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Archives for Children's Health

Children and Healthy Eating

by Tom Seman MD FAAP August 15th, 2013 | Children's Health, Pediatrician on Call
A healthy lifestyle begins with healthy eating and nutrition, but what constitutes healthy eating? The answer is not as difficult as it seems;eat smart and in moderation. What does eat smart mean?

Healthy eating should start at birth. When a child is only a few months old, it eats the healthiest it most likely ever will. All of the child's nutrition is cared for, and the child is very willing to eat it. We, as parents, then start introducing solid foods often between 4 - 6 months of age. It is often during this time that the child starts to demonstrate his palate
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Children and Type I Diabetes

by Tom Seman MD FAAP July 18th, 2013 | Children's Health, Health Observance, Pediatrician on Call
My 6 year old child was a recently diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. We are having problems with the heat and all of the desserts at the cookouts. How do we handle all of this?

First of all, make sure you have reviewed all of the dietary restrictions and know about the medications and there effects. Summer can be a hard time since there are so many changes. Type I Diabetes Mellitus is a disorder where the pancreas no longer makes enough insulin for the child. The muscles, the brain, the heart, and all other parts of the body use
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Treating Warts in Children

by Tom Seman MD FAAP June 19th, 2013 | Pediatrician on Call
I have a sixteen year-old daughter who is prone to warts.  Should we treat each one or just let them be?

Warts are always such a bother and have gotten such a bad name, often being associated with witches and ogres and the like. In reality, though, a wart is just a viral infection of the skin. The wart makes the skin grow faster than the surrounding skin, thereby creating the telltale bumps. There are several different kinds of warts, but they are all similar in their formation. The difference lies in the virus that infects the cells. Choosing to
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Summer Tips for Children

by Tom Seman MD FAAP May 23rd, 2013 | Pediatrician on Call
How can I make summer more enjoyable for my child?

June is almost here, a time of endings and new beginnings, where children are  finishing their school year and entering vacation. The many complaints of waking up early and getting ready for the bus or carpool are gone, thankfully. Days filled with schedules and routines have ended, and the children should be happy and ready to have fun. But wait, they are now complaining about nothing to do. Some seem restless, maybe even a  little irritable or anxious. Why?

Well, there are a few reasons for this. The first is that
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Swimming Pool Safety and Children

by Tom Seman MD FAAP April 24th, 2013 | Pediatrician on Call
I am moving into a new home with a swimming pool soon.  I am worried about my two year-old daughter's safety around the pool. Is it too early to begin swimming lessons?

With summer approaching, people go outside in the sun and enjoy all types of activities, including swimming.  Safety around water is very important.  Between 2005 and 2009, there were 3,553 fatal unintentional drownings annually.  That is ten events every day of the year. More than 50% of drowning victims required hospitalization or transfer for further specialized care.  When you compare this with the 6% of other unintentional injuries,
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