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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Q&A: A Conversation with a Long-Distance, Long-Time Caregiver

guest March 21st, 2014, 10:53 AM
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lisahirschandmomA Day in the Life spoke with Lisa Hirsch, author of My Mom My Hero: Alzheimer’s—A mother and daughter’s bittersweet journey, creator of the My Mom My Hero blog, and long-distance caregiver of her mother Ruth, who has Alzheimer’s.

Your mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s more than nine years ago. How has your relationship with your mom changed?
Oh, it’s changed completely. I just fell deeply in love with my mother. She inspires me. Before her illness we spoke maybe once a week. Since her illness, I’ve spoken to her nearly every single…

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Car Crash Safety

smcternan February 9th, 2014, 8:34 PM
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Families rely on transportation from trains, planes and automobiles to get to ALL the places they need to go. The laws regarding car seats provided what research has found to be the safest way to get to your destination. That is if you use it and use it correctly. Deaths of children in car crashes has decreased by an incredible 43% in the USA(CDC 2002-20011 data). Of the 9000 children who died in auto accidents in the year 2011 many could have been prevented by using appropriate

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Super Kids

smcternan February 2nd, 2014, 3:05 PM
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Here is a question, and think hard…what makes someone truly SUPER? Defining your child to someone may cause you to pause….fine, great, amazing, honest, kind, mischievious, or maybe even a holy terror. Well we all have good and bad days and we hope when we become parents that there will be more Good than Bad. One of the hardest parts of parenting is to set them free. Yes, we take care of every booboo and dry every tear but when is it Ok not to dry their tears and let…

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Facebook Roundup: Top 3 Inspirational Quotations

stav January 28th, 2014, 6:00 AM
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These are three of my favorite inspirational quotations.

Do you have any favorite quotations?

Become a Donor

smcternan January 12th, 2014, 9:22 PM
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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
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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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Toys- Are they Safe?

smcternan December 9th, 2013, 4:21 PM
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As you shop for your little ones’ gifts–around the holidays, but year ’round for birthday presents as well–be sure to do your research before you buy their “dream toy.”

State Consumer Affairs departments and Consumer Reports publish lists of dangerous toys, which could mean many things. Some may have high levels of lead, cadmium or other dangerous chemicals, others may have small parts that are choking hazards. Keeping children safe is so much more complicated than it used to be!

In stores, pay attention to warnings like, “Not for children under 3 years…

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Say You Will

smcternan December 1st, 2013, 10:25 PM
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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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Instill Moral Character in Your Child

smcternan November 25th, 2013, 4:08 PM
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clouds-69533_1280Moral character is something we think may just happen, hopefully in a positive way if  WE raise our children right. Well maybe or maybe not. Young infants read parental cues, so when that baby does something you disapprove of (grabs your necklace and wont let go) are you saying or thinking, ‘what a bad boy/girl you are’ OR gently, in a soften voice distracting them and removing their hands. If the latter is your path then you are aware that little hands are just learning this skill and anything is fair game. If…

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