Archive | October, 2012

Happy Halloween – Tips for a Safe Night of Trick-or-Treating

We love Halloween, and it’s almost time for those little ghosts, goblins, pirates and super heroes to come knocking on your door. Here are some tips for keeping your trick-or-treaters safe! Costumes When you prepare your child’s costume, be sure all fabrics, materials and wigs are flame retardant. Read More »
Just for Fun · McKennan

My Child Is Sick, What Do I Do?

It is easy to become frustrated when your child is sick. As a physician and a grandpa, I regularly get asked to help determine if a child has a serious illness or just has a cold. I have a daughter in Colorado whose oldest child is 6 months old (my fifth grandchild).  Read More »
Children's Health, Health Insurance, Wellness and Prevention · Avera Health

Growing Up: The Importance of Teen Wellness Exams

Adolescence seems to be one of those times while kids are growing up when we, as pediatricians, don’t see our patients very often. They usually are healthy overall and rarely get sick, so they don’t have much need to come and see their doctor. Read More »
Children's Health, Family Medicine, Wellness and Prevention · McKennan

Hot Topics for Parents – Avoiding Negative Communication

Talk positively with your child by taking time to explain appropriate behavior. Focus on the Behavior It is hard for a child to change behavior when he or she does not feel respected. When your child misbehaves, it is important to separate the child from the behavior. Read More »
Children's Health · McKennan

Remedies for Constipation in Children

Constipation. It’s one of those words that almost everyone has heard, and most people know what it means. Or at least they think they do. Symptoms of Constipation Many people assume that if you (or your child) is constipated, you cannot have a bowel movement at all. Read More »
Children's Health · McKennan

Hot Topics for Parents – Use Your Voice Wisely

Offering positive statements to help a child learn to put on a coat will motivate him or her more than criticism will. Tone of voice is very important when talking to children, and it can often mean more than the actual words you are saying. Read More »
Children's Health · McKennan