Health Topics

Find information on many health topics, listed A to Z.

Children's Health (Pediatrics)

Pediatric medicine provides expert care for common problems to the most complex situations from birth through the teen years.

June

Screenings
Waseca, MN In Person

Mayo Clinic Health System is offering qualifying sports screenings for area school athletes entering grades 7–12 in the 2022–2023 school year.

Student athletes are asked to:

  • Wear gym shorts and a T-shirt to the screening.
  • Bring the completed Sports Qualifying Physical Exam Form from the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) website.
  • Have a parent or guardian present if athlete is under age 18.

This screening is not meant to take the place of ongoing care with your regular health care professional. Immunizations will not be offered. If your child has not had a well-child exam in the last two years or is unable to attend one of these events, contact your local clinic to schedule an exam in which they can be cleared for sports.

If a health concern is detected during the screening, the provider will advise you to contact your primary care provider and will not sign the MSHSL physical exam form.

View the sports screening flyer for additional locations and dates.

Schedule a sports screening appointment by calling 507-835-1210.

Prenatal & Parenting
Fairmont, MN In Person

This group is for new mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding. Baby Cafe is a national network of breastfeeding drop-ins, combining breastfeeding information in a relaxed, informal environment where mothers can chat and learn about breastfeeding from skilled practitioners and each other. Registration is not required, this is a drop-in offering. 

Class Cancellations

If a class is canceled, Mayo Clinic Health System will make every attempt to reach you by phone or email. Mayo Clinic Health System reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet minimum size requirements. If local schools are cancelled, so are prenatal education offerings. Alternative classes will be offered whenever possible. Call 507-594-4607 for cancellation or postponement information.

Prenatal & Parenting
Red Wing, MN In Person

This class is for after your baby is born. Parents and baby are welcomed back to the classroom for the new challenges of baby care and parenting.

Educators and lactation consultants will answer parent questions and review topics such as baby care, growth and development, weight gain, lactation and feeding issues, and facing new challenges. Attend as many classes as desired. Siblings and family members are welcome.

Registration is not required.

If there is inclement weather, Mayo Clinic Health System will likely cancel class.


This class is open to current Mayo Clinic Health System OB-GYN patients. It is ideal to attend a class from the location you plan to deliver at so you will be prepared with local birth center processes. If you are not a Mayo Clinic Health System OB patient, view Mayo Clinic prenatal class offerings.

Prenatal & Parenting
La Crosse, WI In Person

This in-person support group is a great way to meet local moms, ask questions about lactation and newborn care, and check your baby’s weight. Education topic or speaker will vary each week. Drop in to group as it works for your schedule. Call Lactation at 608-392-9789 with any questions or concerns.

 

July

Prenatal & Parenting
Fairmont, MN In Person

This three-week class held on Mondays, is for moms at 24–32 weeks' gestation and their support person. Topics include a variety of information on pregnancy, the process of labor and delivery, comfort measures, the days transitioning from pregnancy to the postpartum period, newborn care and the adjustments of being new parents. Registration is required and class size is limited.

For those who can't come to a childbirth class, we offer the Understanding Birth eClass. Learn more about this class and register here (scroll toward bottom of the page).



This class is open to current Mayo Clinic Health System OB-GYN patients. It is ideal to attend a class from the location you plan to deliver so you will be prepared with local birth center processes. If you are not a Mayo Clinic Health System OB patient, view Mayo Clinic prenatal class offerings.


Class cancellations

If a class is canceled, Mayo Clinic Health System will make every attempt to reach you by phone or email. Mayo Clinic Health System reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet minimum size requirements. If local schools are cancelled, so are prenatal education offerings. Alternative classes will be offered whenever possible. Call 507-238-8100 for cancellation or postponement information.

Screenings
Lake City, MN In Person

Mayo Clinic Health System is offering free qualifying sports screenings for area school athletes entering grades 7–12 in the 2022–23 school year.

Student athletes are asked to be prepared for the screening and to:

  • Wear gym shorts and T-shirt.
  • Bring school ID.
  • Bring the completed Sports Qualifying Physical Exam Form from the Minnesota State High School League website.
  • Have a parent present (recommended, but not required).

This screening is not meant to take the place of ongoing care with your regular health care professional. Immunizations will not be offered. If your child has not had a well-child exam in the last two years or is unable to attend one of these events, contact your local clinic to schedule an exam in which they can be cleared for sports.

View the sports screening flyer for additional locations and dates.

Schedule a sports screening appointment online with Patient Online Services or the Mayo Clinic App, or by calling 651-345-1100.

Prenatal & Parenting
Red Wing, MN In Person

This class is recommended during the second or third trimester of pregnancy. Topics include progression of labor into birth, birth stories, options for pain relief, comfort measures, positioning and medication alternatives. Baby care topics include normal characteristics of the newborn, caring for baby, infant safety, family adjustments to the new baby, car seat safety, physical development and couplet care.

If there is inclement weather, you can call Mayo Clinic Health System's switchboard at 651-267-5000 to see if class is canceled. If a class is canceled for non-weather reasons, Mayo Clinic Health System will make every attempt to reach you by phone or email.


This class is open to current Mayo Clinic Health System OB-GYN patients. It is ideal to attend a class from the location you plan to deliver so you will be prepared with local birth center processes. If you are not a Mayo Clinic Health System OB patient, view Mayo Clinic prenatal class offerings.


COVID Safety Requirements
All attendees should not have any symptoms of: New onset cough, fever/chills, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea or Loss of sense of taste or smell. Attendees should not come to class if they have tested positive, or had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days.

  • All attendees must wear a surgical mask upon arrival—these will be provided by the hospital.
  • Attendees must maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet from non-household/family member attendees.
  • Frequent breaks will be scheduled, eating is not permitted in the classes.
Screenings
Cannon Falls, MN In Person

Mayo Clinic Health System is offering free qualifying sports screenings for area school athletes entering grades 7–12 in the 2022–23 school year.

Student athletes are asked to be prepared for the screening and to:

  • Wear gym shorts and T-shirt.
  • Bring school ID.
  • Bring the completed Sports Qualifying Physical Exam Form from the Minnesota State High School League website.
  • Have a parent present (recommended, but not required).

This screening is not meant to take the place of ongoing care with your regular health care professional. Immunizations will not be offered. If your child has not had a well-child exam in the last two years or is unable to attend one of these events, contact your local clinic to schedule an exam in which they can be cleared for sports.

View the sports screening flyer for additional locations and dates.

Schedule a sports screening appointment online with Patient Online Services or the Mayo Clinic App, or by calling 507-263-6001.

Screenings
Mankato, MN In Person

Mayo Clinic Health System is offering qualifying sports screenings for area school athletes entering grades 7–12 in the 2022–2023 school year.

Student athletes are asked to:

  • Wear gym shorts and a T-shirt to the screening.
  • Bring the completed Sports Qualifying Physical Exam Form from the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) website.
  • Have a parent or guardian present if athlete is under age 18.

This screening is not meant to take the place of ongoing care with your regular health care professional. Immunizations will not be offered. If your child has not had a well-child exam in the last two years or is unable to attend one of these events, contact your local clinic to schedule an exam in which they can be cleared for sports.

If a health concern is detected during the screening, the provider will advise you to contact your primary care provider and will not sign the MSHSL physical exam form.

View the sports screening flyer for additional locations and dates.

Schedule a sports screening appointment online with Patient Online Services or the Mayo Clinic App, or by calling 507-594-2600.

Screenings
Ellsworth, Wi In Person

Mayo Clinic Health System is offering free qualifying sports screenings for area school athletes entering grades 7–12 in the 2022–23 school year.

Student athletes are asked to be prepared for the screening and to:

  • Wear gym shorts and T-shirt.
  • Bring school ID.
  • Bring completed Wisconsin high school league sports screening form.
  • Have a parent present (recommended, but not required).

This screening is not meant to take the place of ongoing care with your regular health care professional. Immunizations will not be offered. If your child has not had a well-child exam in the last two years or is unable to attend one of these events, contact your local clinic to schedule an exam in which they can be cleared for sports.

View the sports screening flyer for additional locations and dates.

Schedule a sports screening appointment online with Patient Online Services or the Mayo Clinic App, or by calling 715-273-5061.

Screenings
Onalaska, WI In Person

Mayo Clinic Health System is providing a comprehensive exam that includes updating immunizations and completing any required school or sports forms for the school year.

If your child plays a school sport or will start preschool, kindergarten or college in the fall, make an appointment now.

See examination dates and times listed below:

  • July 20, 3:30-5 p.m.
  • July 25, 4-6 p.m.
  • Aug. 1, 4-6 p.m.
  • Aug. 2, 4-5 p.m.
  • Aug. 3, 4-6 p.m.
  • Aug. 10, 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Aug. 11, 5-6 p.m.
  • Aug. 12, 3-5 p.m.
  • Aug. 16, 4-5 p.m.
  • Aug. 18, 4:30-6 p.m.

Schedule an appointment online with Patient Online Services or the Mayo Clinic App, or by calling 608-392-5001.

Screenings
Zumbrota, MN In Person

Mayo Clinic Health System is offering free qualifying sports screenings for area school athletes entering grades 7–12 in the 2022–23 school year.

Student athletes are asked to be prepared for the screening and to:

  • Wear gym shorts and T-shirt.
  • Bring school ID.
  • Bring the completed Sports Qualifying Physical Exam Form from the Minnesota State High School League website.
  • Have a parent present (recommended, but not required).

This screening is not meant to take the place of ongoing care with your regular health care professional. Immunizations will not be offered. If your child has not had a well-child exam in the last two years or is unable to attend one of these events, contact your local clinic to schedule an exam in which they can be cleared for sports.

View the sports screening flyer for additional locations and dates.

Schedule a sports screening appointment online with Patient Online Services or the Mayo Clinic App, or by calling 507-732-7314.

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