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Concussions and Head Injuries: What You Need to Know

Concussions or serious head injuries always can happen in a flash. It’s important to know when to seek medical attention. Your six-month-old rolled off the bed Your “almost walking” one-year-old just nosedived into the coffee table You barely finished taking a picture of your adorable kids in his Peewee football uniform and helmet, and now,…

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How Much Sleep Does Your Child Need

A new school year in upon us and that means early mornings, homework and early bedtime routines. A good night sleep can make all the difference in the world and help your child be the best student and person they can be. Below you will find some helpful guidelines to keep your troops well rested…

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4 Tips for Navigating Referrals

Many families in our office have been grateful for the help of Theo, our referral coordinator. Theo has worked at Kids First Pediatric Partners since 2007. Theo helps families navigate with coordination of care for specialists or tests that are needed. We know how cumbersome insurance can be, and Theo helps to ensure that patients…

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Bullying: What Parents Can Do

With a new school year underway, it’s a good time to address the problem of bullying. Bullying is a serious problem that can make a victim miserable, especially with cyber bullying–where bullies have instant and constant access to victims. At its worst, bullying can leave the victim with serious long term effects and can even…

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Healthy School Lunch Ideas

It’s that time of year again when parents and caregivers are packing school lunches. Here are some tips to make lunches healthier, easier to pack and more fun to eat. 1. Get the kids involved. Kids (and big people, too) are more likely to eat something they helped prepare. 2. Collect plastic containers that will…

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Brain Teaser Fun

We’re excited to announce a fun crossword and word search for Kids First patients. We’ll be printing them for kids who visit our office, and you can download yours here. Once your kids complete it, post a photo to our Facebook page! Download the crossword here. Download the word search here. Save Save

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Avoid the Summer Slide

Keeping up with reading and writing skills over the summer is key to maintaining learning throughout the year. While summer is a wonderful break from the routine of school, the long break can rightly cause parents to fear the summer slide. Research from the National Summer Learning Association indicates students score lower on standardized tests…

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Car Seat Safety

Summer is in full swing, and that means road trips! Whether you’re going across town or across country, here are some helpful tips to keep you and your little ones (and bigger ones) safely strapped into car seats. Buckle Up! Everyone in the car- children and adults alike- need to be buckled at all times….

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The Upshot of the Flu Shot

Many of you have likely seen recent media reports regarding the nasal spray flu vaccine for this coming season. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (a committee at the Center for Disease Control) voted that live attenuated influenza vaccine – commonly referred to as the Flumist -should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season….

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The Buzz on Bug Spray

Warm weather is finally upon us, and along with sunny days come pesky bugs! Mosquitoes and ticks are just part of the summer experience, but some can harbor illnesses that can be passed on to humans and have the potential to make us sick. And this year, with Zika so often in the news, everyone…

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Sun 411: 7 Tips for Healthy Skin

Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Kids don’t have to be at the pool, beach, or on vacation to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors. With summer here and long pool days ahead,…

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Zika: What You Need to Know

For months now news and social media outlets have featured stories on the spread of the Zika virus and the dangers it presents. With the upcoming Olympic Games in South America – not to mention summer travel season approaching – that leaves parents with a lot of questions. I wrote about Zika a few months…

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