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Yearly Teen Physicals: A Foundation for Good Health

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Your teen is healthy and happy, so why would you need to worry about an annual physical?

I can give you several reasons, but the most important one is that it will help keep your teenager healthy and happy.

Connecting yearly with teens allows health care providers to track changes in physical, mental and social development, which happen at a rapid pace during the teen years.

Below are more reasons why:

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Calm Your Child's First Day Doubts

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For me, the first day back to school was always stressful. I didn’t even know that it was called “stress” at that time, but when I think back about the sleepless nights I always had prior to the first day, I am glad those days are behind me.

But actually those anxious feelings are completely normal and even expected during a time of transition.

As you prepare your child to go back to school, the most important thing is to be understanding and help your child deal with his fear of the unknown.

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The Facts: Kids and Vaccines

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The new school year is upon us. Are your children up to date on their yearly check-ups and vaccinations? 

Going to the doctor for immunizations is important for children to prevent them from getting sick from diseases that you may think are extinct but still exist, such as measles and whooping cough.

In recent years, we have seen breakouts of each. Vaccinations are made to protect children in times like these when old diseases surface.

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E-Cigarettes Pose New Risks

A teen girl smokes an e-cigarette.

Many teenagers are vaping—and potentially putting their health at risk.

Vaping, as you probably know, is inhaling vapors from e-cigarettes. The vapors are produced by heating nicotine extracted from tobacco, and other chemicals.

Unfortunately, it’s a growing trend. Vaping has spiked in recent years and is now practiced by 15 percent of high school students, according to the U.S. Surgeon General.

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5 Tips for Talking to Kids about Alzheimer’s

Talking to kids about Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s Disease affects the entire family.
 
When a grandparent, aunt or uncle, family friend or other person in a child’s life is dealing with Alzheimer’s, it can be an emotional time—and a time when the child will need your help to understand what’s happening.
 
Alzheimer’s Disease affects the brain, usually in people over age 65. It typically begins with memory loss—forgetting words, names of loved ones or how to get home—and progresses over time.
 

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How to Prevent and Treat Swimmer's Ear

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School is out and it is getting hot outside. Summer is here!

For many of us, that means spending a lot of time keeping cool at the pool, but it can also mean that your child could come down with a bout of swimmer's ear.

Swimmer’s ear is an infection of the skin that lines the outer ear canal. When moisture or water sits in the ear for a prolonged period of time, it can encourage the growth of bacteria.

It’s a common infection that can be very painful, but it can be prevented.

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