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Childhood Obesity Prevention Tips

When it comes to obesity prevention, there is nothing a child can “never” have, but there are plenty of things that should be treats: ice cream, soda, and snacks with saturated fat are among them. If you start during the newborn period, however, you can help your children build healthy habits for life.

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Dr. Hill is a paid spokesman for PediaCare®, a brand of Prestige Brands, Inc. or its affiliate (Prestige). The content of his posts represents his own thoughts and opinions. Such content is merely informational and is not intended as medical advice. If readers require medical advice or have particular medical needs for themselves or anyone else, they should consult a doctor or other appropriate medical professional.

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Recognizing & Relieving Stress in Children

Parents who think childhood isn’t stressful don’t remember being kids, especially during the school year. Children lack control over many aspects of their lives, and there is much about the world around them they don’t understand. It’s amazing they’re not all quivering masses of anxiety!

Children, however, benefit from a unique stress-fighting resource: their parents. We can’t shield them completely from stress, nor would it be a good thing if we could. Read below to see what kinds of stress are good for children and how you can help your little one through the discomforting kinds of stress.

Read Dr. Hill’s full article on Stress & Anxiety in Children. PC_DrHillBlog-Stress

Dr. Hill is a paid spokesman for PediaCare®, a brand of Prestige Brands, Inc. or its affiliate (Prestige). The content of his posts represents his own thoughts and opinions. Such content is merely informational and is not intended as medical advice. If readers require medical advice or have particular medical needs for themselves or anyone else, they should consult a doctor or other appropriate medical professional.                     

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Infographic for Treating a Fever

Treating a fever can be a headache for any parent or caregiver. Check out these great tips from Dr. Hill that make giving medicine as painless as possible–for parents and their little patients.

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Dr. Hill is a paid spokesman for PediaCare®, a brand of Prestige Brands, Inc. or its affiliate (Prestige). The content of his posts represents his own thoughts and opinions. Such content is merely informational and is not intended as medical advice. If readers require medical advice or have particular medical needs for themselves or anyone else, they should consult a doctor or other appropriate medical professional.

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Infographic for Adjusting Your Child’s Sleep Habits

A healthy sleep schedule depends on several different variables. Check out Dr. Hill’s tips for Adjusting Your Child’s Sleep Habits to make putting your child to bed a dream.

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Click here for more information on Getting Kids to Sleep.

Dr. Hill is a paid spokesman for PediaCare®, a brand of Prestige Brands, Inc. or its affiliate (Prestige). The content of his posts represents his own thoughts and opinions. Such content is merely informational and is not intended as medical advice. If readers require medical advice or have particular medical needs for themselves or anyone else, they should consult a doctor or other appropriate medical professional.

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Tips to Prepare for Cough and Cold Season

There’s so much to get excited about with another school year nearly upon us! New supplies, new friends, new…viruses? My children’s school supply lists include not just pencils and notebooks but facial tissue and hand sanitizer. It could be that their teachers are all germophobes, but I’m guessing they’re just experienced.

Your home should also have a supply list for cough and cold season, but it doesn’t have to be long. As a start, pick up some tissues. Also, be sure to grab some extra hand sanitizer. Most cold viruses spread by hand-to-face contact, so frequent handwashing with soap and water or cleansing with a product that contains at least 62% isopropyl alcohol is among the most effective ways to keep cold viruses from spreading.

While you’re in the pharmacy section of the store, go ahead and pick up an age-appropriate vitamin D (get some for yourself while you’re at it). In one study, vitamin D supplements reduced children’s risk of getting a cold by half! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children should take at least 400 IU of vitamin D a day, an amount found in most children’s multivitamins.

If you’re not sure you have a working thermometer, grab a new one! It’s normal to have 3 days of fever at the start of a cold, but a fever that lasts 4 or more days or that returns later in the illness often suggests a bacterial infection.

Next, check out the housewares department for some cozy bedding. Tired kids are much more susceptible to viral infections, so make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep, every night!

Finally, call your child’s doctor to make sure her immunizations are up to date and find out when she can get flu vaccine. Immunizations can cut down dramatically on rates of ear infections, pneumonia, and sinusitis. As far as doctors are concerned, they’re your child’s #1 school supply.

Dr. Hill is a paid spokesman for PediaCare®, a brand of Prestige Brands, Inc. or its affiliate (Prestige). The content of his posts represents his own thoughts and opinions. Such content is merely informational and is not intended as medical advice. If readers require medical advice or have particular medical needs for themselves or anyone else, they should consult a doctor or other appropriate medical professional.

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First Aid Kit Summer List: What to Pack in Your Parent Bag

Whether it’s running around an amusement park, camping in our own backyard or going to the beach, we parents will undoubtedly pack a bag–and without a doubt forget something. Before you head out for your next family adventure, make sure to check Dr. Hill’s First Aid Kit for Summer twice to make sure you are ready for those just-in-case moments!

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Read more of Dr. Hill’s summer tips on:

A Bit About Bug Bites: Mosquito Bites Edition

A Bit About Bug Bites: Tick Diseases, Symptoms & Treatment Edition

5 Tips to Avoid Sunburn This Summer Infographic

Dr. Hill is a paid spokesman for PediaCare®, a brand of Prestige Brands, Inc. or its affiliate (Prestige). The content of his posts represents his own thoughts and opinions. Such content is merely informational and is not intended as medical advice. If readers require medical advice or have particular medical needs for themselves or anyone else, they should consult a doctor or other appropriate medical professional.

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A Bit About Bug Bites: Tick Diseases, Symptoms & Treatment Edition

Compared to mosquitoes tick bites can be more dangerous.  But the vast, vast majority of tick bites still don’t cause any significant illness. Here’s what you need to know about tick diseases and tick treatment.

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Read more of Dr. Hill’s summer tips on:

A Bit About Bug Bites: Mosquito Bites Edition

5 Tips to Avoid Sunburn This Summer Infographic

Dr. Hill is a paid spokesman for PediaCare®, a brand of Prestige Brands, Inc. or its affiliate (Prestige). The content of his posts represents his own thoughts and opinions. Such content is merely informational and is not intended as medical advice. If readers require medical advice or have particular medical needs for themselves or anyone else, they should consult a doctor or other appropriate medical professional.

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A Bit About Bug Bites: Mosquito Bites Edition

Mosquitoes are far and away the queens of biting insects. I’d say kings, but only female mosquitoes bite people. Although they may seem harmless, there are a few things you should know about mosquitoes and mosquito bites.

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For more information about Arbovirus encephalitis including West Nile virus check out  http://www.cdc.gov/ncezid/dvbd/.

Dr. Hill is a paid spokesman for PediaCare®, a brand of Prestige Brands, Inc. or its affiliate (Prestige). The content of his posts represents his own thoughts and opinions. Such content is merely informational and is not intended as medical advice. If readers require medical advice or have particular medical needs for themselves or anyone else, they should consult a doctor or other appropriate medical professional.

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5 Tips to Avoid Sunburn This Summer Infographic

With the warmer weather approaching (finally!) many of us are looking forward to time in the sun, but before you head out, remember to take these sun safety tips for kids  with you!

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For more tips check out Dr. Hill’s blog “Sun Safety for Kids”

Click for more information on the Food and Drug Administration’s guidelines for sunscreen

How do you avoid sunburn in the summer? Comment below!

Dr. Hill is a paid spokesman for PediaCare®, a brand of Prestige Brands, Inc. or its affiliate (Prestige). The content of his posts represents his own thoughts and opinions. Such content is merely informational and is not intended as medical advice. If readers require medical advice or have particular medical needs for themselves or anyone else, they should consult a doctor or other appropriate medical professional.

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A Couple of Things About How To Raise Twins

Twins account for around 3% of US pregnancies, with the number rising every decade. Identical twin pregnancies occur when one fertilized egg splits into two in the first two weeks of pregnancy. Fraternal twins result from two eggs being released and fertilized at the same time. Sometimes it’s easy for doctors to tell which type of pregnancy you have, such as when the fetuses share a single placenta and amniotic sac (identical) or are different sexes (fraternal). In some cases, however, only a genetic test can reliably determine whether twins are identical or fraternal.

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