Tick Season

What parents should know about ticks and children

mott blog - ticks and kidsThe number of ticks in the Great Lakes region has been on the rise for the past few years, but many experts are reporting that this year is going to be even worse than the last.

Ticks can carry and transmit diseases such as Lyme disease. It’s important to be on alert whenever you, your children and even your pets spend time outside — especially in or near wooded areas.

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Five things parents should know about the flu

This year’s flu season has arrived earlier than normal. Do you know the important prevention and treatment information necessary to keep your child healthy? University of Michigan pediatrician Heather Burrows, MD, PhD, is here to answer a few questions about how to keep the flu bug at bay.

What signs and symptoms of the flu should parents be aware of?

Symptoms of influenza include a high fever, cough, often times a runny nose as well as body aches and fatigue. The difference between influenza and the common cold is usually the severity of the symptoms. Kids with influenza have higher fevers and are more fussy and tired.

When a child does have the flu, is there anything that can be done to stop it from escalating?

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Making feeding time safe for baby

Towards the end of 2011 there was a flurry of news articles related to the safety of infant formula.  We checked in with one of our pediatricians who specializes in newborn care to shine some light on the topic and provide some helpful tips for parents of infants on how to ensure feeding safety.  Thank you, Dr. Jocelyn Schiller for sharing your time and expertise with us!

There has been a buzz in the news lately as a result of the recent – and unfortunate – death of a Missouri newborn who was given formula before falling ill from a bacterial infection. In light of this, I thought this may be a great opportunity to revisit the ever-important rules of safe infant feeding, including the dos and don’ts of handwashing, milk storage and how to pick the right formula for your little one.

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Getting real about limiting TV time for toddlers

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new recommendations related to limiting the amount of “screen time,” children under the age of 2 are exposed to.  We asked Dr. Kelly Orringer to help us make sense of the new recommendations and how real parents can integrate them into busy, chaotic lifestyles.

The American Academy of Pediatrics last addressed media consumption by children under two years-old in 1999, well before advances in technology allowed for TV programs, DVDs, mobile games and more to be accessed anywhere from our child’s bedroom to the backseat of our mini-vans. Even then, the AAP’s recommendations warned against the danger of too much screen time for our little ones.

Now, with easy access to iPads, smart phones, and TVs a-plenty, combined with the allure of programming marketed as “educational,” it’s become harder and harder to keep kids’ eyes away from screens.

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