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Salina Pediatric Care is committed to providing friendly, exceptional care to keep your child healthy....for life.
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How Does Your Garden Grow?
July 14, 2014 -- For many of us, spring means gardening--and our pursuit of greener grass or pest-free flowers may lead us to fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.
Recent studies, however, raise a red flag on chemical use, pointing to a possible link between herbicides and pesticides and diseases such as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, other lymphoproliferative cancers, Parkinson's disease and other neurological problems such as memory loss. Experts are calling for more research, but the home gardener should play it safe.
The importance of seat belts and car seats
July 7, 2014 -- For children ages 14 and younger, unintentional injury-related deaths occur most often when riding in a car. According to the most recent statistics, among children ages 14 and younger who were killed as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, 53 percent were not using safety restraints at the time of collision.
According to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, children ages 4 and younger who ride in motor vehicles unrestrained are twice as likely to die or suffer injuries in a car crash.
All About Sunscreen
June 30, 2014 -- Summertime. Beach time. Long hours in the sun. Before you head out to the white hot sand, you'll want to pick up some sunscreen. But should you buy SPF 15? SPF 30? How about 45?
Should you get a sun block? A sunscreen? Something that's waterproof? If you're confused by the numbers and types of sunscreen, welcome to the club. Many Americans, it seems, are so confused by sunscreens that they don't even use them. An adult should use enough sunscreen to fill a shot glass to cover arms, legs, neck, and face. If you are also using insect repellant or other lotions, apply the sunscreen first.
Facts About Skin Cancer
June 23, 2014 -- Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, with more than 3.5 million people diagnosed each year. It's also increasing in young people.
The skin is made up of three main layers: the epidermis (outer layer); the dermis (middle layer); and the subcutis (the deepest layer). The epidermis has three different types of cells: squamous cells form the top level; basal cells form the deeper layer; and melanocytes, cells that give skin its color, are scattered through the epidermis. Skin cancers are caused when DNA of cells are damaged and the cells grow uncontrollably to form a tumor.
What is sunburn?
June 16, 2014 -- Sunburn is a visible reaction of the skin's exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation or UV light sources, invisible rays that are part of sunlight, such as tanning salons. Ultraviolet rays can also cause invisible damage to the skin. Excessive and/or multiple sunburns cause premature aging of the skin and lead to skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US and exposure to the sun is the leading cause of skin cancer.
Keeping an Eye on Sunshine
June 9, 2014 -- Sunglasses are an important weapon in the fight against skin cancer and cataracts. Chronic exposure of the eyes to sunlight increases the risks of cataracts and skin cancers of the eyelid. Health experts estimate more than 10 percent of cataracts suffered by Americans are UV-related. Wearing sunglasses that block 99 percent or more of UV radiation can help reduce the risk. Sunglasses that wrap around the sides of your head offer better protection. Be sure you sunglasses block both UVA and UVB rays.
Refreshing Summer Meals
June 2, 2014 -- Turn off the stove. Put away the pots and pans. Forget about cooking. It's time for the cool, easy foods of late summer.
There's a good reason to make the switch, if you haven't already this season. When the mercury is high, we all crave meals that are cool and refreshing, nutrition experts say. We instinctively turn to meals that have a high water content to replace the steady water loss that we experience in the summertime.
Water Safety and Teens
May 26, 2014 -- If children and adolescents are around bodies of water on a regular basis, parents should learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), which, in case of an emergency, can save lives, reduce the severity of injury, and improve the chance of survival. CPR training is available through the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, and your local hospital or fire department.
Sunburn and Children
May 19, 2014 -- Sunburn is a visible reaction of the skin's exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation or UV light sources, invisible rays that are part of sunlight, such as tanning salons. Ultraviolet rays can also cause invisible damage to the skin. Excessive and/or multiple sunburns cause premature aging of the skin and lead to skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US and exposure to the sun is the leading cause of skin cancer.
Children often spend a good part of their day playing outdoors in the sun, especially during the summer. Children who have fair skin, moles, or freckles, or who have a family history of skin cancer, are more likely to develop skin cancer in later years.
Take the Bite Out of Spring
May 12, 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.
How Your Child Can Live Well with Asthma
May 5, 2014 -- If you have a child with asthma, you know how frightening wheezing, coughing, and other asthma symptoms can be. Some children eventually outgrow asthma, but for many it is a long-term disease that requires a long-term treatment plan.
With the right asthma action plan, most children with asthma can live full and active lives.
How to Tell if Your Child Needs Braces
April 28, 2014 -- Q: So many children have braces. How can I tell if my child is heading toward needing braces?
A: Children should have a checkup with an orthodontist no later than age 7. Your regular dentist is an excellent resource who can tell you whether your child, regardless of age, would benefit from seeing an orthodontist. Here are some things to look for, indicating that a child is likely to benefit from seeing an orthodontist:
Giving Your Baby the Best Nutrition
April 21, 2014 -- As a new parent, you want the best for your child. And that includes the best nutrition. But the proper nutrition for kids can seem baffling, given the latest health headlines. Americans are more overweight than ever, and the trend is spreading to youngsters. In fact, it is so prevalent that infant car-seat manufacturers are producing a line of oversized seats to accommodate the larger-than-average infants and toddlers.
Nutrition experts are seeing more and more children with weight problems. Even preschoolers are tipping the scales on the high end for their age group. And a recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) still found that most American children aren't meeting the daily minimums for recommended nutrients.
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.
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:
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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