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A Pediatrician’s Answer to “Mom … I’m bored.”

“Mom, I’m bored.” “There’s nothing to do.” We’ve all heard it, sometimes daily, sometimes hourly. However, with National Screen-Free Week coming up April 30 – May 6, 2012, I thought it would be helpful to give a list of activities … Continue reading

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Family Challenge: Screen-Free Week 2012

I have recently, and admittedly, somewhat reluctantly, traded in my old free flip phone for a smart phone. My kids were much more excited about this than I was, and had all sorts of ideas for the games I should … Continue reading

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Meriter Offers Water Births

Meriter is excited to offer women a new option for labor and delivery. Water birth can provide an excellent alternative birth option for healthy women who are expecting an uncomplicated birth. Warm water can provide a soothing and relaxing environment … Continue reading

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Meriter Presents the Kids’ Expo March 17 & 18!

From fire trucks and bouncy houses to a petting zoo and the famous Kenland Band, join us at the Alliant Center for a weekend’s worth of fun for kids of every age, parents and parents-to-be on March 17 & 18 … Continue reading

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A Healthy Baby Month Reminder to Parents

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, all soft bedding, including pillows, soft or pillow-like bumpers, positioners, stuffed toys and sheepskins can put your baby at higher risk for SIDS.  The majority of SIDS, suffocation and accidental infant deaths are … Continue reading

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Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait

More and more births are being scheduled a little early for non-medical reasons. Experts are learning that this can cause problems for both mom and baby. If possible, it’s best to stay pregnant for at least 39 weeks. If your … Continue reading

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Give yourself and your baby a gift

February is Heart month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in Wisconsin. Smoking cigarettes can double your risk of experiencing a heart attack. If you’re pregnant, smoking can affect not only your health but also the … Continue reading

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What Parents Need to Know About: Lice

Lice – just the word is enough to make any parent shudder and get the heebie-jeebies! When I received not one, but two e-mails with the subject “Lice” a few weeks ago, my heart sank.  Two of my daughter’s good … Continue reading

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February is American Heart Month

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States – and in Wisconsin. In fact, 35% of all WI deaths are linked to cardiovascular disease.* More startling statistics: Key risk factors for cardiovascular disease are … Continue reading

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Learn How to Keep Your Family Heart Healthy

It’s no secret that obesity is increasing in the United States, and as of 2010, accounting for more than 20% of adult Wisconsinites. Unfortunately this is not just a problem for adults. Obesity is increasing in children as well. The … Continue reading

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Celebrating Snow: A reminder from my kids

I think we’d all agree that prior to the snowfall last week, it hasn’t seemed much like a Wisconsin winter … and while I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of the melting, muddy slush … Continue reading

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Bedtime Routines for Babies

  How do you set up a bedtime routine for a baby and at what age should you start? A bedtime routine can be an important step in helping any infant or child, or adult for that matter, fall asleep … Continue reading

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Don’t Let This Warning Sign Slip Away

I have heard the story many times this winter. Ice. A slip. A fall. A broken wrist. A missed opportunity. This year up to 250,000 people will sustain a fracture of the wrist related to osteoporosis. Most of these will … Continue reading

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Recommended Screening for Newborns

The Department of Health and Human Services recently recommended that all newborns be screened for congenital heart disease as part of their routine newborn assessment. Congenital heart diseases causes up to 3% of all infant deaths in the first year of … Continue reading

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Medication Safety Tips for Parents

Medication in the home can be extremely hazardous to children, but with a little common sense and some precautions, you can keep you child safe. Starting when they are very young, talk to your children about the danger of taking … Continue reading

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Tetanus diphtheria and Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap) and Pregnancy

Pertussis, otherwise known as Whooping Cough, is a disease that causes severe coughing; vomiting and can lead to complications including pneumonia and even death. This, along with Diptheria, and tetanus are all caused by bacteria. Before vaccines were available, these … Continue reading

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Discipline Guidelines from a Pediatrician Mom

“Mom, you’re mean!” I knew it would happen sooner or later, but when my son yelled this at me for the first time from his bedroom recently, it hurt. There was no doubt in my mind that I was doing … Continue reading

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Veggie Tales from a Pediatrician Mom

“Eat your veggies!” How many times have you said these words to your children (or had your parents say it to you growing up)? It’s unfortunate that some of the foods that are the healthiest, are the ones that kids … Continue reading

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Tylenol Changes and Dosing Recommendations

Tylenol (also known as acetaminophen and APAP) is a pain reliever and fever reducer very commonly used in children. As you know, however,  the dosing can be very confusing. Up until now, there have been so many different formulas, strengths … Continue reading

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Taste of Your Own Medicine

Much of my job as a pediatrician is helping educate families on different safety and general health recommendations, and while I know that at times the things that are discussed in the office may sound idealistic, I do try my … Continue reading

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Is your daughter protected from cervical cancer?

Protect your daughter from cervical cancer by getting her the HPV vaccine. It takes 3 shots to complete the series, so make sure she gets them all to be protected. It’s easy to get very busy with school, activities, work, … Continue reading

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Defend Yourself Against Seasonal Flu

Are you wondering whether you should get a flu shot this year? A flu shot is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older. If you are likely to be around children younger than 6 months, it is especially important that … Continue reading

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Keeping Your Kids Healthy at School

http://www.meriter.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Star-Country_Keeping-Kids-Healthy-Dr-Millin-2011-09-21.mp3 Meriter pediatrician, Kristin Millin, MD, spoke with Star Country’s Tracy and Mike about keeping kids healthy at school. Click the play button to listen! The start of the school year is an exciting time for kids, with exposure to all … Continue reading

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Cool Kids

I was out running errands with my 4-year old son the other day and was stuck waiting a few minutes at the car dealer for a new battery to be put in my key fob. Adults can handle waiting with … Continue reading

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Setting Realistic School Lunch Expectations

Back to school is on the mind of almost every parent this time of year. For some, it’s a source of stress (“I’ve been to 3 stores and no one has a pencil box that’s smaller than 8×5 inches!”), for … Continue reading

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