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Salina Pediatric Care is committed to providing friendly, exceptional care to keep your child healthy....for life.

We are proud to be an affiliate of
Salina Regional Health Center.

Spider Bites in Children

April 14, 2014 -- All of the 3,000 species of spiders found in the United States are poisonous; however, their fangs are either too short or too fragile to break through human skin, or their venom is too weak to cause damage. The bites of most spiders cause only minor, local reactions, although a deadly reaction can occur.

In the United States, the two spiders that can cause serious problems are the black widow and the brown recluse spiders (sometimes called the violin spider). Both of these spiders are found in warm climates. If it is possible to kill or capture the spider without further harm to yourself or your child, it is important to do so. Place the spider in a glass jar or plastic container so it can be positively identified.

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Why Children Bite

April 7, 2014 -- Although biting is fairly common in young children, it is often worrisome to adults. A family member, playmate, or classmate at daycare or preschool may be the one bitten. Biting can be painful and frightening when it occurs. It upsets other children and often angers teachers and other adults.

Biting is usually caused by one of four different factors:

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All About Allergies in Children

March 31, 2014 -- Allergies are physiological reactions caused when the immune system reacts to a specific foreign substance (allergen) that has been inhaled, touched, or eaten by a person.

Normally, the human body defends itself against harmful substances, such as viruses or bacteria, but, sometimes, the defenses aggressively attack usually innocuous substances such as dust, mold, or pollen.

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Avoid Soccer Injuries in Your Kids

March 24, 2014 -- The school team. The town team. The travel team. If your young soccer player is on the field for several games or practices a week, it may be too much.

Most injuries occur in the 10- to 14-year-old age group. Younger players are more susceptible to injury because they're still growing. Many soccer-related injuries are treated by health care professionals.

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Take the Bite Out of Spring

March 17, 2014 -- Mosquitoes can be more than a nuisance--they can ruin your outdoor plans and threaten your health. So it's a good idea to protect yourself and your family as the weather heats up.

Mosquitoes rest during the day in dark, humid areas, then come out at dusk to feed on animals and humans. The skin irritation you feel after a bite is your allergic reaction to their saliva.

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Spring Cleaning of Your Medicine Cabinet

March 10, 2014 -- When you make your spring-cleaning to-do list, don't forget the medicine cabinet. That means properly disposing of unused or expired medicine.

Why proper disposal? Medications can harm someone it is not prescribed for, including children and animals. And disposing of old medications reduces the risk of unintentional use, overdose, and illegal abuse. Plus, a wide range of prescription drugs has been detected in lakes, streams, rivers, and drinking water supplies due to flushing them down the toilet.

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Diet Drinks, Small Snacks Have Drawbacks

March 3, 2014 -- Diet soft drinks and packaged minisnacks seem like painless ways to provide treats as you trim calories from your child's diet.

Sugar-free soft drinks may be especially tempting. Children get an increasing share of their total calories from sugar-sweetened sodas, and studies link this to kids' rising weight. And common sense suggests that smaller snack packages will help keep your child from eating too much.

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Helping Teens Embrace Self-Care

February 24, 2014 -- Before teens leave home, parents need to teach them to make their own health care decisions. One way is to provide information and involve them in their own self-care from an early age.

It is important to remember that an adolescents' ability to cope with increasing responsibility is often enhanced by the parents' willingness to support them as they face new challenges.

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For Kids, Games Can Build Strong Minds

February 17, 2014 -- Here's a new reason to zap video games: Those electronic playthings keep kids from games that stimulate their minds in important ways.

Citing the latest research on the brain, experts say chess, Scrabble, Monopoly—even jigsaw puzzles or tic-tac-toe—do more to help children build analytical, organizational, and creative skills. As adults, your kids will need those abilities, which may keep their minds sharp as they reach old age.

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Television and Children

February 10, 2014 -- As children grow and develop, they can be easily influenced by what they see and hear, especially on television. While television programs can be educational, many children watch too much television. TV programs can show children violent behavior that you do not want them to imitate, or that can cause fear. TV may also show children poor eating habits through commercials for high-calorie, low-nutrient foods. Too much TV watching can also take away time from reading, studying, learning activities, play, and/or exercise. Television can also show alcohol and/or drug use, smoking, and sexual behavior before a child is emotionally ready to understand these issues and practice good decision-making.

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How to Let Go of Growing Kids

February 3, 2014 -- Making a healthy transition from adolescence to adulthood is essential for your kids--and for you. As you let go of maturing children, you must forge a new, adult relationship with them as a friend and adviser. The keys include communication and flexibility.

It's part of a process that accelerates as children move through adolescence. Teens want to be independent, but deep down they also need to be connected. Parents should balance increasing freedom with some guidelines--maintaining a curfew, for example.

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10 Ways to Keep Your Family Safe

January 27, 2014 -- Recent world events may have you feeling especially concerned about your family's safety. The biggest threats to safety, though, are very close to home.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), motor vehicle accidents, falls, accidental poisoning, drowning, and choking are the leading causes of unintentional death in the United States. Don't overlook some of the easiest ways to keep your family safe. These 10 tips can help.

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Safety for Snow Sports

January 20, 2014 -- Whether you're heading for the mountain to ski or just taking your sled to the hill, you can enjoy a great day out and get some exercise at the same time.

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends minimizing skiing injuries by getting in shape pre-season, taking lessons to improve skills and understand the outdoor conditions, and wearing properly adjusted equipment.

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Aerobic Exercises for Kids

January 13, 2014 -- Aerobic exercise is movement that gets your blood pumping faster around your whole body. It makes your heart beat faster. It also makes your lungs take in more oxygen. This causes you to breathe faster during the exercise.

Aerobic exercise is important for kids. It helps keep their heart, lungs, and blood vessels healthy. It can also help them keep or get to a healthy weight. Kids who exercise tend to have:

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Frostbite in Children

January 6, 2014 -- Frostbite is damage to the skin from freezing and is due to prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, usually below 32 degrees Fahreinheit (0 degrees Celsius). It occurs when ice crystals form on the skin or deeper tissue.

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Preparing for Severe Winter Weather

January 3, 2014 -- Severe winter storms can be dangerous, even deadly. They can include blizzards, freezing rain, ice, sleet and dangerously low temperatures and wind-chill factors. Knowing how to prepare for a storm, and what to do during and after one, can help keep you and your family safe.

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Sound Advice for MP3 Users

December 30, 2013 -- As teens and preteens plug in their earphones and crank up the volume, "Can you hear me now?" threatens to become more than an ad catch phrase.

Experts say today's small music players pose a big risk of hearing loss. One reason: The "earbuds" used with iPods and other MP3 players fit into the ears, not over them. That makes the sound more intense than old models. Their digital songs are distortion-free, too. That invites kids to dial up the loudness with no loss of clarity. Most portable music players can reach 120 decibels, louder than a lawn mower or chain saw.

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Teach the Joy of Gift Giving

December 23, 2013 -- It doesn't take much teaching for children to understand the "getting" part of giving and receiving. But it's never too early to begin setting a good example for your children by teaching them the joy of giving gifts.

Preschool age is a good time to start helping young children understand the idea of giving to others. You have lots of opportunities to help teach the concept of giving during the holidays. For example, children can pass on toys to youngsters who will spend the season at a hospital. Local charities typically establish special programs during the season to make it easy for families to help the less fortunate.

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cold & flu

PROTECT

Influenza comes around every year, usually in the late fall and winter. It's a virus ...

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ImPACT Sports

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ImPACT testing involves computer-based tests that measure a person's memory, ability ...

allergy season

TIPS

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Allergy is a physiological reaction caused when the immune system mistakenly identifies a normally ...

Walk-in Clinic Hours


Monday: 8:00 am to 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Thursday: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Friday: 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Web Resources

 

Salina Regional Health Center

SRHC's commitment to excellence makes a difference in people's lives so you can have the confidence that comes from getting better and stronger, every day.

 

MeningitisStories.com

Read powerful stories from survivors and families of people who have suffered the devastating effects of Meningococcal Disease.

 

American Academy of Pediatrics

The official web site of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

 

HealthyChildren.org

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) dedicates their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

 

Immunization Action Coalition

The Immunization Action Coalition is a source of child, teen, and adult immunization information for patients.