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Kids and concussions: An issue for all athletes

In a generation where youth football numbers are falling fast, Dr. Michael Cordas isn't about to throw the sport he played and loves under the bus...

Should your child stay home from school?

When children are ill, they are more tired, cranky and tend not to eat or drink. This sets them up to get further dehydrated and ill. To keep an illness from progressing, a day at home may be the first step. At home, caregivers can encourage a child to eat nourishing food like chicken soup, drink hydrating fluids such as water, and rest. Keeping your child home from school is important for...

Finding the Time

Finding the Time

Living and eating organically takes time. I won’t argue that isn’t true—in the beginning. You have to take the time to read labels, ask questions, and shop in new places. The first thing many people say is “I haven’t got time.” Here’s the thing, none of us has the time. We make the time. If it’s important you will make the time. I tell this to my husband when he says he has no time to workout, yet hits the snooze button three...

Planning for emergencies: Tips for special needs families

Emergencies are always traumatic and high-stress situations. They can be even more challenging for families with children with special needs. Fortunately there's help...

Parenting a child with special needs? You have special needs, too!

There have been many times I’ve been questioned about my parenting decisions by those who don’t know my child or me...

Taking a shot at preventing illness

Taking a shot at preventing illness

Emmalee Madeline Snehal Parker was the missing piece her adoptive parents, Dr. Brian Parker and Erica Finkelstein-Parker of Littlestown, had been waiting for to make their family complete. Described as “healthy, beautiful, always moving,” Emmalee made friends easily and rarely missed a day of school...

Facing food allergies at school

Annually, 16 to 18 percent of children in the U.S. with food allergies will have an allergic reaction while at school...

10 Things school nurses wish parents knew

10 Things school nurses wish parents knew

We asked area school nurses about some of the more “interesting” things they encounter on the job and what their pet peeves are. Here’s what they said...

Vaccines and autism: The mythical link that won’t go away

Vaccines and autism: The mythical link that won’t go away

To Dr. Paul Offit and his fellow medical professionals, there is no debate: vaccines do not cause autism. Yet the myth of a link has persisted—and the effects are lethal...

Living in a dustbowl? Tips for managing your family’s allergies

The beauty of living in the Susquehanna and Cumberland valleys is obvious from the mountains that surround us. But living in a valley can also wreak havoc on those with allergies. For many Central Penn parents, allergies seem inescapable. Your child may be allergic to flower pollen in the spring and tree pollen in the fall. “Kids have an autoimmune response meaning that the body recognizes the allergy...

 
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