How to Read a Growth Chart

How to Read a Growth ChartChildhood growth is a strong sign of health. In order to monitor growth and development, all children should have their height and weight plotted on a growth chart at every trip to the doctor’s office. This helps to provide a picture of the child’s growth and an opportunity for parents and the medical team to measure changes over time. All children with significant changes in their body mass index (ratio of their height to their weight) should be examined.

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Cutting the Sugar in Your Family’s Diet

Sugar and KidsSugar is a hot health topic. Many of us are aware of its health effects and links to a number of diseases, but what about the effects on kids and their eating habits? 

This is a topic that comes up frequently in our Pediatric Fitness Clinic. The American Heart Association recommends middle school age children have about 5-8 teaspoons of added sugar in their diets daily. On average though, kids in this age group get about 30 teaspoons! 

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Gun Safety

Gun SafetyOur homes are wonderful places where we get to watch our children take their first steps, learn to ride their bikes and spend many days making memories as they grow. Unfortunately, many of our homes today are also full of dangers, one of these being guns.

Here are some gun safety tips that can help make your home a safer place:
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Firework Safety

July 4th is right around the corner. This time of year guarantees a few things – sales at your favorite stores, new Resident Physicians in the hospitals, and Emergency Departments full of people with injuries from fireworks.  Sadly, this past weekend a 12 year old Nashville boy died from a firework-related accident when a firework hit him in the chest.  Fireworks are a big deal.

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Play it Safe Around Portable Pools

baby in a portable poolWhen it comes to water, children are naturally curious – it’s so interesting and fun. Portable pools can be a fun way to cool off during warm Wisconsin summers and they don’t cost a lot of money. What parents may not realize, however, is that portable pools can be just as dangerous as in-ground pools, and the same types of protections available for big pools just aren’t there for kiddie or inflatable pools.

If you are looking into getting a portable pool, here are some tips to help you keep your family safe.

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