9 Alternatives to Easter Candy

Pediatrics
Tricia Schmit, M.D.

At my house we just ran out of the Valentine’s candy a week or so ago.  This was immediately on the tail-end of depleting our supply of the Christmas candy and the Halloween candy before that.   I don’t know about your kids, but mine are beginning to think they get candy every single day.  (We try to ration it out.  And then it lasts forever.) So, here we are, staring at Easter already and ….More candy.  I am on a mission to hunt down alternatives which I can suggest to the Easter bunny this year.  These are my top items so far: Pencils.  My kids love pencils.  We use them for homework all the time.  Since our dog likes to … Continue reading

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Babyproofing 101

Pediatrics
Katie Vollmuth, M.D.

Your baby can crawl!  How exciting!  What a great milestone.  And what is it that your baby crawls to 9 out of 10 times – the very thing you don’t want them to touch: stairs, electrical outlets, cords, anything expensive or breakable, cell phones, remote controls.  Time to baby proof!  Low shelves emptied of all contents – check.  Stairs gated – check.  Outlet covers in place – check.  Now you must turn your attention to other household hazards. As parents we are on the lookout for things that can harm our children like falls or sharp objects but we may forget about the deadly poisons we keep within reach of our children.  Some of the most common harmful items ingested … Continue reading

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What’s up with HPV and that Gardasil Shot?

Pediatrics
Katie Vollmuth, M.D.

Ok, so I have some good news and I have some bad news about human papilloma virus (HPV). How about the bad news first?   HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States.  It is estimated that > 50% of adults become infected in their lifetime.  It is a silent virus that sits in waiting for years, with no symptoms while managing to cause 15,000 cases of cancer in females and 7000 cancers in males annually in the United States.  HPV types 16 and 18 causes 70% of cervical, 87% of anal, 60% of oropharyngeal, and 31% of penile cancers.  HPV types 6 and 11 cause 90% of genital warts.  But here is the good news…..there is a … Continue reading

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Choking Prevention for Children

Pediatrics
Katie Vollmuth, M.D.

Choking is more likely to happen in a child that is three or under, but it can happen at any age.  Children are always putting things in their mouth. When they’re crawling and walking around they can find the tiniest little things, in the smallest little spaces. Make sure that all of their toys are age appropriate, they are eating age-appropriate foods, and that they are always seated during mealtime. For more tips on choking prevention, watch the short video below.

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Talk to Your Teen About Tanning Beds’ Cancer Risks

Pediatrics
Tricia Schmit, M.D.

Living in Nebraska, we get affected by the winter doldrums and many of us who also have pale skin decide try to brighten up with some visits to the tanning bed. Teens, especially, tend to be frequenting the salons to gain a pre-Prom or pre-vacation glow. As parents, not many of us consider this to be one of the items we argue with our kids about, but it does warrant a little more consideration. One study showed that as many at 35 to 40 percent of white adolescents have started getting indoor tans. Many people feel that the light from a tanning bed isn’t as harmful as the sun, but while it may seem to be easier to control, it is still … Continue reading

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