrent throat infections or sleep problems.

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Avoiding the Junk Food Trap

Posted 12/21/2017 by UHBlog

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Take aim at childhood obesity by substituting healthy snacks for junk food.

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Safe Snow Play in the Winter

Posted 12/15/2017 by UHBlog

Young girl playing in the snow

Playing outdoors can be a great way to keep kids active this winter, as long as you take the proper safety precautions.

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Signs Your Child Has ADHD

Posted 12/7/2017 by UHBlog

Couple with toddler consulting doctor

Attention issues and impulse control are classic signs that a child may have ADHD. Learn about other behaviors that may signal a problem.

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What Your Baby’s Cough Means

Posted 11/10/2017 by UHBlog

What Your Baby's Cough Means

Learn how to tell if your child’s cough may be a symptom of something more serious than a cold.

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Newborn Screenings

Posted 11/9/2017 by UHBlog

Where Should I Have my Baby?

Newborn screenings are done in the first 24 to 48 hours of life and can detect signs of a potential health problem.

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Safe Sleep for Your Child

Posted 10/25/2017 by UHBlog

Safe Sleep for Your Child

Ensure your infant is sleeping in a safe environment for a better night’s sleep for both of you.

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Putting the Athlete First

Posted 10/19/2017 by UHBlog

Putting the Athlete First

Help ensure that your child continues to stay active and enjoy sports by avoiding the common pitfalls that make kids lose their love of the game.

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Surviving the Cold and Flu Season

Posted 10/5/2017 by UHBlog

Surviving the Cold and Flu Season

No one can live in a bubble to avoid cold and flu season.

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Have a Spooktacular Halloween

Posted 9/8/2017 by UHBlog

Have a Spooktacular Halloween

Safety tips for your little ghouls and goblins.

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Get Ahead of the Curve

Posted 8/17/2017 by UHBlog

Get Ahead of the Curve

Straight talk about a scoliosis diagnosis.

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Go Out With a Bang

Posted 6/16/2017 by UHBlog

Go Out With a Bang

Keep your family safe this Fourth of July by following these fireworks safety tips.

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4 Ways to Kick the Soda Habit

Posted 5/15/2017 by UHBlog

4 Ways to Kick the Soda Habit

Curb the soda habit with these tips.

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Is It Bedwetting or Something More Serious?

Posted 4/13/2017 by UHBlog

Is It Bedwetting or Something More Serious?

When is your child’s bedwetting a cause for concern?

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The Importance of Vaccines

Posted 3/22/2017 by UHBlog

The Importance of Vaccines

Concerned parents should know that childhood vaccines are proven to be safe and effective at preventing a number of serious diseases.

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Coping with Anxious Kids

Posted 3/15/2017 by UHBlog

Coping with Anxious Kids

Learn how to recognize when your child is displaying signs of excessive fear, worry or anxiety.

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How to Keep Your Child’s Schedule in Balance

Posted 2/28/2017 by UHBlog

How to Keep Your Child’s Schedule in Balance

Is your kid participating in too many activities? Learn how to scale back and find a balance – for your sake and your child’s.

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Signs Your Young Child May be Having Seizures

Posted 2/24/2017 by UHBlog

Signs Your Young Child May be Having Seizures

Some types of seizures are fairly common in infants and young children.

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When Your Child’s Ear Infection Means It’s Time to See an ENT

Posted 2/17/2017 by UHBlog

When Your Child's Ear Infection Means It's Time to See an ENT

If your child has had three or more ear infections in a six-month period, it may be time to see an ear, nose and throat specialist.

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When Hearts Grow Up

Posted 2/10/2017 by UHBlog

When Hearts Grow Up: Helping Your Child Plan for Life with Congenital Heart Disease

It is important to teach children with congenital heart disease about their limitations and how to manage their health as they become more independent.

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Heart Murmurs – Common Symptom of Childhood Heart Issues

Posted 1/13/2017 by UHBlog

Symptoms of Heart Problems in Children

Heart murmurs in children are often harmless but they could be the sign of other pediatric heart issues.

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Getting on Schedule: Benefits of Well-Child Visits

Posted 1/12/2017 by UHBlog

Getting on Schedule: Benefits of Well-Child Visits

Regular visits to the doctor when your child is well are just as important as going when they are sick.

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Why Your Child Should Try New Sports

Posted 10/25/2016 by UHBlog

Why Your Child Should Try New Sports

If a child is experiencing frustration or injuries in one sport, encourage them to try something new.

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4 Healthy After-School Snacks

Posted 9/30/2016 by UHBlog

4 Healthy After-School Snacks

Your child may want to reach for sugary and high-calorie snacks after school, but there are healthier options.

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Cell Phones and Brain Tumors

Posted 8/15/2016 by UHBlog

Cell Phones and Brain Tumors

Concerned about technology affecting your child’s development?

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5 Healthy Smoothies Recipes

Posted 7/12/2016 by UHBlog

5 Healthy Smoothies Recipes

Five smoothie combinations that are sure to satisfy you.

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Help! My Child is Overweight

Posted 6/15/2016 by UHBlog

Help! My child is overweight

You can help your child lose weight and get healthy with the right plan. We can help.

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5 Tips for a Healthy Picnic Basket

Posted 5/30/2016 by UHBlog

Try this Healthy Picnic Basket

Picnic food can be both healthy and tasty if you plan ahead.

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March: National Nutrition Month

Posted 2/22/2016 by April Verdi, RDN, LD

Happy National Nutrition Month. If you see a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), be sure to thank him/her for all their hard work in providing your family with research-driven nutrition care. This month, we recognize the role RDNs play in the health of our children. As a RDN, I’m frequently asked about picky eating: “How can I get my child to eat something else besides chicken nuggets?” With good intentions, you may hear, “Your child will grow out of it.” But m...

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Get The Lead Out: Childproofing Your Home

Posted 1/12/2016 by UHBlog

If you live in an older home, make sure your baby is tested for lead exposure at age 1. Call us for an appointment. Lead poisoning in children is a serious health problem that can lead to developmental and physical problems, but the news isn’t all doom and gloom. “We’re still seeing kids with lead in their bloodstream, but most of the kids have low levels that don’t require treatment,” says pediatrician Laura Caserta, MD. “There’s no safe blood level an...

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