Chelsea Gauer, RD, LMNT

4 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthfully


Nutrition, Parenting, Pediatrics, Weight Management, Wellness

We’ve been hearing it for over a decade now: Our kids are getting heavier. One in three of our youngsters are overweight or obese. Prevalence of childhood obesity has tripled since the 1970’s, and is now America’s number one health concern for parents, even over drug and alcohol use. But these are things we already know. The more interesting topic is: What are we doing about it? As a country? A community? As parents? The government is trying its best by changing the school lunch guidelines, which will continue to slowly change until 2022. However, some might argue not slowly enough. Though the initial hype has gone down, kids are still retaliating and complaining of the severe changes made in … Continue reading

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Tricia Schmit, M.D.

Why Do Teens Sleep So Late?


Pediatrics

It is no news to parents that teens tend to sleep in later than the rest of us. We all know they often stay up later and then are hard to wake up in time for that 7:45am class. Now, this is being supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, who published their recommendation that schools start no earlier than 8:30am. Teens tend to have their circadian rhythms shifted later than the rest of us—they naturally are prone to being awake later in the night. Add to that the artificial light from electronics that also triggers their brains to want to stay awake, and then you are left with a sleep-deprived kid in the morning. So, it’s no wonder it’s … Continue reading

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Tricia Schmit, M.D.

Symptoms of a Concussion


Pediatrics

As I watched my 8 year old put on his very first football helmet, all I could think of is, “football has the highest rate of concussions….”   As his mom, I am worried (once again), but I also know that he loves football.  He knows all the teams and the players.  We live in Nebraska.  Who am I kidding??  Football is ingrained in any little kid who lives in the state. I don’t mean to pick on football.  It is a fact that it has the highest rate of concussions, but your kid could get a concussion participating in virtually any activity.  Concussions (or traumatic brain injury—TBI) can happen with a blow/jolt to the head.  You don’t have to … Continue reading

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Katie Vollmuth, M.D.

At-Home Treatments for 5 Common Childhood Ailments


Pediatrics

The weather is nice and our children are spending more time outside. Which is great! But that usually means more injuries and ailments for them. Here are some tips for the correct way to deal with 5 of the most common injuries/ailments that can occur. 1. Burns – A minor burn is red and tender with minor swelling. To treat this, place the burned skin under cold running water to cool the area. Do not put ice on it as it can slow healing. If a blister does form do your best to keep it in tact and do NOT pop it. A popped blister will give bacteria a chance to enter and cause infection. Apply a bandage after the … Continue reading

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Katie Vollmuth, M.D.

What’s the Rub with Sunscreen? Tips for Proper Sun Protection


Pediatrics

“A drink in my hand, my snow up against the burning sand, probably getting gorgeously tanned in summer!” We are 100% in summer mode now with school being out and our kids are going to be spending a lot of time outdoors. So now is the time to have a plan for protecting their skin from the harmful rays of the sun. It has been long known that solar radiation can cause skin cancer. Melanoma incidence has been increasing over the last 30 years. The group that has experienced this the most is young, white women (ages 15-39) and white adults older than 65. It is believed that a few things may be contributing to the increase including the deterioration … Continue reading

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