Pediatric News Blog


Reading over the summer

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  • Some readers are late bloomers, but there is a lot that parents can do to help awaken a love of reading.
  • Put away the electronic devices and use time in the car or while waiting for reading.
  • Letting your children pick out what they want to read at the library increases the chances that they will read it.
  • Find books at your child’s reading level.

Planning an active vacation

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  • Reduce distractions by unplugging from electronic devices.
  • Be brave and reach outside your comfort zone to try something new.
  • Be sure to make time for naps or a little rest to recharge everybody’s batteries.
  • When planning your vacation look for things you can do in the area that are active, whether it is a walking tour of the city or a hike in the great outdoors.

Hay Fever

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  • Hay fever is caused by common allergens like mold, pollens, pet dander, or dust mites.
  • The symptoms of hay fever are often confused with cold symptoms, but hay fever is an allergic reaction and isn’t caused by a virus.
  • Allergic rhinitis not only makes you feel miserable, it can interfere with your sleep, worsen asthma symptoms, or cause sinusitis or ear infections.

Teen Suicide

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  • The more we know about suicide and the warning signs, the better we can prevent it.
  • In Utah, suicide is the leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10 to 17.
  • In about 90 percent of cases suicide victims were suffering from a mental disorder when they died.

Protecting our children from sexual abuse

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  • Reduce your children’s risk by carefully evaluating and limiting (when possible) any time spent in isolated, one-on-one situations with other children, youth, and adults.
  • Educating your children about sexual abuse doesn’t mean they won’t ever become a victim, but it does offer an important line of defense.
  • Children who have been prepared will know how to respond to any threats and will feel more comfortable coming to talk to you.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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  • One in six boys and one in four girls will experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 18.
  • In about 90 percent of cases, children are abused by somebody who is known and trusted by the child and the child’s family.
  • Be sure to report to the authorities if you suspect child abuse, find child pornography, or if a child discloses abuse to you.


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