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
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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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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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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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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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Medication Adherence

smcternan October 7th, 2013, 2:37 PM
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Do I need to take this pill? Why? When? For how long? What if I forget? Where do I get my refills?–The questions related to medication can be endless. No one wants to suffer the consequences of taking the wrong amount or forgetting to take them on time, right?

If that were true then why are so many people not at all compliant with their medications? Because they are confused by all the jargon that goes with medication. Maybe being unable or unwilling to ask for assistance will block their ability to…

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What it Means to Live Well

smcternan September 16th, 2013, 7:29 AM
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Living well is something we all strive for. We don’t want to spend our days ill or unable to do the things we want to do. So how do we live well? There are many theories that support or encourage better health. People who live very long lives often have opinions about what they believe works for them. Does something that they do work for all? I recently read about an elderly (90+) year old women who felt that having joy in her life keeps her healthy. She is active, gardens, takes…

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MOM/DAD….I want____

smcternan July 23rd, 2013, 10:11 AM
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7-15-06 sand castle at PismoThere are days when we truly enjoy our children and the unconditional love that they give and we give. We want the best for them and want to protect them always. So what do you do when you are four weeks into summer vacation and the ‘I wants…’ start? Well as challenging as parenthood can be it is always important to remain cool and calm and keep it all in perspective. So when your children asks repeatedly for something, what really is the best course of action? Well depending on…

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TBI and Summertime

smcternan June 25th, 2013, 10:44 AM
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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
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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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