Health Page Archive: Pediatrics

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Pediatrician is Part of Saint Francis Team

Pediatrician Andrew T. Sledd, MD, FAAP, is board certified in pediatrics and part of a team of five pediatricians at Cape Physician Associates. A California native, Sledd earned his medical degree from the University of California, Irvine, and completed his residency in pediatrics at the University ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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