Runny Nose, Fever and the ABC’s

By , August 13th, 2013 | Parenting | 0 Comments

Chelsea Wicks, MD, pediatrician, Renown Medical Group

Healthy at DaycareTrying to keep a child healthy while attending daycare can seem like an impossible endeavor at times. It’s true that a child attending daycare will likely acquire more infections than a child of the same age not attending daycare.

At times it can seem they will get sick on a monthly basis. This can be normal for up to the first two years while attending daycare or preschool though you should notice the severity and frequency slowly improving over time as they develop more immunity.

No matter what age a child is, it is normal for them to go through this. …

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The Flu is Not Just a Winter Bug

By , August 8th, 2013 | Parenting | 0 Comments

Chelsea Wicks, MD, pediatrician, Renown Medical Group

Summer FluRecently I have been seeing several children with viral gastroenteritis, commonly known as the “flu”. There are several different viruses that can cause these symptoms which most commonly include vomiting, diarrhea and fever.

Unfortunately, this is viral so there is no medication to treat the infection and make it resolve. Rather, we have to allow the body’s immune system to take care of it. However, there are some things we can do to help prevent complications.

Our biggest concern with these infections is the risk of dehydration due to all the fluid loss. Most commonly, the vomiting and fever will be the initial symptoms. During this …

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Reduce Screen Time and Get Active

By , August 1st, 2013 | Exercise | 0 Comments

Chelsea Wicks, MD, pediatrician, Renown Medical Group

Reduce Screen TimeWith technology and busy schedules, it is so easy for our kids to be entertained for hours on end by staring at a screen. There is no doubt that children have and will continue to benefit from the advances in technology. Unfortunately, it has naturally made us all less physically active. This definitely plays a huge part in our rapidly increasing rate of childhood obesity.  According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2010, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.

In the past, kids would play outside for hours on end and didn’t …

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