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Don’t Wait to See a Pediatrician

If you have put off doctor visits during the COVID-19 pandemic, now is a good time to visit your Kids First pediatrician and get caught up. Children and teens need regular checkups with their doctor to make sure their development is on track, to talk about nutrition and behavior, and to get the vaccines they need to stay healthy.

Returning to School During COVID-19

New COVID-19​ vaccines offer families hope that everyday life, including school, can get back to normal.

​Vaccines likely will not be available for most students anytime soon. The good news is that reopening schools for in-person learning does not seem to significantly increase community transmission of the virus.

Screen Time Strain on Kids

How can I help my child avoid eye and back strain from being on the computer?- By Gary Kirkilas, DO, FAAP Traditionally, pediatricians recommended ​only an hour or less of screen time each day for children ages 3 to 10, and two hours or less for children ages 11 to 18. Enter the COVID-19 […]

Parenting Goals for 2021

5 Parenting Goals to Start the New Year-  Helping to make your family stronger, safer, and more harmonious may not require a complete overhaul, but rather a few strategic tweaks.  Here are five simple and concrete parenting goals to set for the year ahead. Get everyone vaccinated for the  flu. The flu shot​ is […]

Talking To Children About Tragedies

Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events- After any disaster or crisis, families struggle with what they should say to children and what’s best not to share with them. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents, teachers, child care providers, and others who work closely with children to filter information about […]

COVID-19 Vaccines For Kids

When can children get the COVID-19 vaccine?-  With vaccines becoming available to protect against COVID-19, we’ve made a big step toward stopping the virus that causes this deadly disease. The first vaccines released are authorized for emergency use in adults and teens who are at least 16 years old. High-risk groups such as elderly […]

Safe & Happy Holidays

The holiday season usually is a joyful time. Many families look forward to gathering with relatives and friends, exchanging gifts and celebrating traditions. But COVID-19 and physical distancing have brought a new kind of stress this holiday season. There are ways families can cut down their stress during the holidays. Sticking to routines as much […]

ADHA & Learning During COVID-19

Changes in regular routines and activities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 can be stressful for any child. Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may face extra challenges dealing with these changes. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests ways to help support students with ADHD and their families during this stressful time.  Stress of […]

Breastfeeding During COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 is a stressful time for everyone. This may be especially true for mothers who are breastfeeding and concerned about their baby’s health. However, mothers can successfully start and maintain breastfeeding during the pandemic, with some recommended precautions. Benefits of breastfeeding during a pandemic Breastfeeding is good for babies. It protects them […]

COVID & The Holidays

As many families begin to plan for the upcoming holidays, the CDC offers the following considerations to help protect you and your children from the threat of COVID-19. Note that these considerations are meant to supplement- not replace- any state or local health and safety laws, rules, and regulations.  When planning to host a holiday […]

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