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Health Articles Category: Pediatrics

HPV Vaccine Protects Against Certain Types of Cancers

The Human Papillomavirus Vaccine safely prevents cancer through protection against human papilloma virus (HPV) infection. Certain types of HPV can lead to oral and genital cancers. HPV vaccines are highly effective in preventing infection when given before initial exposure to the virus. Similar to the need to... Read more

Keep Children Active

When children are sitting on the couch playing video games or just simply watching television, the children are not being active and not getting exercise. Children not moving could lead to big problems with childhood obesity. “Kids need to get up and stay active,” says Maria Duroseau,... Read more

Introduce Foods Slowly to Baby

When you begin introducing solid foods to a baby, do so slowly and one at a time. That way, it is easier to identify potential food allergies. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you start trying solid foods when your baby is between 4 and 6... Read more

Saint Francis to Host Pediatric Health Fair

All families and friends are invited to bring their children to the Saint Francis Health System Pediatric Health Fair August 3, 2017. From 4-7:30 pm at the Fitness Plus area (Entrance 8), families are encouraged to come whenever and stay as long as possible. See and learn... Read more

Note Children’s Immunization Schedule

It is important for your child to see a pediatrician regularly to keep up to date on immunizations. Immunizations begin at birth with Hepatitis B. The following is a schedule of important immunizations: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) Hepatitis A Hepatitis B HiB MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) ... Read more

Pediatrician Values Exercise

Gary S. Olson, MD, FAAP, FCP, pediatrician, Saint Francis Medical Partner, encourages his young patients to stay healthy by exercising. He practices what he preaches: Olson wakes up at 5 am every day to work out on his elliptical machine and recumbent bike alongside his wife,... Read more

Reye’s Syndrome

Reye’s syndrome is a rare, serious condition that causes swelling in a child’s liver and brain. The exact cause is unknown, but researchers have observed it most often occurs when children take aspirin following a viral infection such as chickenpox or the flu. Symptoms of Reye’s syndrome... Read more

Helping Newborns Breathe

Newborns who have difficulty breathing can get the help they need in Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Doctors give babies treatments ranging from airflow in the nose to a breathing tube that infuses medication into their lungs in the Level III... Read more

Diagnosing Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs and digestive system. Early detection can make a big difference in the treatment of this life-threatening condition. Doctors routinely screen newborns for cystic fibrosis using a blood test that checks for abnormally high levels of... Read more

Level III NICU Part of International Network

Parents whose newborns are in Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit need not feel alone: Neonatologists at Saint Francis use information gathered from nearly 1,000 NICUs to help optimize care for each infant. The Medical Center is part of the Vermont Oxford Network... Read more

Secondary Drowning

A person can drown even after exiting the water in a rare occurrence called secondary drowning. It is important to know the signs of secondary drowning so you can seek help for someone you love as quickly as possible. “Secondary drowning occurs when fluid builds up in... Read more

Level III NICU Shares Knowledge

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) occurs when a newborn is suffering from drug withdrawal after being exposed to potent substances in utero. Saint Francis Medical Center recently hosted a symposium in Miner, Mo. for physicians and other healthcare providers on how to care for these babies and their families. "Many... Read more

Fitness Plus Swim Lessons

Get ready for summer dips in the pool with children’s swim lessons at Fitness Plus for ages 6 months and older. All Fitness Plus swim lessons follow the American Red Cross guidelines, with progression levels as defined by the Red Cross’ Learn-to-Swim program. Fitness Plus offers both... Read more

Saint Francis Welcomes First Baby Of 2015

Saint Francis Medical Center celebrated the delivery of its first baby in 2015. At 3:54 am on Thursday, January 1, 2015, a baby boy was welcomed into the world by proud mother Carolyn Shane of Marble Hill, Mo., and caring Family BirthPlace nursing staff. Kimberly K. Roos,... Read more

Umbilical Hernias

An umbilical hernia occurs when part of the intestine bulges through a weak spot in the belly. It is most common in infants, but adults can experience umbilical hernias as well. In infants, the hernia usually closes on its own by 12 to 18 months. Very rarely,... Read more

NICU Follow-up Clinic

Hundreds of babies will benefit from Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Follow-up Clinic, thanks to funds from Saint Francis Foundation. The Follow-up Clinic follows NICU graduates at risk for developmental issues following their discharge from the NICU. The unit has... Read more

Healthy Lunches

It may be tempting to fill your child’s lunchbox with convenience foods such as chips and cookies. But a nutritious lunch filled with at least three food groups can give your child the brain power he or she needs to concentrate in class. “Bag lunches can be... Read more

Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety often occurs in babies between the ages of 10 and 18 months. These problems most commonly arise when you leave your child with a babysitter or even a family member who does not frequently care for the child. The best way to minimize crying and... Read more

Treat Diaper Rash

There are many causes of diaper rash, including prolonged exposure to a soiled diaper, chafing, an allergic reaction or a bacterial or yeast infection. Diaper rash can be quite painful for babies, so you should treat it right away.  "The most effective way to treat diaper rash... Read more

Fifth Disease

Fifth disease is a viral infection best recognized by the red rash it causes on the cheeks. It is common among school-aged children and is sometimes called “slapped-cheek disease” because children with the infection look as though their cheeks have been slapped. The first symptoms are... Read more


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