Increasing Physical Activity in Teenagers

Increasing Physical Activity in Teenagers

Extracurricular activities play an important role in the physical, mental and emotional growth of teenagers.  As they grow into adolescence, kids usually gravitate towards one or two activities that they are good at and that they enjoy.  I love...

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Nearly a Third of Teens Use One or More Tobacco Products

Nearly a Third of Teens Use One or More Tobacco Products

While e-cigarettes are still the most popular, teenagers are also smoking other items like cigarillos — another worrisome sign for nicotine addiction, the C.D.C. says. By Jan Hoffman and Sheila Kaplan via New York Times Nearly one in three high school students has...

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What is Croup?

What is Croup?

Croup is a common upper respiratory tract infection that can affect young children. Croup typically occurs in the fall and winter months and is caused by parainfluenza or influenza viruses, adenovirus, or respiratory syncytial virus. These viruses cause inflammation...

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Breast-feeding tips: What new moms need to know

Breast-feeding tips: What new moms need to know

Breast-feeding can be challenging. Consider breast-feeding tips for new moms, from asking for help right away to letting baby set the pace. By Mayo Clinic Staff You know the benefits of breast-feeding. Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients for your baby....

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Let’s Talk Teeth

Let’s Talk Teeth

Justin Lay, M.D. Teething and dental hygiene are frequently encountered topics in the Pediatric Office. In today’s article, we will discuss these topics and hopefully alleviate any fears or concerns associated with both tooth eruption and appropriate dental care. ...

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Introducing Solids to your Baby

Introducing Solids to your Baby

Katherine B. Patrick, M.D. One common question faced by new parents is “how should my baby start baby food?” Initiation of solids (meaning any nutrition except breastmilk/formula, often referred to as pureed “baby food”) can raise a lot of questions but can also be a...

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11 Ways to Celebrate the First Day of Summer

11 Ways to Celebrate the First Day of Summer

Summer is most people's favorite time of the year. School is out, the weather is warm and it's time to relax and recharge. Jill Tipograph, an expert on summer and founder of Everything Summer, says that "summer is a fantastic time for families to reconnect and...

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Fireworks Safety Tips for Parents

Fireworks Safety Tips for Parents

The warm summer weather, the smell of hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, the comfort of family and friends and the sound of fireworks in the air can only mean one thing. This fun-filled holiday weekend can create many wonderful memories. However, for those...

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Mental illness in children: Know the signs

Mental illness in children: Know the signs

Mental illness in children can be hard for parents to identify. As a result, many children who could benefit from treatment don't get the help they need. Understand the warning signs of mental illness in children and how you can help your child cope. Why is it hard...

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Top 5 Things You Should Know About Measles

Top 5 Things You Should Know About Measles

Darren T. Scoggin, MDChildren’s Medical GroupJackson, MS Measles is a preventable viral illness. Measles is a virus that causes a grouping of symptoms that usually starts with fever, cough, runny nose, and conjunctivitis (or red eyes), followed by rash in many...

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How to Reduce Added Sugar in Your Child’s Diet: AAP Tips

How to Reduce Added Sugar in Your Child’s Diet: AAP Tips

On average, sugar makes up 17% of what children consume each day. That's a lot of sugar―and half of that comes from drinks with added sugar! What's Added Sugar?  Many foods or beverages have extra sugar and syrups added to them when they are processed or...

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Heat Related Illness in Children and Adolescents

Heat Related Illness in Children and Adolescents

As Spring approaches in Mississippi, warmer temperatures are just around the corner. With the extreme heat and humidity of Mississippi summers, it is important to recognize and treat heat related illness in children, as well as prevent it from the start. Children...

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Swim Lessons: When to Start & What Parents Should Know

Swim Lessons: When to Start & What Parents Should Know

Learning to swim should be a priority for every family. It's an important life skill that can play a key role in helping to prevent drowning―a top cause of death among children. Children, and their parents, need to learn how to swim to help keep time in the water safe...

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