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Dr. Dana Johnson: Should Parents Avoid Electronic Toys, Such as Talking Dolls?

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on January 24, 2013. Dear Dr. Johnson: As a child, my mother wouldn’t allow me to have a doll that talked for fear it would hurt my creativity. Now, looking at toys for … Continue reading

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Flu Shot Safe for Pregnant Women

Originally published by the Wisconsin Radio Network on January 21, 2013 There used to be some fear that it’s harmful for pregnant women to receive the flu shot, but a recent major study reinforces the safety of pregnant women getting … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: What to do if your child gets the flu

Originally published in The Wisconsin State Journal, January 17, 2013. Dear Dr. Johnson: What can I do if my child gets influenza? Dear Reader: If you have read the paper, watched the news, been on the Internet or pretty much … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

1 out of every 33 babies in the United States is born with a birth defect.  While some birth defects cannot be prevented there are ways to reduce the risk of many others.  By definition, birth defects occur before the … Continue reading

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Polar Dash Moving to Meriter Monona Clinic

Originally posted on Channel 3000′s Monona/Cottage Grove community website. A winter footrace for youngsters will be held later this month to encourage families to get out of hibernation and involved in wintery activities. Physicians Plus Insurance and Meriter are holding … Continue reading

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Meriter Birth Center Welcomes First Baby of 2013

MADISON, Wis. – Meriter Birthing Center is proud to welcome Shreyash Joshi, our first baby born in 2013. Shreyash was born to parents Anchal Gusain and Dinesh Joshi at 4:22 a.m., weighing 6 pounds 7 ounces and 20 inches long. … Continue reading

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Meriter Hospital Welcomes our 12/12/12 Baby

Meriter Hospital is happy to welcome Logan Daniel Donohoe into the world, our 12-12-12 baby born at the Meriter Birthing Center. Logan was born to parents Jennifer and Clay Donohoe at 12:00 pm,  weighing 9 pounds 0 ounces and 22 … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Suggestions for Traveling with Children During the Holiday Season

Originally published in Wisconsin State Journal November 29, 2012. Dear Dr. Johnson: What suggestions do you have for traveling with children this holiday season? Dear Reader: Many of us choose to travel during the holiday season to spend time with … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: How to keep children safe on Halloween

Originally published in The Wisconsin State Journal on October 25, 2012. Dr. Johnson is a pediatrician at Meriter McKee. Dear Dr. Johnson: Halloween is coming up quickly. Any thoughts or tips to keep my children safe? Dear Reader: Halloween is … Continue reading

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Trade Your Extra Candy for Prizes!

  We want your candy – but don’t worry, it’s for a good cause! Please bring your extra Halloween candy and join us at the Meriter/Physicians Plus Halloween Candy Trade-In Party! The event will take place on Saturday, November 3 … Continue reading

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Is Co-Sleeping Healthy for a Child?

Dear Dr. Johnson: What is co-sleeping, and when it is it healthy or unhealthy for a child and the parent-child bond? Dear Reader: Co-sleeping is the term most commonly used when an infant or child is sleeping in the same … 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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Are Allergies “Trendy?” The Importance of Finding Out What’s Making Us Sneeze.

  Dogs, cats, dust and pollen.   Lactose, eggs, gluten and wheat.  You name it.  Someone you know is probably allergic or intolerant to it.  Does this mean allergies are on the rise?  Are we becoming more sensitive to our environments? … Continue reading

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Dr. Dana Johnson: Adjust Child’s Sleep Schedule Before School Starts

Article by Dr. Dana Johnson, pediatrician at Meriter McKee Clinic. The article was featured in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 26, 2012 Dear Dr. Johnson: My son has always taken long afternoon naps since he was a baby. At … 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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Remember Grill Safety

During the summer I love using my grill.  Burgers, brats, pork tenderloin (and don’t forget grilled vegetables) make for some of my favorite meals.  Whether it is charcoal or gas, nothing beats donning my apron, a cool beverage, and taking … Continue reading

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What is Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease?

Dear Dr. Johnson: A child in my son’s day care center was recently diagnosed with hand-foot-mouth disease. What is this, how dangerous is it and how is it treated? Dear Reader: Hand-foot-mouth disease is a very common infection in children. … Continue reading

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Pertussis Vaccine Recommended for Pregnant Women

Pertussis, also known as whopping cough is a bacterial infection of the respiratory tract that causes severe coughing. The coughing makes it difficult to breathe, and a “whooping” sound is sometimes heard when an infant/child tries to breathe. In light … 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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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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