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Entries in Summer (2)


To Do: Schedule Check Ups in the Summer (for Kids 3 years and older)

You may have seen the recent headlines warning about children who have check ups in the winter being at higher risk of getting sick.  This is not rocket science.  Viruses like colds and influenza usually peak in the winter. And yes, if there is a doctor office filled with sick kids, then walking into that office with your healthy child for their annual checkup does expose your child to those germs, thereby increasing your child's chances of getting sick.  

But there are several things we can do to try to keep your kids healthy.

Most importantly, if your child is 3 years old or older and is generally healthy, please consider scheduling their yearly checkup in the late spring or summer!  That way we can ensure their up to date on all their

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Practical Parenting: Removing a Tick

Happy Summer!  Summertime is a time for running through the grass with bare feet, sipping lemonade and eating watermelon on the front porch, swimming all day long, bubbles and side walk chalk and bicycles and slip and slides...But all this outdoor play provides ample opportunity for ticks to find their way onto our little ones arms and legs. 

Why do we care?  Because ticks carry diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF is common in NC) and Lyme Disease (which is more common in the Northeast) among others.

Tip 1:  Every night at bedtime, be sure to do a "tick check" and look over their body for any ticks (be sure to look in socks, in waistbands, at the collar, and on the scalp).

Please note that a tick must be on the body for 36-48 hours to pass any illness to humans.  Thus, a tick check with prompt tick removal is an essential component of disease prevention.

So what do you do when you find a tick on your child?

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