Tag Archives: pediatrics

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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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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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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Potty Training Tips

When and how to potty-train are very common questions in a pediatric clinic. The cost of disposable diapers or the work of washing cloth diapers is something no longer very desirable to most parents. The most important thing to remember … 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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Toy Safety During the Holidays

Greetings – The holiday season is now officially upon us and parents are busy shopping and buying gifts for their loved ones. But what’s on our kids’ minds? Toys, of course. This is the season for Santa to bring home the wish list, which can … Continue reading

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Kids and Fireplace Danger

Fireplaces provide heat in the cold winter months of Wisconsin and provide a nice ambiance. However, as a pediatrician, almost every year I see or hear of a young child with serious burns from a fireplace. Most parents understand the … Continue reading

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What Parents Need to Know about Respiratory Syncitial Virus (RSV)

As a pediatrician and a parent, I have come to dread the winter months.  Everywhere you turn, people are coughing and blowing their noses.  It seems impossible to escape the germs and stay healthy!  Thankfully, most of these illnesses are … Continue reading

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