Keep Your Baby Safe in Hot Weather

Parents’ fears about extreme weather often focus on tornados or blizzards. In fact, extreme heat is the most dangerous extreme weather event for most children. Babies are more vulnerable to heat than adults and older children. Keeping babies safe in hot weather takes some extra attention.  How hot weather affects babies Babies don’t sweat as […]

Barefoot Kids: Pros and Cons

As the weather warms up, your kids may want to kick off their shoes. In fact, if they’re not going to school, they might not put shoes on for most of the summer. They can play outside and relax inside barefoot and enjoy the freedom. Or should they not go barefoot, for health reasons? Benefits […]

National Minority Health Month for Kids

April is National Minority Health Month, a time to think about the disparities in U.S. healthcare and health outcomes — and to take action against those inequities.  Health outcomes are different for kids from different ethnic groups Here are some eye-opening statistics: Infant mortality rates in Arkansas are different in different ethnic groups. Black children’s […]

A Dozen Easter Basket Alternatives

Easter means family gatherings, egg hunts, and Easter baskets full of chocolate bunnies and jelly beans! But candy isn’t the only thing your kids will enjoy in their Easter baskets this Easter. Colored eggs are a basic! Kids enjoy coloring hard-boiled eggs and they’ll enjoy seeing the eggs they made in their baskets, too. Art […]

AAP Updates Child Development Milestones

You may have heard that the American Academy of Pediatrics has updated their child development milestones. Those milestones — when kids are expected to crawl, speak, walk, and so on — are in important part of your child’s well child appointments. Your pediatrician will check and see whether your son or daughter has met the […]

MANA Gives Back to Children’s Safety Center

On April 6, 2022 MANA physicians and staff donated $2,300 to the Children’s Safety Center of Washington County (CSC) as part of the MANA Giving Program. Several staff members from this month’s clinic sponsor, Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics, presented the check to leaders at CSC before they toured the center and learned about the organization. The […]

Take Charge of Your Health

The last few years has taken its toll on everyone’s health, physical and mental. Many of us have developed unhealthy habits, experienced health issues, and dealt with anxiety and added stress. However, it doesn’t have to be this way! MANA encourages you to take charge of your health by scheduling an annual wellness visit. There […]

Hiking with Children

Spring is in the air, and Northwest Arkansas is calling us all to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty. It’s a perfect opportunity to take your family hiking. Short family hikes There are plenty of easy family hikes in Northwest Arkansas. Here are some of our favorites: Tanyard Creek Loop in Bella Vista Crystal […]

Welcome, Dr. Whitney Alexander!

We’re delighted to welcome Dr. Whitney Alexander to the MANA family! She has joined Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics and will be seeing children at the Fayetteville and the Pinnacle Hills locations. Dr. Alexander is board certified and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics is a wonderful clinic with great doctors,” said […]

Video Game Addiction

Addiction to video games has been officially listed as a disease in the 11th edition of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems.  While parents have long been concerned about excessive gaming among kids, this is the first time that video game addiction has been officially recognized. Is it Video Game Addiction? […]