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Play! It's good for your family's health

With summer in full swing and seemingly unlimited opportunities for kids to play, it’s a good time to remember that play isn’t just fun — it’s the foundation for healthy growth.

Hilary Kent, DPT By Hilary Kent June 17, 2020

4 tips for temper tantrums

We’ve all been there. Your toddler is having a meltdown in the middle of the grocery store aisle. What do you do now? These 4 tips may offer some techniques you haven’t tried yet.

Sara Herrmann, M.D. By Sara Herrmann June 15, 2020

Are video games and screens another addiction?

In our digital world, most of us own electronic devices with screens. As a parent, you may worry about the impact of your and your children's screen use. Find out what you can do.

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham June 10, 2020

Childhood vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, parents are thoughtful about bringing children to public spaces, including clinics. However, families should keep children on the recommended vaccine schedule. Learn why.

Jennifer Johnson DO By Jennifer Johnson May 21, 2020

8 tips to develop children's curiosity

Curious children are more likely to learn and retain information, and stay involved and do better in school. Get 8 tips to nurture and develop children's curiosity, and have fun exploring with your family.

Melanie Busch NP By Melanie Busch May 15, 2020

10 ways to manage COVID-19 symptoms at home

With stay-at-home orders, now is the time to focus on minimizing exposures and spread of COVID-19. One way to accomplish this is by managing any new viral symptoms at home. What does that mean?

Samantha Runstrom, M.D. By Samantha Runstrom May 13, 2020

Help kids unplug while school is closed

Our kids are using technology to keep up with schoolwork and their friends. But it's also important to help them unplug. Here are some ideas of things you can try today.

March 28, 2020

Can wet hair make you sick?

Did your mom ever warn you that going outside with wet hair will make you sick? Sorry, mom, but it's time for a fact check.

Carmen Dargel MD By Carmen Dargel February 26, 2020

Keeping children's teeth healthy

Dental infections are one of the most common infections in children. Even though dentistry has come a long way with the latest advancements, you still have an active role in your and your child's dental care. Remember these tips for keeping your child's teeth healthy.

Erin Westfall, D.O. By Erin Westfall February 25, 2020

Yuck, I have the flu — now what?

It's the season for influenza. The good news is most people can treat themselves at home. Learn what to do to self-manage the flu.

Ann Bischel, N.P. By Ann Bischel January 21, 2020

5 things you need to know about mental health and girls

One in 6 adolescent or teen children experience a mental disorder each year. Being a preteen or teen girl can be especially challenging. Get 5 tips to positively impact mental health in a teen girl in your life.

Jessie Wolf LICSW By Jessie Wolf December 13, 2019

Tips to help parents prepare kids for the flu shot

With cold and flu season here, a local health care expert has some helpful updates and reminders for parents to be aware of, especially with the holidays approaching.

Jennifer Marr DNP By Jennifer Marr November 13, 2019