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Keep kids from piling on pounds this summer

Posted 6/13/2016 by JASON TATKA, DO, FAAP
Pediatrician, Rainbow Portage Pediatrics

They may have a break from math class, but kids still do some adding over summer break. Problem is, what they tally is extra pounds, a new analysis shows.

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My child snores – should I be worried?

Posted 6/13/2016 by CAROL ROSEN, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Sleep Center, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

You may be surprised if you hear the sound of snoring from your child’s bedroom. Yet it is not unusual: about 10 percent of children snore regularly. In many cases, childhood snoring is no cause for concern. But snoring can sometimes be the sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that can cause serious medical problems if not treated.

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Look out for lead

Posted 6/13/2016 by APARNA BOLE, MD
General Pediatrician, Medical Director of Community Integration, UH Rainbow Babies & Children's
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

If you live in an older house or apartment, you might have a big problem on your hands that you have not realized: lead.

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3 new screenings for tweens and teens

Posted 6/13/2016 by JO ANN JACKSON, MD
Pediatrician, University Premier Pediatricians
Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Height, weight, hearing, vision – by the time your child is a tween, you’re used to the drill of a regular checkup. Next time you head to the pediatrician, though, you may notice a few new screenings. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently revised the schedule of preventive care all kids should receive. Now, they say, pediatricians should check kids annually for three grown-up-sounding health problems.

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Health Briefs

Posted 6/13/2016 by UHBlog

University Hospitals will open Ohio’s first proton therapy center in July, providing convenient access for patients and families at the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH Seidman Cancer Center.

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Pregnant women and new moms can benefit from this key screening

Posted 6/13/2016 by SHERYL KINGSBERG, PHD
Chief, OB/GYN Behavioral Medicine, UH MacDonald Women's Hospital
Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

If you are suffering from depression during pregnancy or after childbirth, you aren’t alone. Depression is one of the most common complications of pregnancy, and many new moms have feelings of sadness and anxiety. If untreated, depression can harm women and their children. Yet many women don't seek help for it. That’s why the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has updated their depression screening guidelines.

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A bright future ahead

Posted 6/13/2016 by NEHA SHETH, MD
Pediatrician, Northeast Pediatrics
Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Some people say that a mother knows her child better than anyone, picking up on subtle changes that others may not notice. Such was the case for Amy Corbett. She saw a brief glow in the left eye of her then 2-year-old daughter, Myla, that she had not noticed before. Thinking she was seeing things, Amy let it go. But when it happened again, Amy knew she needed to act.

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Wet your kid’s whistle with water

Posted 6/13/2016 by Raichal Mathew, MD
Pediatrician, Rainbow Heights Pediatrics
Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Do your children drink enough water? According to a study in the American Journal of Public Health, more than half of U.S. children and adolescents are not adequately hydrated, meaning they probably don’t drink enough water. This could have serious consequences for their health and development.

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Take steps to slash kids’ risk for kidney stones

Posted 6/13/2016 by TAMAR SPRINGEL, MD
Pediatric Nephrologist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

The pain strikes suddenly, does not let up and usually comes with a wave of nausea and vomiting. An increasing number of kids and teens have experienced the agony of kidney stones. Now health experts have concerns about their long-term health.

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