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Does Your Teen Cut Herself?

A teenage girl makes cuts on her arm.

Why would a teenager cut herself? And what can you do to help her?

Yes, the teens who harm themselves this way are mostly girls who are trying to cope with distress in their lives. They turn to cutting as a way of blunting emotional pain. 

Teens who cut themselves with their nails or a razor blade say it dulls their feelings of stress. They may also scratch or hit themselves, or pick at their skin or pull out their hair.

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Sledding Safely!

little boy sledding down a snowy hill wearing a helmet

Snow days mean sledding and maybe a snowball fight or two. And while this is all fun and games, sledding can result in serious injury if you don’t take the proper precautions.  

Head injuries are one of the leading causes of death and serious injury when it comes to winter sports such as sledding, skiing, snowboarding and even ice skating.

Before you head out to your favorite sledding spot, remember the following precautions:

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Picky Eating: The Toddler Food Wars!

I hear it a lot from parents of my toddler patients.

“He used to be such a ‘good eater’!” Meaning, their little one used to polish off all of the healthy things they put in front of him. Broccoli, apples, peas, fish, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, etc.

Their little baby with the cute toothy grin was eating the rainbow! They were rocking it as parents, but then one day it happens and the party is over.

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Tips on Introducing Your Pet to Your New Baby

adorable dog laying next to cute newborn baby

You see pictures and videos all over social media of babies with their family dog or cat, sharing unbearably cute bonding moments.

While there’s no guarantee that your pet is actually going to get along with its new sibling, Dr. Courtney Wiegard, a veterinarian who partners with Carilion Children’s to offer a class to expectant parents called “Introducing Your Four-Legged Baby to Your New Baby,” offers some ways you can make the friendship more likely. 

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