Off to Big Kids’ School: Preparing for Kindergarten

“I’m a little graduate

Aren’t you proud of me?

I know my numbers and ABCs

I made lots of friends and had fun, too

Now, I’m off to big kids’ school!”

The sweet little ditty my son Benjamin and his classmates sang at junior-K graduation, to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot,” was enough to turn this mama into an emotional puddle. (And don’t even get me started on the caps and gowns.)

I blinked, and five years just flew by. Our baby boy is (proudly) off to kindergarten.

Soon, we’ll be scouring Target and Amazon to check off our list of supplies, and loading up the Kylo Ren backpack. As summer begins and we prepare for The Big Day around the bend, two big questions loom in my heart and my mind: Read more

Tip for Stopping Nosebleeds: Lean Forward, Not Backward

Tilt your head back to stop a bloody nose? That old-fashioned advice for kids is just plain wrong. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation on how to stop this common childhood malady. Dr. Diane Heatley, medical director of American Family Children’s Hospital, says old-time remedies like lying down or holding the head back will not work, because children’s nosebleeds usually start in blood vessels in the front of the nose.

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Parent’s Guide to Pain Prevention

Does this situation sound familiar?

“You have a doctor appointment for a check-up today after school.”

“Am I going to get a shot? I hate shots. I don’t think I want to go to the doctor today.”

Before the age of 2 years old, the CDC recommends children receive 24 immunizations. While this sounds like a lot of shots, and it is, immunizations are one of the Public Health initiatives that have resulted prevention of the most deaths and disability early in life.

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