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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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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Tricia Schmit, M.D.

Keeping Kids Safe This Fourth Of July


Pediatrics

I may sound like a scaredy-cat, but fireworks make me nervous. All that explosive power in the hands of random individuals doesn’t make me at ease. They may be beautiful, traditional ways of celebrating, especially this time of year, but that doesn’t make me comfortable when it comes to kids being nearby these dangerous items. Fireworks related injuries affect the 15-24 year old age group the most (this isn’t really a surprise, we all know that these young people are probably able to buy the fireworks themselves, and engage in activities where they may not be making the best decisions). But the next most affected age group are those kids under 10 years old. (2) These are the ones that … Continue reading

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Katie Vollmuth, M.D.

The Hidden Signs of Drowning


Pediatrics

It’s something no parent wants to think will ever happen to their child, but drowning is a leading cause of death in young children.  The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services reports that drowning is the number one cause of accidental death in children 1-4 years of age.  Between 1999-2004, 15 children drowned in Nebraska, and in 2012 there were 4 fatalities in children under 15 years due to drowning. It is important to understand drowning in order to really know how to prevent it. Recognizing that a person is drowning is not easy.  TV and movies would have us believe that a person in trouble will be thrashing their arms around and screaming for help.  It is actually … Continue reading

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Tricia Schmit, M.D.

Kid-Friendly Summer Snacks


Pediatrics

School is winding down and the kids are getting excited to spend more time at home. They’ll be raiding the fridge and kitchen cabinets in no time. We all have to be prepped for the onslaught. It’s no big secret that kids today are challenged with lots of high calorie snack options adorned with Spiderman or Dora on the packages (which instantly makes them more interesting to young ones). And now there is even a study that explains the gazes of these characters are aimed straight at eye level with kids! Therefore, we have to overhaul things at home to make sure there are some good options while the kids are satisfying the munchies. Kids tend to want items that … Continue reading

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