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Parents’ Wake-Up Call

Life just seems to get busier and busier for our kids. The schoolwork, music lessons, and activities get harder and harder to fit into the day, so the bedtime slips later and later into the night. There is an epidemic…

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Facts of Lice

New guidelines published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have brought attention to a tiny nuisance we all dread – head lice. Nothing can make a rational adult crazier than the mere mention of these pests. Just the thought…

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Kids and Meds

Persuading your child to take medicine can sometimes be the hardest part of getting better. If only it was as easy as Mary Poppins sang: “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down – in the most delightful…

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Winterize Your Skin

Have you ever wondered why your skin becomes so dry and flaky during the winter months? Dry skin results from lack of water in the epidermis, the skin’s outermost layer. The epidermis is made up of proteins and lipids and…

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Raising Grateful Kids

Every parent has imagined it. Her meticulously groomed and beautifully clad offspring gratefully accepting holiday gifts amidst glowing decorations, offering an unprompted and heart-felt thank you to swooning grandparents or friends while she stands nearby, nearly collapsing from pride. Reality…

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Protect the Family

Last year’s outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus resulted in the first flu pandemic in over 40 years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 33 flu-related deaths a day occurred from the spread of this…

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Breastfeeding Benefits

  One of the earliest decisions as a new parent will be what to feed your newborn. Will your baby be breast- or bottle-fed? Both the Office of the Surgeon General and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend exclusive breastfeeding…

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Tick Check

Richmond families can count on summertime for fun on the James, watermelon in Cary town, tomatoes from Hanover, and the three Hs in our forecast: hazy, hot, and humid. This year, summertime is also bringing us an abundance of ticks.…

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Dog Days

There are 4.7 million dog bites annually in the United States, and the majority of the victims are children. Education is the key to reducing the number of dog bites. Just as parents model behaviors for socializing with people, we…

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Eye Safety

As energy levels soar during the summer months, our children engage life with vigor. As parents, we are ready for them to fly. Whenever possible, I like to advise some level of caution where the eyes are concerned, yet strike…

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