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Seasonal Complaints

smcternan May 12th, 2014, 11:42 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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As the pollen flies…so does the nose. As anyone who suffers from allergies knows, the irritation from seasonal pollens and allergens can cause havoc. What is a allergy suffer to do?

Check the weather forecasts, and pay careful attention to the pollen counts. When they are high, take steps to protect your airway. Masks may be too much for you, but you can always wrap a loose scarf over your mouth and nose.

Take any medications that are prescribed for you, but know when you are dosing and don’t over do it.…

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Asthmatic-Don’t Suffer Through Allergies!

smcternan May 7th, 2014, 2:01 PM
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Here comes the pollen, mold, airborne irritants that all asthmatics really dread. Well there are methods to deal with this season with a positive outcome rather than a trip to the ER. How? Well, to begin with there are certain strategies that can curtail your symptoms. There are some easy ways for exampleTaking your medications as prescribed and monitoring your symptoms. It is best to treat symptoms early not late. While heading outside consider protecting your eyes from airborne irritanats by wearing large sunglasses, wear a hat and wash your…

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Smiles or Sorrows

smcternan April 27th, 2014, 7:50 PM
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On a good day we are all smiles…on a bad day we are?  Everyday we choose our mood based on any number of things. The good side of the bed the wrong side of the bed. A great night sleep or a poor night sleep.We all need rest but some of us may need more than others. Well when all things are considered some children are naturally happy temperaments and others not so much. What is a mom or dad to do if their child is all smiles or all…

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Dairy Farms and Open Space

smcternan April 7th, 2014, 8:10 AM
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I recently spent a wonderful,  sunny and warm weekend in Pennsylvania, where I happily noticed sooo much green. After such a long winter with everything covered in white it was nice to see, hear and smell all that spring is.

Southeastern Pennsylvania has so many farmlands that it seems to roll on forever. I love this kind of countryside and know that there are many children and adults who never leave their communities to experience it. Here in the city, there are many things that are beautiful, but rolling pastures and grazing…

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Autism and Recent Findings

smcternan March 31st, 2014, 11:18 AM
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Two new reports have been released about the rise in autism incidence in this country. What does it all mean really? We do know that autism is no longer rare, and that it no longer affects only, or even primarily, boys. The incidence is rising in both boys and girls, albeit more boys than girls are still diagnosed.

We can identify autism at much younger ages using tools that ascertain symptoms that would otherwise be missed at a child’s 6-, 12-, 18-month and two-year check-ups. We are getting better at getting services to…

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A Cough That Just Won’t Stop

smcternan March 23rd, 2014, 4:53 PM
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Maybe spring is in the air, but along with warmer temperatures come a host of viruses and bacteria as you venture outdoors.

Have you ever had a cold that lasts for two weeks or longer and then becomes an irritating, compulsive cough? This may actually be whooping cough. Whooping cough can be deadly in small children and infants as it becomes very difficult to eat, and vomiting and difficulty breathing are often symptoms of whooping cough. It is very hard to watch a child cough repeatedly and struggle to breathe. Malaise…

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Move It, Move It

smcternan March 16th, 2014, 1:00 PM
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Upon my return from a national conference on all things Pediatrics and Healthcare, an interesting discussion was ignited by Bone Health and the loss of bone density in children. Why are children today experiencing more bone breakage and weaker bones? Does the use of sunscreen have anything to do with it? Maybe,but then again maybe not as skin cancer is also on the rise in younger and younger children. What is a parent to do about their child’s bone health. Well it is known that kids that are active have…

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Powered by Treadmill

smcternan March 2nd, 2014, 5:34 PM
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Recently I read an interesting article about activity levels in different ages of children and adults. Apparently we do little exercise even though we ALL know it is good for us in many ways. Research shows preschool children tend to do better at sit down activities that require focused attention if they have the opportunity to move and exercise in-between focused activities. Have you ever noticed that if you walk on a nice day you feel refreshed and focused on your return to your desk. Most preventative health practices encourage…

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Peace on …Trains, Planes and Automobiles

smcternan February 23rd, 2014, 3:18 PM
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Thirty percent of two-year-olds (yes, toddlers!) know how to operate a smart phone. As plans go forward to allow use of cellular phones on planes, I wonder who will use phones more, adults or their offspring. I am guilty of handing my iPhone to my elementary school child as we wait to board a plane or for a meal served in a restaurant to prevent boredom,  but actually I have realized that the opportunity to distract my child with another tactic is lost. With my older children, I’d have a…

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It’s Snowing…..

smcternan February 16th, 2014, 11:49 AM
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Another  day of school at home, and a day at home doing what? Well most kids are not complaining about not going to school, but I can safely say that my kids have caught up (sufficiently) on deprived sleep.

We have also shoveled and dug out from snow bound homes, apartments and cars many times over now. Shoveling is hard work, and it is not the type of work that gets you in shape. Shoveling stresses your back more than anything.

On the other hand, snow forts and snow people and snowball fights…

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