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Lunches, Snacks and Breakfasts On-the-Go That Your Children Will Love

By Krista Kohls, M.S., R.D., C.D., Clinical Dietitian, Meriter Wellness Center School has begun and that means soccer practice, homework, play practice, games, play dates and so much more! All this running around also means meals-on-the-go, BUT I am not … Continue reading

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Healthy Lunches at School

By Carleen Hanson, Pediatrician With breakfast being offered at many schools, some children may eat as many meals at school as they do at home during the school year. Ensuring your child eats healthy at school can be a challenge. … Continue reading

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Attend Madison Moms Blog Family Day 8/29

We would like to invite your family to attend the 2nd Annual Madison Moms Blog Family Day at the Meriter Monona clinic, 6408 Copps Avenue on Saturday, August 29th from 10am – noon. For only $5 per family, you can … Continue reading

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Top 10 Reasons to Choose a Meriter Doctor for Your Child

We fit into YOUR schedule. Trying to juggle work, school and soccer practice is hard enough. Where exactly does a doctor appointment fit in? We are proud to offer extended hours at most of our clinics so you can make … Continue reading

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Head Lice: Prevention and Treatment

By Dr. Nicole Baumann-Blackmore, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Most parents worry about their children getting head lice during the school year.  The majority of cases of head lice are acquired outside of school, however.  I found myself thinking more about it … Continue reading

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Healthy Swimming: Share the Fun, not the Germs

by Katelyn Harms, MPH, CIC, Infection Prevention Summer is the perfect time to enjoy fun in the water.  If you are planning a visit to the pool, water park, hot tub, splash pad or spray park, there are ways to be safe … Continue reading

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Why Choose Meriter for Your Back-to-School Physicals?

  Many organized programs will require your child to receive a pre-participation physical exam before enrollment. Scheduling a physical exam prior to participation allows your child’s primary care provider, who already has extensive knowledge of your family’s health history, to … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Enjoy Safer, Happier Holidays

Originally published on December 25, 2013, in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Dr. Johnson: How do I allow my child and myself to enjoy the holiday season more completely? … Continue reading

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7 Tips for Keeping Your Kids Healthy This Halloween

It’s that time of year again when BIG bags of candy start appearing on the store shelves.  And with the rising rates of childhood obesity, it’s important to provide healthy alternatives to the traditional Halloween treats.  Here are 7 helpful hints … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Fireplace safety

Originally published October 16, 2013 in the Wisconsin State Journal. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician practicing at the Meriter McKee clinic. Dear Readers: If you have been reading this column for a while, you may recognize this topic from previous … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Vaccinations Best Way to Prevent Flu

Featured in the Wisconsin State Journal on October 2, 2013 Dear Dr. Johnson: Do you recommend the flu shot for otherwise healthy school-age children? Dear Reader: With the fall season here, we are entering cold and flu season, whether we … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Hand Washing a Key to Health

Featured in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 18, 2013. Dear Dr. Johnson: My child seems to get sick every year after a couple weeks of school. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? Dear Reader: With the … Continue reading

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Unplugging the Pacifier

I will be the first to admit that both of my children used pacifiers. My daughter didn’t start regularly until she was a few months old, but my son came out of the womb wanting to suck, so we introduced … 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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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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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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Keeping your Newborn Safe in the Sun

What’s the best way to protect my baby from the harmful effects of the sun? Infants younger than six months should be kept out of direct sunlight if at all possible. Try finding places with shade like under a tree, … Continue reading

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Probiotoics: What Parents Should Know

I’ve been receiving some questions from parents regarding probiotics for their children, so I thought I’d give a quick primer on the facts about probiotics, as well as my thoughts on using them. What are Probiotics? Probiotics are essentially living … Continue reading

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Bedtime Head Banging: Things to Consider

Many kids exhibit rhythmic behaviors at night such as head-banging or rocking back and forth or making rhythmic sounds. Although these behaviors can seem bizarre, they are a quite normal part of a child’s development. About 5 % of children … Continue reading

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New Car Seat Recommendations: Keep them Rear Facing

On March 21st, the American Academy of Pediatrics released updated recommendations stating that all children should ride rear-facing until at least age 2 or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat for rear-positioning.  Currently, … Continue reading

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Antibiotics: When Are They Appropriate?

As the flu and cold season comes to its annual climax, I’d like to share a few thoughts on antibiotics and when their use is appropriate. First and foremost, it’s important to understand that viruses—the agents responsible for most of … Continue reading

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Feeding Your Toddler

In contrast to infancy (0-1 year), the toddler years (1-3 years) are a much slower period of physical growth. As growth rates decrease, your child’s appetite decreases and food intake may seem erratic and unpredictable. Parental concern about the limited … Continue reading

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Choosing a Pediatrician

If you are expecting a baby, have an insurance change, or have relocated to a new area, one of the first questions that may come to mind is ‘how do I choose a pediatrician for my child?’ Obviously we want … Continue reading

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Cause of ADHD Remains a Mystery

Recently a parent asked me about how to prevent Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and whether there was an link between TV watching as a child and the onset of the disorder later in life. Unfortunately, the truth is that … Continue reading

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