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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smcternan March 2nd, 2014, 5:34 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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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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Toys- Are they Safe?

smcternan December 9th, 2013, 4:21 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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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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Instill Moral Character in Your Child

smcternan November 25th, 2013, 4:08 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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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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Transitioning Home

smcternan November 15th, 2013, 5:19 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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After a long hospital stay, many children with chronic diseases look forward to going home. The ups and owns of inpatient treatment, as well as the noise and bustle of the hospital, can be overwhelming, especially for young children (<10 years of age).

Much has been studied on the topic of transitioning to home after illnesses in children and adults. What often is realized in the younger population is how vulnerable these young children are to re-hospitalization.

What can be done to curtail the return to the hospital? It is unique for…

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Vaccines- What is it all about?

smcternan September 5th, 2013, 3:18 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Whether you are for or against vaccinating your child it is important to know why it is vital to avoid transmission on vaccine preventable diseases. For example the rates of Whooping cough have been climbing through out the world, and right here in the US. Why? There are many reasons but when this disease if contracted by a young infant/child is not treatable. There is no cure-breathing becomes difficult and every breath leads to a ‘whoop’ to try and compensate for the lack of oxygen that the child is not…

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A Day in the Life of a Shark

smcternan August 17th, 2013, 10:27 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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A friend was recently fishing along the New Jersey coast and caught five Brown Sharks, on one day, and no it was not all the same shark. As he fished off the beach-not that far from a large group of swimmers, they were there and there were many. The experienced fisherman informed me they are harmless but so close  to swimmers, we are in their territory. What have you ocean swimmers learned? Like all wild creatures they have skills that help them survive and when provoked  those skills come into…

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Scott Simon says Goodbye, I love you in 140 Characters

arspilka August 1st, 2013, 6:53 PM
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twitter logoI don’t Tweet personally. I understand that Twitter is a powerful social media tool and its uses are boundless… from announcing a revolution to writing disparagingly about the name of a celebrity baby. This past weekend, Twitter entered the national conversation about death and heralded a new chapter in communication.


The Twittersphere and the mainstream media were transfixed by NPR’s Scott Simon tweeting from his mother’s hospital room post-surgery until the day she died. I have been wondering all week how I feel about what he did, and I still don’t…

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TBI and Summertime

smcternan June 25th, 2013, 10:44 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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hide_faceTBI-Traumatic Brain Injury, is a real and serious diagnosis. As we all seem to want to be outside more and partaking in activities that may be challenging or not so physically challenging, there are risk for injuries. The results of a TBI can be mild to serious. If you or your child sustain a head injury and experience  any of the short or long term consequences-you should not return to sports or exercise until you are cleared by your MD. TBIs can cause problems with memory, thinking, emotions and learning…

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Rainy Days and Mondays

smcternan June 17th, 2013, 3:27 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Well it is raining again. Could it get any greener! As my children start the  first day of summer vacation, I can recall the glee felt by all on that last day of school. Happy to say the least, more free time who can complain. Well today when free time means indoor time and more sitting I have to say or do something. The weather is clearly not cooperating. Yard work, swimming outdoors and riding bikes would be a great way to get active-contect with neighborhood friends and just have some…

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