Autism and Recent Findings

smcternan March 31st, 2014, 11:18 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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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
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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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
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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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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5 Ways to Enjoy a Healthy Valentine’s Day

margeryk February 12th, 2014, 6:09 AM
Margery Kirsch, MS, RN, CDE, BC-ADM, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Diabetes Educator
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Don't let cabin fever and all the snow we've had make you squirrely.

Don't let cabin fever and all the snow we've had make you squirrely.

Looking for healthful alternatives for a sweetie with diabetes? Give your special person one of these instead of a box of chocolates:

  1. A healthy dinner. Skip the dinner reservations (and temptations on the menu) and make a fast, easy, healthy and elegant (really!) dinner. Start with Flavorful Pumpkin Bisque, then serve Spice-Glazed Salmon as an entrée and roast your favorite vegetables as an accompaniment.
  2. A bouquet of beautiful flowers. Or, if cut blossoms aren’t your thing, opt for a plant. Choose one that…
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Look into My Crystal Ball…

smcternan January 20th, 2014, 10:20 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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What do you see? I see a torrent of change. Where is it coming from-EVERYWHERE! Why is it coming? Well that would truly be a magical skill if I knew the absolute answer- but maybe you do. I am speaking of where the future of health in this nation. Yes, we all WANT and maybe NEED to be healthy, BUT do we know how? My guess is that if you survey most Americans of any age the answers would vary tremendously. Ask a five year old and he will tell…

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Become a Donor

smcternan January 12th, 2014, 9:22 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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As New Years’ resolutions go most have settled into working out, more family time, eating healthy and balancing work and life better. But for those of you who may not have chosen or even consider doing anything new with the New Year I urge you to consider becoming an organ donor. Why? Well for one thing there are so many awaiting organs, estimates are that about 15,000 people die per year that would make perfect donors had they consented to donation. For every person who donates there are multiple recipients…

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How well is your baby sleeping?

smcternan January 2nd, 2014, 3:48 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Sleep conjures images of comfy beds and silence, add a newborn to the picture and that image changes. A tired cranky baby needs sleep but when and how is the best way to assure this? Well research has proven that babies adjust to their home environments rather well after birth. The barking dog, street noise, music and environmental noise pollution was ALL heard in utero. No need to change that once Baby is born, very true-but then why do parents do just that-Baby is sleeping everyone be QUIET!! Well the parental…

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STRESS Less Holiday

smcternan December 26th, 2013, 10:58 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Rushing, running and feeling a little overwhelmed. This time of year can do it to all of us. We try to plan and sudden last minute changes make us spin. How to handle it well and not take it our on your family, friends, pets or pillow!! Well suggestions posed by experts recommend not indulging (food and Wine) too much will help. Well if that is not a contributor to your stress then what can you do to glide through this time of year with less stress. The holidays are…

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My Stomach Hurts….

smcternan December 16th, 2013, 1:24 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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by George Hodan

by George Hodan

My stomach, head, foot, etc…hurts, I can’t go to school. Who hasn’t at some point heard these complaints? Sometimes there is truth behind them, as physical ailments can strike at any time, but if they happen consistently you might begin to see a pattern. Are they always on the morning of a spelling test, or before that after-school activity on Wednesdays? What does it mean and what should you as their parent do? 

First, always listen to your child’s concerns. There may be a hidden message. Second, keep track of…

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Say You Will

smcternan December 1st, 2013, 10:25 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Bedtime, marks the end of a day, can culminate from good and bad experiences from that day but it should always be secure. When children are winding down from a busy, fun-filled day, a secure sleeping environment that lets them re-energize and awake for  a new day in a positive way is the best option. So what is the best routine to assure a good nights sleep? While there is no ONE WAY,  every child is different but each child will express their needs. One child may prefer quiet time…

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