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Elementary

Prepare for Summer Fun

Hey, moms, dads, grandparents, and caregivers who are starting to think about how to keep your kiddos entertained this summer! We are so lucky to live in the upstate. We are blessed with many opportunities for fun to help make summer a little more magical. As always, we know that collectively, our kiddos are different, …

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Fun Rainy Day/Cold Weather Activities

Fun Rainy Day/Cold Weather Activities for Kids   Indoor Treasure Hunt: Create a treasure map and hide small prizes or treats around the house. Let the kids follow the clues to find the hidden treasures. Arts and Crafts: Get out the craft supplies and let kids get creative. They can make greeting cards, paint, draw, …

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Back to School

child boarding school bus

“Summer is over???” Many of you are thinking as August seems to be rolling in like a train with no breaks. Don’t be fooled, we here at Parkside feel the Exact. Same. Way. but we do have a few helpful tips for you and your family as you embark on another school year… Parkside’s Tips …

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Enlarged Tonsils

enlarged tonsils

Like many parts of our body, the tonsils are small organs that we don’t often think about. That is, until something goes wrong… Located on either side of the back of our throats (usually visualized as a pair of oval-shaped lumps of tissue when we ask your child to “open wide”), the tonsils act as …

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Let’s Talk About Warts

child holding frog

Warts. Many of us likely had them as a child. Many of us still likely have no idea what they are or why they show up on our children’s hands, feet, and everywhere in between. These undesirable skin growths have been around forever. They are caused by a virus that is very good at survival, …

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Lice Advice

child scratching her head

The dreaded words we all wish to avoid with every fiber in our being…”Your child has lice.” The words themselves seem to crawl across the page, no? I mean bugs that grow in hair…on our child’s head? That can then somehow get on our own head? And LAY EGGS? Wow, that’s alot to process. But, …

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Healthy Holiday Recipes

piece of bread with peanut butter decorated as reindeer

‘Twas 5 days until Christmas and all through the house, not a sweet treat was unturned, not even a chocolate in the shape of a mouse… The holidays are in full swing and we know that means candy canes, cookie making, and hot cocoa for all. And, while we in no way are suggesting your …

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Family Time: All Your Child May Want for Christmas is You

father with child next to a christmas tree

“MOM!! Every light I look at is a snowman!!” was stridently proclaimed by my son as he burst through the door after a trip to the hardware store with Daddy. He was enthusiastically waving a pair of paper and plastic 3D glasses that make all lights look like snowmen. This over-the-top, unreserved exhilaration was quickly …

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Did Someone Say Ear Infection?

adult examining a child's ear

What is the leading cause of sick visits to the doctor and the most common reason for children to get antibiotics? You guessed it—which probably wasn’t too hard since it’s the title of this post, but I’ll cut you some slack—ear infections, or acute otitis media, are truly what we see most as pediatricians. So, …

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What’s With All the Whining?

crying child

If you’re like me, hearing your child whine is right up there with the worst ways to die. Last year when my youngest (who is now  perfect thank you very much) was whining literally every hour, I sort of lost it. I became unglued. I responded in ways I am not proud of and if …

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