Sports Physicals-Why Are They Important

Playing sports helps keep you fit and active, they are also a great way to meet new people and keep up on your socialization skills.  One thing that many people don’t know is why it is so important to get a sport physical prior to the beginning of your sports season.

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Why is Summer Camp Important?

Every summer, millions of children attend various types summer camps. In a camp setting, children get to develop a set of independence and sense of community, all at the same time.  Summer camps are known for creating a safe environment where your children can gain self-confidence and learn new skills. If this is the first year you are looking to send your children to summer camp, you may have a lot of questions and hesitations.  We are here to help guide you with some answers to help you embark on the journey of summer camp.

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Bug Repellent

Pesky bugs can ruin a family picnic, hike, or trip to the park.  Make sure your kids are safe from bug bites with kid-safe bug repellent. We’ll tell you what to look for and what to avoid when choosing bug repellent and let you know how to apply the lotion or spray for the best results.

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Choosing A New Pediatrician

As a new parent, choosing a Pediatrician can be a difficult choice.  After all, this person will be a part of your life for 18 years. We always encourage parents to do their research and ask questions.

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Trampoline Safety Tips

As Pediatricians, we know how addictive and fun trampolines can be for kids. However, we often see trampoline-related accidents in our exam rooms because kids don’t understand the proper safety precautions before they start jumping.

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Transitioning Your Life When Your Kids Are Off To College

There are so many resources out there to help prepare high school graduates for the stressors of college life. However, many don’t speak to the transition that happens at home with parents, once kids have left for school. If you are not prepared for it, adjusting to a new household dynamic without your child can be difficult.  This is a very emotional and stressful time for parents and students. Here are some tips to make the college transition easier for yourself and your household.

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Preparing for College Success

The first year of college is one of the most memorable times in a young adult’s life, as it is often a first glimpse of freedom and independence. They’re exposed to a wealth of knowledge through their academics, and develop some of their closest friendships. However, the first year of college can be overwhelming for some, and without the right preparation from both kids and parents, college can be a stressful time. Below are some tips to set your college student on the right path from the get-go, making the adjustment to college life easier, safer, and far more enjoyable.

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Is It the “Winter Blues”?

Each year, more than 1 million children and adolescents suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a subtype of depression, this can also be known as the “Winter Blues.” It follows a seasonal pattern, where sufferers usually experience symptoms in the winter and fall. Sometimes it is easy for parents to overlook symptoms of SAD or dismiss them as normal mood swings.

There are no known causes of SAD, however researchers believe it may have something to do with the neurochemicals in melatonin and serotonin. Melatonin regulates our sleep, in fall and winter it increases in our body because there is less sunlight. Serotonin regulates our mood and decreases in fall and winter because there is less sunlight. The combination of these 2 things and the fluctuations in our bodies be associated with depression.

Symptoms of SAD

  • Becoming sad because of the shortening days
  • Oversleeping
  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Withdrawal from social activity
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Experience feelings of low self-worth and hopelessness
  • Struggle with school work

If your child is showing a few of these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean they have SAD. If symptoms persist for more than two weeks or they are so severe they are affecting your child’s normal routine, you should bring them in to see your pediatrician.

There are good ways to help prevent and treat SAD and symptoms can start to improve quickly.

Things you can do:

  • Spend time outside every day
  • Open window shades in the home
  • Exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet that is low in simple carbohydrates and high in vegetables, fruit and whole grains
  • Use a “dawn simulator” to gradually turn light on in the bedroom to trick your body into thinking the sunrise is earlier

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