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Get Rid of Germs!

Germs are all around us, and parents everywhere are trying to make sure to keep their homes and children as healthy and germ-free as possible. What is the most important thing you can do to help prevent sickness and disease? According to The American Academy of Pediatrics, it’s WASHING YOUR HANDS! It is important to teach your kids from an …

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Fevers- Fact or Fiction?

This year, almost everyone has had their temperature taken significantly more than ever have before! Taking your temperature is a good way to determine if you have a fever. Almost all fevers are caused by a new infection, but not all fevers require treatment or indicate a serious problem. Most fevers with viral illnesses range between 101° and 104° F, …

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Help Your Kids LEARN to READ and LOVE to READ!

Kids know they need to read to get good grades at school. Sometimes, they might even feel like they read all day long at school! Reading is very good for kids, but sometimes it is hard to get them to want to read outside of school. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the best thing parents can do …

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Common Cold or RSV?

Respiratory Syncytial Virus or RSV for short, is a virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages and will affect almost all children before they are two years old. When healthy children get RSV, it will effect them just like a cold, but some children can become very sick when they contract RSV. RSV is the main cause of pneumonia …

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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 …