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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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Easing Back to School Anxiety

By Dr. Nicole Baumann-Blackmore, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Ready or not, the new school year is right around the corner!  Parents may be anxious for their kids to get back to school and back into a routine, but the kids may … 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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Top 12 Reasons to Choose Meriter Hospital

1. 100 Top Hospital. Only one hospital in Madison was named a 100 Top Hospital by Truven Health Analytics in 2015: Meriter Hospital. 2. More babies than anyone else. We are proud to welcome more babies than any other hospital … Continue reading

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Signs and Symptoms of Swimmer’s ear

This upcoming holiday weekend is sure to be filled with fun in the sun. For many families this includes a trip to the swimming pool or lake. Learn the signs, symptoms and treatment for this very common medical problem. Continue reading

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New Guidelines on Circumcision

New parents are faced with so many decisions to make for their newborn that it can sometimes seem overwhelming.  Some decisions are clear cut:  breastfeeding – yes, please!  Sleeping on the stomach – definitely not!  For parents of newborn baby … Continue reading

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Family Recipe: A New Take on Zucchini

 Zucchini is one of those vegetables that many gardeners have an overabundance of, and it can be hard to come up with ways to get your kids to eat zucchini other than in bread or muffins. Here is a recipe … Continue reading

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A Pediatrician’s Advice on Biting

One of the questions I often get from parents is what to do when your child is biting others. Unfortunately, biting is a part of normal child development. It can be frustrating when your child is bitten, but often harder … Continue reading

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Emphasize Sports …. Not Snacks

For many families with school-age children, summertime is the season of endless sport practices and games, which is a great thing. It’s wonderful to get your kids out and moving around as much as possible; however, as my children are … 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 Monona Welcomes Dr. Halanski, Pediatrician

The Meriter Medical Group is proud to welcome Dr. Halanski to Meriter Monona. The clinic now offers a complete array of primary care services, including family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and OB/GYN (provided through UW Health) services. Dr. A. Halanski Pediatrics … 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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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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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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Welcome New Physicians: Dr. Waller and Dr. Reatiraza

  The Meriter Medical Group is proud to welcome two new primary care physicians to its clinics: Dr. Jocelin Reatiraza, internist and pediatrician, starts today at Meriter DeForest-Windsor, and Dr. Parker Waller, family medicine physician, begins his practice at Meriter West Washington. … 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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New Pediatricians Join Meriter Medical Group

The Meriter Medical Group is proud to welcome a new team of local pediatricians to Meriter West Washington: Kathryn A. Cahill, MD; Carleen Hanson, MD; Kristin Millin, MD; and Sara E. Kreckman, MD. The physicians will begin seeing patients on September 6.  This team … Continue reading

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New Pediatric Team Joining Meriter

The Meriter Medical Group is proud to welcome a new team of local pediatricians to the West Washington clinic beginning this September. The physician team includes Kathryn A. Cahill, MD; Carleen Hanson, MD; Sara E. Kreckman, MD; and Kristin Millin, … Continue reading

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Should I Give my Baby a Vitamin D Supplement?

Vitamin D is an important vitamin for people of all ages.  It aids the body in calcium absorption, bone growth and remodeling, reducing inflammation, and helping immune function.  You get Vitamin D through certain foods and also through a process … 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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