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Wellness Program Partnership with Mankato Area Public Schools

Mankato is partnering with Mankato Area Public Schools around wellness programming during the week of Oct. 4-8 to reinforce healthy habits.

September 27, 2021
Summer good time to talk to kids about alcohol

Children have more free time during the summer. Learn about the benefits of having crucial conversations with children about alcohol use.

June 9, 2021

From The Blog

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Conversations when kids test positive for COVID-19

COVID-19 cases among children are on the rise across the country. Parents have been asking lots of questions on how to talk with their children about a positive test. Here are a few tips.

Jennifer Brumm MD By Jennifer Brumm October 15, 2021
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COVID-19 symptoms to watch for in children, teens

When your child gets sick, you want to help them feel better. If they are diagnosed with COVID-19, find out about the symptoms you should watch for and what to do to help them recover.

Jeremy Forster, M.D. By Jeremy Forster September 23, 2021
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Hidden signs of vision problems in children

Healthy eyes and vision are a critical part of your child's development. Regular eye screenings and exams can detect many vision problems early. Find out what to look for.

Misty Watters DO By Misty Watters September 1, 2021
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9 tools for helping your child manage anxiety

Anxiety in children is normal. It can help with motivation and avoiding danger. But if your child's anxiety seems excessive, use these tools to work through it, restore confidence and know when to seek professional help.

Ali McCormick DO By Ali McCormick August 31, 2021
Deirdre Paulson, Ph.D. By Deirdre Paulson August 31, 2021
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Helping your child's education through an IEP or 504 plan

Two U.S. programs give students with a disability equal access to education. Learn about the differences between plans, and the role of your child's primary care provider.

Michelle Olson MD By Michelle Botts Olson August 16, 2021
Kyja Stygar, M.D. By Kyja Stygar August 16, 2021
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How the COVID-19 delta variant is impacting younger people

The number of COVID-19 infections, mostly with the delta variant, continues to rise, especially in parts of the U.S. where vaccination rates are low. A Mayo Clinic expert answers questions about the delta variant and how it's affecting young people.

August 13, 2021
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Is your child getting enough sleep?

Summertime can significantly change children's sleep habits. As your family prepares for a new school year, consider sleep routines and if your children are getting enough sleep.

Karley Mecko, D.O. By Karley Mecko August 2, 2021
Deirdre Paulson, Ph.D. By Deirdre Paulson August 2, 2021
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Back-to-school checklist: Are your kids ready?

As your family gears up for another school year, use this checklist to address the health and well-being of your children.

Terri Nordin, M.D. By Terri Nordin July 29, 2021
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Create an asthma action plan for your child

Asthma is a common chronic condition of childhood. If your child has it, the back-to-school season is a great time to develop an asthma action plan. Here's what to include.

Katie Swanson, C.N.P. By Katie Swanson July 28, 2021
Teen using cellphone sitting on floor

Advocating for transgender children's health care

Timely care and empathetic support can be crucial to the overall health and well-being of transgender youth. Learn how to advocate for your child's health care.

Heidi Back, C.N.M. By Heidi Back July 27, 2021
Two kids playing video games

Can children develop Type 2 diabetes?

Over the past 20 years, Type 2 diabetes has been on the rise, especially in children. Get the risk factors, and learn steps to take to prevent your child from developing it.

Katie Swanson, C.N.P. By Katie Swanson July 26, 2021

Stomachache in children: How to know if it's serious

Most children experience abdominal pain from time to time. As a parent, it can be hard to decide if your child's abdominal pain is normal or the sign of something more serious. Here's how to know.

Timothy Slama DO By Timothy Slama July 16, 2021