Getting Ready for Summer Camp

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Sending the kids off to a summer camp can be exciting and also a little scary. Whether it’s an overnight, or a day camp, with some advance preparation you can ensure it’s a fun time for everyone.

Pack the Essentials

While the camp should provide you with a list of what will be needed, it’s always a good idea to make sure your child has the essentials, including:

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Summer Hazards: Ticks, Bug Bites, And a Burned Backside

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I wasn’t much of an outdoors-kind-of-gal growing up in the ‘burbs of Chicago. So when I met my husband who was a flannel-wearing, hiking-booted Wisconsin boy (even at our wedding, but I digress) I did my best to pretend otherwise.

As he introduced me to the beauty of nature, I secretly panicked at the thought of all the ticks, mosquitoes and black flies just waiting to take a bite.

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Fun in the Sun

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When you’re getting ready to leave the house, you always make sure you have your keys, your wallet or purse, anything your children might need — but do you make sure you also have your SPF on?

Early summer is a great time to review the the in’s and out’s sun protection and why it could be one of the most important ways you can protect your kids.

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Cold or Allergies?

When your child is experiencing symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference. Sneezing, itchy nose and throat, nasal congestion and coughing are just a few of the common symptoms of airborne allergens, such as pollen or ragweed.

If your child has cold-like symptoms that last longer than a week or two, or if he or she develops a “cold” at the same time every year, your pediatrician can help determine whether a referral to an allergist is appropriate.

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The Reality Behind the Documentary – UW Health’s Pediatric Fitness Clinic

When film crews visited the UW Health Pediatric Fitness Clinic, it wasn’t for the latest Hollywood film – though it felt a little bit like that. It was for a documentary about the very real crisis of obesity in the U.S.

HBO and the Institute of Medicine, in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, created the four-part documentary series that brought together the nation’s leading research institutions. Part three, “Children in Crisis” focused on childhood obesity and the challenges facing kids and parents today. The Pediatric Fitness Clinic and a few of its patients were featured in the episode.

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