How to have a healthy freshman year

You’re on your own and facing a new set of opportunities and challenges. Being at college is a good time to not only increase you knowledge, but create a new set of healthy habits. Many parents and students have heard of the “Freshman 15,” referring to the average weight gain of a college freshman. This is…
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I’m in college, why do I still need vaccines?

There are a number of vaccines students need to consider talking to their doctor about receiving before heading off to college. We recommend that all college students up to age 21 receive at least one dose of quadravalent vaccine between ages 16-18. Parents should consider having their child get the new serogroup B meningococcal vaccine between…
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Primer on poop for new parents

A newborn’s first bowel movement is called meconium. It is a thick, sticky, black to dark green substance. It begins to be formed inside the fetus’ intestines at about the 12-16th week of gestation. It is made up of amniotic fluid, lanugo (hair growing on the fetus/skin) and cells shed from the fetus’ skin and intestinal…
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Fireworks safety for your family

Fireworks are beautiful and fun. They are often used at celebrations and on holidays. Yet, as an advocate for children’s safety and a pediatrician, I am all too aware that accidents happen—but there are ways we can protect our children from the dangers and still enjoy our festivities. First, igniting fireworks should be left to…
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Beware of poison ivy

It’s summer time, but beware of certain plants as you enjoy the outdoors. Whether hiking in the woods or gardening—poison sumac, ivy and oak can be lurking close by. Poison sumac has nine to 13 leaflets per stem and the leaves are round with pointed tips. It grows as a shrub or small tree. Poison…
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