Constipation

Constipation

Constipation is a common problem in children. Every child has different bowel movement patterns. Most children have one or two bowel movements a day, but some can go two or three days before having a normal bowel movement. Constipation can be painful and cause discomfort, but it is usually temporary. It most commonly occurs when waste or stool moves too slowly through the digestive track, causing the stool to become hard and […]

Ear Infections

Ear Infections

Three quarters of children will get at least one ear infection by the age of three, but it is hard for parents to spot them since ear infections may come with only a whisper of symptoms. The most common cause of ear infections is colds. Children can also have an ear infection when they get […]

Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

It is starting to get hot outside, and with some of the restrictions from COVID-19 lifting, more of us will be outside. Being out in the sun is fun, but there are a few things to watch out for to stay safe in the sun, namely: sunburns, heat cramps, heat rash, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. We all have experience with sunburns, so I will skip these.  Normal body temperature is typically 98.6℉. When […]

Importance of Backpack Safety

Importance of Backpack Safety

Over seventy-nine million kids in the United States wear backpacks to school; but did you know that an estimated fifty-five percent of them are carrying a backpack that is too heavy.  A child’s backpack should weigh no more than ten to fifteen percent of their body weight. A backpack that is to heavy or worn incorrectly can contribute to health problems […]

What is Food Poisoning?

What is Food Poisoning?

The CDC states that one in six Americans will contract some form of food poisoning each year. Food poisoning can happen at any point of production: growing, harvesting, processing, storing, shipping, or preparing. It can happen at home if food is not cooked or handled properly. Food poisoning is caused by eating contaminated food, usually from cross-contamination- the transfer of harmful organisms from […]

Snakebites

We have all encountered snakes at some point in our lives. Most of the time nothing happens in these encounters other than us being scared.

We have all encountered snakes at some point in our lives. Most of the time nothing happens in these encounters other than us being scared. Most snakes will not bite unless they feel threatened, but some are aggressive. It is important to know what to do if you or someone you are with is bitten by a snake.   There […]

What to do about Spider Bites

What to do about Spider Bites

Most spiders in the United States are not dangerous, but some can be deadly. It is hard to identify a spider bite unless you saw the spider that bit you. Sometimes you will not notice the bite until hours after it occurred. Spider bites often take longer than insect bites to heal and may affect skin tissues.   Things to look for […]

How to Manage Insect Bites

How to Manage Insect Bites

Most of us have been bitten by an insect at some point. Mosquito, fly, wasp, bee, and similar insect bites or stings are common. They usually cause a mild reaction as our bodies react to the venom or other proteins that get injected or transferred to us through their saliva. The most common insect for people to be allergic to is bees.   Redness, swelling, itching, and pain are […]

Nightmares vs. Night Terrors

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Bad dreams happen to all of us. Bad dreams can be disturbing but we usually sleep through them. Sometimes we can remember the theme of the bad dream, the storyline, or images for it. Nightmares wake us up and we can usually recall all the details of them. Night terrors induce panic or terror causing […]

Chicken Pox

boy laying in bed with chicken pox

We all know getting chickenpox is not fun and that it is highly contagious. Chicken pox is caused by the varicella – zoster virus. It is not usually severe, but the risk of hospitalization and death increases in adults and adolescents. It is spread easily through coughs, sneezes, and contact with the blisters of an […]