Katie Vollmuth, M.D.

At-Home Treatments for 5 Common Childhood Ailments


Pediatrics

The weather is nice and our children are spending more time outside. Which is great! But that usually means more injuries and ailments for them. Here are some tips for the correct way to deal with 5 of the most common injuries/ailments that can occur. 1. Burns – A minor burn is red and tender with minor swelling. To treat this, place the burned skin under cold running water to cool the area. Do not put ice on it as it can slow healing. If a blister does form do your best to keep it in tact and do NOT pop it. A popped blister will give bacteria a chance to enter and cause infection. Apply a bandage after the … Continue reading

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Teri Lee RD, LMNT

The Benefits of Eating Whole Grains


Nutrition, Wellness

A whole grain is a simple food. While simple, it is a complete grain  composed of 3 parts, including bran, germ and endosperm.  Additionally, a whole grain provides phytonutrients, antioxidants, fiber, minerals, vitamins, and carbohydrates. Tips for finding whole grains: Read ingredient list:  Look for Whole or Whole Grain at the beginning of the ingredient list. Example: Whole Grain Oats Look for Whole Grain Symbol: If a product shows a 100% stamp then all the grains in the product are whole grains. This means that the product provides 16 grams of whole grains which is a full serving. If a product shows the basic stamp it means the product contains at least a serving of whole grains which is 8 grams. Not all foods have … Continue reading

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Karen Bermel LIMHP, MC

How to Prepare Kids for the New School Year NOW


Mental Health, Wellness

We are at that turning point of summer. As I write this blog, July 4th is this weekend. I’ve talked with various teachers, parents and students who use July 4th as a mid-point of summer. For most, it’s a fun time of year, a much-needed time of year to rest up from the previous school year. Many indicate that the July 4th Holiday is the turning point they use to reset their barometers to the upcoming school year. The start of the school year does seem to approach quickly once July is underway. Because so many of our schools here in the Omaha area start early and mid-August, it really is time to start thinking about how to prepare. I’ve … Continue reading

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Katie Vollmuth, M.D.

What’s the Rub with Sunscreen? Tips for Proper Sun Protection


Pediatrics

“A drink in my hand, my snow up against the burning sand, probably getting gorgeously tanned in summer!” We are 100% in summer mode now with school being out and our kids are going to be spending a lot of time outdoors. So now is the time to have a plan for protecting their skin from the harmful rays of the sun. It has been long known that solar radiation can cause skin cancer. Melanoma incidence has been increasing over the last 30 years. The group that has experienced this the most is young, white women (ages 15-39) and white adults older than 65. It is believed that a few things may be contributing to the increase including the deterioration … Continue reading

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Paula Miller, APRN

Firework Safety


Wellness

We all enjoy having a good time on Fourth of July, and we want you to be safe during this holiday season.  Each 4th of July season about 9,500 people are injured from fireworks. Always purchase fireworks from a reputable service, never make your own. Do not allow children to play with fireworks unsupervised; even adolescents should be supervised.  Most injuries with adolescents are from shooting fireworks at each other or throwing them at each other.  This can be deadly in some cases, but serious in others with eye injuries as well as burns. It is recommended you use eye protection during shooting fireworks. Never use a cigarette as a lighting device. Always use a lighter or a device specifically … Continue reading

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