Asthmatic-Don’t Suffer Through Allergies!

smcternan May 7th, 2014, 2:01 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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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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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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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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Snow, Ice and Freezing Temperatures

smcternan January 25th, 2014, 2:17 PM
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January 2014 has been memorable in both winter storms and record cold temperatures. Already two snow days from school and we still have much winter left. We could be lucky and have a mild February and March or we could have more of the same. What to do when outside seems unbearable and inside cabin fever is happening at record rates. If the gym and possible indoor adventure sites are not your thing, then maybe some home based adventure is for you and your family. An active  toddler or school…

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Look into My Crystal Ball…

smcternan January 20th, 2014, 10:20 AM
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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
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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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