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Talking to Your Teen about Sex

With teens having more time on their hands this summer due to fewer sports and organized activities, it’s even more important to discuss with them pregnancy prevention. While it’s likely no parent wants to think their child may become sexually active, the reality is half of teenagers have sex before high school graduation, according to […]

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MAKE EXERCISE A HEALTHY HABIT

Staying healthy during social distancing should be a top priority for CPCMG families. This includes making the effort to incorporate physical activity into your child’s daily routine. Regular exercise helps your immune system function optimally and helps your body release endorphins. Endorphins help us feel better and can relieve stress. Some ideas for quick and […]

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Don’t forget sunscreen!

As we all welcome the opening of beaches for walking and water sports, it is time to remember how important it is to protect your kids (and yourself) from damaging UVA and UVB rays. Here are a few important reminders when choosing and applying sunscreens: • Apply the sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before going […]

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GETTING A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP DURING STRESSFUL TIMES

Without the normal routines of school schedules, after-school activities, and family time due to COVID-19, many kids and teens may have trouble sleeping. Here are some tips for getting a good night’s sleep.

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Febrile Seizures:
What You Need to Know

Approximately 4 percent of children will experience a febrile seizure which can be scary to witness, but they’re fairly common in children ages six months to five years old who have a high fever. What Are Febrile Seizures? Febrile seizures are convulsions that can happen when a young child has a temperature above 100.4°F (38°C). […]

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22 Easy, Healthy Meals and Snacks
for Back-to-School

If you’re a busy parent like me, the last thing you want to do during the back-to-school morning rush is find time to put together a healthy lunch for your kids. I’ve found that taking the time to prepare easy, nutritious breakfasts and lunches is a better option. Spending a few hours to plan ahead, […]

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TODAY’S TEENS ARE STRESSED OUT…
Here’s Some Advice…for Parents

Dr. Anna Mendenhall from our Encinitas pediatric office shares her perspective on how our teens are coping in the face of unrealistic expectations from parents…in addition to growing up, learning new life skills, dealing with peer pressure and simply trying to be a kid. I look at my schedule…there is a 17-year-old in my office for […]

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How to have a happy, healthy and safe Halloween!

From trick-or-treating to classroom parties to haunted houses, Halloween is a magical holiday. Learn how to keep your family safe during this fun holiday from Dr. Anna Mendenhall, pediatrician at CPCMG Encinitas. All dressed up: Select costumes that are bright and reflective. Be sure to purchase costumes, costumes, wigs and accessories that are labeled flame […]

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Breakfast: How to make the most important meal of the day easy

“I don’t have time to eat breakfast.” This is what I hear from the majority of my middle school and high school patients, and I always have the following conversation with them: “Breakfast is called breakfast because you are BREAKing the FAST from sleeping all night long! When our bodies are ready to start the […]

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Hey mom, my head hurts! Kids and Headaches

Unfortunately, children can get the same types of headaches as adults. While some children may have inherited a predisposition for headaches from a parent, lifestyle and daily habits can also have an impact on this painful condition. Sometimes, improvements and changes in these areas along with result in significant benefits without the need for medication.

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