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Important Info on Influenza!

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that occurs every year in the fall and winter months.  Muscle pain, headaches, fever, chills, runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fevers can all be signs of influenza. These symptoms can be similar to a common cold, however if your child has most of these symptoms without a fever, then it probably is NOT …

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Give Your Kids A Break!

Have you given your kids a break lately? A break from screens? Video games, social media, movie streaming, and online learning are contributing to more children spending more time on computers, tablets, TVs, and smartphones. According to The American Academy of Pediatrics, too much screen time can cause issues with your child’s eyes and general well-being. Research shows that children …

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Keeping Kids Warm AND Safe

Even though it is still November, it seems like winter arrived in Southeast Idaho this past week! Many of us were digging deep into our closets to try to find hats, gloves, and coats to make sure our kids would stay warm. Winter coats are a necessity for kids during the cold weather season, however the extra padding to keep …

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Influenza Season is Coming- Protect Your Loved Ones!

As the weather is turning colder, unfortunately that also means that flu season is upon us. Flu season usually starts in the fall and ends in the spring. Influenza or “The Flu” is an illness caused by a respiratory virus. The flu can spread rapidly through schools, homes, and communities. This year with COVID-19, it is especially important to protect …

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Sore Throat? Watch for Symptoms of Strep!

A sore throat can have many different causes. Colds, influenza, allergies, and now even COVID-19! One of the common causes of sore throats in children ages 5-15 is strep throat. Group A Strep is the only common bacterial cause of a throat infection. Diagnosis can be confirmed by a Strep test on a sample of throat secretions. Cough, hoarseness, red …

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Hand Foot and Mouth Disease- What You Need to Know!

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD)  is a virus that causes small painful blisters in the mouth. Most children also get tiny blisters on their hands and their feet. This is caused by the Coxsackie A-16 virus, and mainly occurs in children ages 6 months-4 years. Although Hand Foot and Mouth Disease can be very painful, it usually does not …

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Is it LICE???

No parent or caregiver wants to hear that LICE is going around! Although lice can be a frustrating and annoying problem to deal with, it can usually be treated at home! With careful treatment, all lice and nits lice eggs are usually killed. There are no lasting problems from having head lice and they do not carry any diseases or …

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Cuts, Scrapes, and Bruises- When to Call the Doctor!

Cuts, scrapes, and bruises are a common occurrence, especially in children. Whether they are playing sports, at the playground, riding bikes, or going to school, these unfortunate accidents can cause a lot of pain and stress for children of all ages. Sometimes it can be hard to know if it is just a cut, or if it needs to be …

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Concussions- Do You Know the Signs?

Sports in many areas are in full swing! Every sport comes with some level of risk, but concussions are one of the more common injuries in youth and high school sports including football, soccer, lacrosse, basketball, hockey, and cheerleading. A concussion is an injury that can temporarily disrupt the normal function of the brain. This will affect a child’s ability …

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Street Safety for Kids

A lot of kids are heading back to school soon. Many of them kids walk or ride their bike to school every single day. We wanted to pass along some important information from the American Academy of Pediatrics on how to keep your kids safe from injuries on the streets. Did you know that injuries are the greatest threat to …