Raising Healthy Kids
Essential Advice for Parents on Vaccines

Essential Advice for Parents on Vaccines

Back-to-school season often means a trip to the doctor’s office to keep up-to-date with vaccines and booster shots. All children, whether in public or private programs, who are entering childcare, kindergarten, and seventh grade or newly enrolled in a Michigan school district are required to be up-to-date with immunizations. “Vaccines …

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Health & Hygiene Tips
Are You Cleaning Your Ears Correctly?

Are You Cleaning Your Ears Correctly?

It can seem like nearly everyone has an opinion on what’s right when it comes to cleaning your ears. Q-tips are bad, but “baby” Q-tips are OK. Some swear by cleaning your ears after every shower, while others maybe do it once a week – if at all. So, what’s …

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Getting A Good Night's Sleep

Is Your Child Having Nightmares or Night Terrors?

If your child’s nightmares or night terrors are interrupting peaceful nights in your household, you’re not alone. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, one in 10 parents discusses sleep-related concerns with a doctor during their child’s early years. These sleep disturbances can be troubling and scary for everyone, but …

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Parenting Advice
What Parents Need to Know About Teen Drinking

What Parents Need to Know About Teen Drinking

For some parents, it might seem impossible that their teen would consume alcohol, but the reality is that many do. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, nearly 80 percent of high school seniors have consumed alcohol. Whether you are alarmed by that statistic or feel reassured that it’s “only …

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Raising Healthy Kids

What are the Best Sports for Kids with ADHD?

Getting children involved with sports offers plenty of benefits, including physical exercise, development of social skills and even boosted self-esteem. But do all sports offer the same level of benefit for children who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? A common condition, ADHD affects more than 11.1 percent of children in Michigan …

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Healthy Families
8 Ideas for Summertime Family Fitness

8 Fun Ideas for Summertime Family Fitness

Summer brings warm weather, blue skies and lots of sunshine. And with many kids on break from school, the summer months offer infinite opportunities for families to get moving. “People are more active in the summer because they’re doing things like yard work, washing cars and playing outside with their …

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Raising Healthy Kids
The Effects of Toxic Stress on Children

The Effects of Toxic Stress on Children

Some stress is simply unavoidable in modern life, even for children. Learning to successfully cope with stress is an important part of growing up. However, when stress becomes too extreme or goes on for an extended period of time, it forms what is known as “toxic stress response” in children. …

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Understanding Health Risks

The Link Between HPV and Throat Cancer

You are probably more familiar with human papilloma virus (HPV) in relation to the vaccination and the risk of women developing cervical cancer. And while this is all still very prevalent, HPV is a growing culprit for another type of cancer: throat cancer. Tamer Ghanem, M.D., Ph.D, an otolaryngologist (ear, …

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Keeping Your Family Healthy

Does Your Child Have a Stomach Bug?

It’s probably happened to you or a family member: diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal pain. It’s commonly (and incorrectly) called “stomach flu,” or what doctors call “gastroenteritis,” or inflammation of the stomach and intestines. “I try not to use the term ‘stomach flu’ as it can be confused with influenza, …

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Raising Healthy Kids

Is Your Child Depressed? How to Help

With rise of social media, children and adolescents face enormous pressure. Unlike previous generations, today’s youth can be heckled or bullied 24/7 in the virtual world. They also deal with schoolwork, family issues, social relationships and other potential daily stressors. And while your child might appear fine physically, he or …

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