Elementary

I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Sunscreen

Who doesn’t LOVE having their kids play outside in the sun? It’s a great way for them to soak in vitamin D, burn off some energy, and explore the world around them. At Parkside, we love the sun too, but we do want to educate families on the importance of sun protection for all ages-not

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How to Get Your Little One to Wear a Face Mask

My toddler literally runs around naked by choice and her favorite word right now is “NO!“. Now I’m being told I need to force her into wearing a face mask? I feel exhausted at the simple thought… Despite the wishes of our strong-willed toddlers —and the quickly fading energy of us quarantined, working from home,

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Concussion

A concussion is a mild brain injury that can cause headaches, memory loss and confusion. Concussions can cause alarming behavior but are somewhat common. A concussion typically occurs as a result of a fall or other type of accident, often during sports. If your child gets a concussion, especially during sports, it’s very important that

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Parenting through a Divorce

No one sets out to get a divorce, but unfortunately divorce is where a lot of us find ourselves in this day and age. The plans that we had in mind when we got married and started a family deviated into something painful and hard. Now you find yourself on a new path, a single

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Night Terrors

three year old boy laying in bed with a blanket and a teddy bear looking scared

The screaming started again. This time it was coming from the bedroom across the hallway. As I jumped up to help, the nursing care plan I was working on scattered in 10 directions. My youngest brother was now sobbing, padding into the hallway in his little sleeper…sound asleep. Night after night, something similar to the

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Constipation Station

mom playing with a baby, stretching legs into body while baby lays on a white sheet

Have you seen that movie about the constipated kid? Nope? Me either. That’s because it hasn’t come out yet! Ha! Potty humor at its best! While I’m channeling my inner middle school kid for a cheap laugh, true constipation in your child is no laughing matter. Constipation can cause pain, discomfort, and make it especially

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Strep Throat

african american Mother checking in her doctors mouth with a sore throat

This time of year, sore throat is a common childhood complaint and can be caused by viral or bacterial infections.  Treatment varies depending on the cause so it is always helpful to have your child examined to determine the best course of action.  The most common bacterial cause of sore throat is group A strep,

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Childhood Exercise

small group of children chasing after a soccer ball as they play in the park

Exercise is not always easy. It takes time, effort, and sometimes sitting on the couch and binge watching Netflix sounds a lot more life giving than going on a run. However, studies show us time and time again that the benefits of exercising far outweigh the costs. For adults and children alike, physical activity strengthens

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Sleep Training

Picture of a baby laying on his back in grey onesie asleep with a fuzzy teddy bear

Remember long, long ago how great it was to get a good, uninterrupted night’s rest? How clear and refreshed and energized we felt? So many of us unknowingly took that gift for granted until we had children…but now we know how good we once had it. All joking aside, the importance of sleep, for kids

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