Prescription for family fun: 20 minutes of daily playtime

Shot of two little boys pretending to be pirates in their bedroom
Dec 23 2016

Just 15-20 minutes of quality time together can build a child’s self-esteem, enhance family bonding and provide fun, stress-free time for everyone. There are many ways you can give the gift of “time together” to your child during the holiday season and throughout the new year. Below is a list of “family fun” ideas from our child life team. These ideas focus on family bonding, healthy fun and active play. You can use these activity ideas a starting point for daily playtime for your family or as a special way to give your child the “gift” of time together. A jar filled with family fun ideas to look forward to in the coming months, or a daily “fun calendar” (select one... View Article

Grocery shopping for a happy, healthy New Year!  

Dec 23 2016

Having a happy and healthy shopping trip to the grocery store might seem tough when kids are coming along! With a little advance planning, you can make sure your kitchen is stocked with ingredients that match the budget, time, health needs and preferences for your family. Thinking about what you can do before, during and after the grocery trip can be a helpful approach, according to Healthy Lifestyle Center dietitian Sonya Islam.   Before going to the grocery store Plan your meals for at least one week (longer if your trips to the grocery store are less frequent). Think about your household schedule. Will everyone in the house be at home every night for meals? Are there special considerations this... View Article

Skin, sweat and more: Navigating physical changes during puberty

Dec 22 2016

From changes in skin cells on the scalp to sweat glands in the feet, there’s a lot going on physically during puberty. The hormones produced during this stage of development trigger many changes, both physical and emotional. Understanding exactly what’s going on with their bodies can help adolescents navigate this challenging time. Read on to learn more from adolescent medicine specialist Dr. Stephanie Crewe about the biology behind some of the physical changes happening during puberty – and what can be helpful when these changes cause concerns. When does puberty start? Puberty is the time when the body matures from a child to an adult. It begins at an average age of 9-10 and related physical changes may start to... View Article

Safety spotlight: Fall prevention

Shot of an adorable baby girl at home
Dec 19 2016

In recent months, our emergency room has seen a noticeable increase  in the number of infants and toddlers coming in for injuries related to falling from elevated surfaces like couches, beds, tables and changing tables. Child safety expert Corri Miller-Hobbs compiled these important reminders to keep kids safe this busy holiday season and in the year ahead: The world is a great adventure for children and hazards are everywhere. Help your child explore, learn and grow, while also protecting them from dangerous falls. Constant supervision is always necessary and it’s never too early to begin using good safety techniques with children (and infants too).   Do not let children play on high surfaces like tables, couches, beds and other furniture; porches, decks, stairs and... View Article

What parents need to know: In-toeing in the early years

Cute female African American todder smiles as she holds her parents' hands while strolling in the park. She has brown eyes and black curly hair. She is wearing a purple tank top with a white t-shirt underneath. Her fther is wearing a plaid shirt with a white shirt underneath and khaki shorts.
Dec 2 2016

A child’s first attempts at walking aren’t always perfectly smooth, and there are some important things to be aware of as you watch your child’s shaky first steps develop into a steady walk. Dr. Victoria Kuester, orthopaedic surgeon and mom of two, highlights what can be helpful to know about in-toeing, a common condition that can become apparent with a child’s first steps and in the active years that follow.  What is in-toeing?  Many children walk with their toes pointed inward when they’re first learning and some continue to do this in the toddler years and beyond. The medical term for this is “in-toeing.” For some children, in-toeing (or walking “pigeon toed” as it is also sometimes called) can appear... View Article