Recognizing and Treating Head Lice

By , April 10th, 2014 | News, Parenting | 0 Comments

Chelsea Wicks, MD, Pediatrician, Renown Medical Group Pediatrics

Now that warmer weather is here, we will likely see an increase in head lice infestations in school-aged children.  Lice are wingless parasites that thrive on human hair. This is a very annoying, yet common problem in children aged three to 12 years old. Head lice are highly contagious in this age group because of close contact with one another and a higher incidence of sharing personal items such as hats, combs and hairbrushes. Though lice are irritating,  they are not dangerous and do not carry disease. They can cause some itching of the scalp as they do tend to bite and draw small amounts …

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Five Things You Should Know About Growing Pains

By , April 8th, 2014 | News, Toddler Care | 0 Comments

Vanessa Slots, MD, Pediatrician, Renown Medical Group Pediatrics

What are growing pains?
Growing pains are not actually caused by growth, as the name suggests. They are thought to be caused by muscle overuse since pains typically occur after an active day of running, jumping and climbing.

How do growing pains present?
Growing pains are described as an ache or throb in the leg muscles, most often in the thighs, calves and behind the knee. Usually, pain is intermittent, occurs in both legs, and most prominent in the late afternoon or early evening but occasionally will wake children from sleep. The pains may be severe enough …

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Ella’s Story

By , April 3rd, 2014 | Parenting, Patient Stories | 0 Comments

In just 24 hours, Jennifer Marini’s infant daughter went from a healthy, thriving baby to completely paralyzed from the neck down. Ella was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis, a neurological disorder that has no known cure. Jennifer shares their story of courage and hope for the future.

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