Category Archives: Pediatrics

Summer Break and How to Keep your Kids Active and Healthy

By Rita Zapien Miles, Registered Dietitian In a few weeks, kids across our area will hear the last bell of the school year—officially welcoming the start of summer break. While this highly anticipated time away from homework sounds relaxing, too much of a break may also be unhealthy for kids.  A 2016 study by the …

National Infant Immunization Week 2022

By Carolina Boyd, Communications Associate National Infant Immunization Week is April 24- 30, 2022. This yearly observance highlights the importance of protecting children, two years and younger, from vaccine preventable diseases. Vaccines have drastically reduced infant deaths and disabilities caused by preventable diseases in the United States. Postponing early vaccines for babies and young children …

April is Defeat Diabetes Month: A Look at Diabetes Among Children and Teens

By Dr. Iliana Solano, Medical Director of Pediatrics The month of April is Defeat Diabetes Month. Diabetes rates in the United States are rising among children and teens. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of new cases of diabetes among people younger than 20 years of age increased between …

April is World Autism Awareness Month

By Carolina Boyd, Communications Associate Every year the month of April is set aside as World Autism Awareness Month. The event was created as a way to raise awareness of autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and promote acceptance of children and adults living with the condition. ASD refers to a broad range of conditions …

Know the Warning Signs: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. We spoke with a Legacy provider – who screens for teen dating violence during her visits – about what signs to look for. By Barrett White   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Nearly 1 in 11 female and approximately 1 in 14 …

Choosing the Right Toys to Support Childhood Development

By Dr. Iliana Solano, Medical Director of Pediatrics Playing with toys is often thought of as fun time for children but the seemingly simple act of playing is important to healthy childhood development. Playing helps children to process information, which in turn can assist them in processing the world in which they live. The famous …

Staying Safe and Healthy for a Happy Holiday Season

By Carolina Boyd, Communications Associate The holiday season is well upon us. While it is often referred to as the “most wonderful time of the year,” it can be a risky time as well, especially as the world marks another holiday season inside the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before the global threat of COVID, the holidays …

Washing up for National Handwashing Awareness Week

By Carolina Boyd, Communications Associate Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been washing our hands more than ever.  This time of year is another reminder of why it is so important to wash up. That’s because Dec. 1-7, 2021 has been designated National Handwashing Awareness Week. According to the Centers for Disease …

Keeping Your Children’s Teeth Healthy this Halloween

By Carolina Boyd, Communications Associate Halloween is a time traditionally filled with fun and a little bit of fright. For parents and dentists, the scares are not only limited to ghosts or goblins. They also come from Halloween candy and many of the other treats available this time of year. “We all know that candy …

Strep Throat: The Dreaded Sore Throat for Both Parents and Children

By Carolina Boyd, Communications Associate Sore throats are a common childhood ailment, especially during the cooler weather months. Most of the time, there is not much for parents to worry about but occasionally a sore throat can be the first sign of a more serious condition known as strep throat. “Strep throat is caused by …