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Annalisa Abjelina, MD, FAAP

Hot Car Dangers:
Keep Kids Safe this Summer

With soaring temperatures, busy schedules, and changes to routines this summer, we must be vigilant about keeping our kids safe and remember to never leave a child unattended in a car. About 38 children die each year from tragic cases of vehicular heatstroke according to KidsAndCars.org and NoHeatStroke.org. It is hard to believe that someone […]

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Five Ways to Keep Your Family Hydrated

Summer is here! While the summer heat allows us to enjoy more time outdoors, it can also increase our risk for dehydration. Water, which makes up more than half of our body weight, is essential in maintaining circulation, regulating temperature, aiding in digestion, and removing waste from our bodies. It’s also the best beverage to […]

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National Trails Day: June 4, 2022

If you’re a fan of hiking, biking, horseback riding, walking your dog, then you probably know that tomorrow, June 4th is National Trails Day! The American Hiking Society established this day almost 30 years ago to encourage people to come together to enjoy hiking and other trail activities, and to educate the community about the […]

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FOUR EASY STEPS TO
MAINTAIN A HEALTHY HEART

In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. World Heart Day is celebrated annually on September 29, to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. Here are four easy things to do to keep your family’s hearts healthy: Improve eating habits one step at a time. You will more likely […]

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THREE WAYS TO WRITE AWAY STRESS

With so many hardships and pressures going on this past year, getting rid of stress may seem impossible. But stress management isn’t about getting rid of stress but learning how you respond to the problem and deal with its symptoms. When you’re stressed, you may feel overwhelmed, frustrated, sad, or discouraged. When you’re experiencing all […]

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THE THREE B’s OF READING TO YOUR NEWBORN

Even though your baby might not be able to talk or read, taking the time to read to them has incredible benefits. Here are the three B’s of reading to your newborn: It’s a chance to BOND with your baby. Reading to your newborn is a great opportunity for one-on-one time. Your baby will get […]

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EIGHT TIPS TO HELP TEENS GET GOOD SLEEP

How often do we hear teens brag about how they stayed up late playing online video games with groups of friends or pulling a Netflix all-nighter? If they could, most teens would choose to stay up past midnight and sleep past noon. What’s up with teen sleep patterns? Sleeping patterns during puberty can partly be […]

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It’s Library Shelfie Day!

In 2014, the New York Public Library declared this day for sharing “shelfies” in front of library shelves to inspire a love of books and reading. Unfortunately due to the pandemic we cannot visit our favorite libraries, but we can celebrate this day enjoying our favorite books at home. When books are part of the family […]

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TRUE OR FALSE: A baby walker will help
my child learn to walk.

This is FALSE! Using a baby walker will not help babies learn to stand or walk. In fact, there are strong associations between walker use and developmental delays in balance skills that are needed for walking. Walkers may also interfere with muscle and joint development. Another myth: A baby walker is a safe play space […]

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TRUE OR FALSE: Kids fall asleep faster
if they watch tv before bed

It’s definitely FALSE! Sleep is one of our most important health requirements and often overlooked. A child’s mind and body needs sleep – just as much as air, food, and water – in order to grow and thrive. In fact, turning OFF the TV (and other digital devices) about an hour before bedtime is the […]

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