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Children’s Health

3 Questions with Ava Rosa: Nancy Agee of Carilion Clinic

I’m here to talk with Ms. Agee and find out more about health care in America and what it takes to help a community be healthy.   Ava Rosa: Thank you for meeting with me today Ms. Agee.   You started your career at Carilion in the 1970s as a nurse and have since worked…

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Importance of Swimming Lessons

Summer: that time of year we all look forward to, filled with vacations, time off from school, outings with the kids and all around FUN. For most of us this will include activities in or around the water such as pools, lakes, rivers, oceans, and water parks. Many vacations are taken to a water oriented…

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Surprisingly simple potty training tips

(BPT) – Your toddler sits in unusually quiet concentration as you smile and give two thumbs up, the universal sign of encouragement between parent and child. After what seems like an eternity, when you’re about to give up hope, you suddenly hear the long-awaited sound of victory – that little tinkle that signifies potty training…

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May Day! May Day! May Day! We’re drowning in sugar, unhealthy fats and processed foods!

Last week, an email welcoming us to the Fit Family Challenge, an eight-week program that helps families become more active and healthier, landed in my inbox. The email introduced us to our personal trainer and dietician. I read it as I was eating a stale Krispy Kreme donut. This, I said, couldn’t have come at…

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The No-Cavity Plan

First Dental Exam by the First Birthday It is recommended that children have their first dental exam by the time the first tooth erupts and no later than their first birthday. Establish a dental home for your child where a pediatric dentist can provide you with preventive education, a place to go during times of…

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Tips for ‘Kids Eat Right Month’ this August

You want the best for your kids. As role models, parents and caregivers play a vital role in children’s health — teaching kids about healthful foods and making sure they get enough daily physical activity. More than one third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese, according to recent Centers for Disease Control and…

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Signs of Secondary Drowning

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A blogger at Huffington Post recounted one of the scariest moments in a parent’s life- her son almost drowned on dry land. Secondary drowning, a little-known condition, was very close to taking her son from her family. As she wrote here “Secondary drowning can be difficult to recognize since the victim appears to be OK…

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Protecting Your Kids from Serious Injury is Easier than You Think

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Bumps and bruises are just part of growing up. And as parents, we try to keep our children safe and protected, but an accident is bound to happen no matter how closely we watch them. While some falls can just result in a simple scrape or bump on the head, others can be much more…

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Ten Things Every Family Should Know about Autism

With an estimated one in 88 children diagnosed with autism, it is not surprising that so many families are struggling with decisions and next steps for their children who were recently diagnosed.  For the parents who are devastated to first hear the word “autism” from a developmental pediatrician or other professional, there is hope!  In…

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Does Your Child Have Sleep Apnea?

As parents, we are often quick to call our pediatrician when our child has symptoms such as a high fever, rash, vomiting, or seizures.  But what about snoring?  It is another important symptom that your child’s doctor should know about, although it often goes unreported.  However, snoring can often be a sign that a child…

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