Welcome, Dr. Liz Lewis!

Dr. Liz Lewis joined Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics, a MANA clinic, on April 1, 2021.  Dr. Lewis is a Board Certified Pediatrician. She served at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis and at two hospitals in Alabama, where she was voted one of Birmingham Parent’s “Favorite Kids’ Docs.” A native of South Carolina, Dr. Lewis did […]

Nutrition for Teens

March is National Nutrition Month. As a parent of young children, you may have heard that it’s your job to serve healthy food and your child’s job to decide what to eat. Feeding your teens can bring up new challenges, though. You are no longer their only source of food, and they expect to have […]

Is Your Child Ready for a Pet?

Families are adopting pets at much higher rates than normal during the pandemic. Shelters were reporting double the demand for dogs and cats last summer, and some are running out of puppies completely.  Between more time spent at home, a need for something safe and special to do, and the growth of loneliness, there has […]

6 Potty Training Tools

You can begin potty training whenever your child is ready. Most kids are ready by age three. But children are different from one another. Your 18 month old might ask to use the potty and be dry during the day after a few months, or your two-year-old might resist potty training as though it’s just […]

COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids

Among the questions about vaccinations that we’re hearing is one with a simple answer: Q: Is there a COVID-19 vaccination for kids? A: No. The current vaccines are approved for ages 16 and up or age 18 and up. Why isn’t a COVID-19 vaccination for kids available? The procedure for making vaccines available is complicated […]

Sanitizing Masks for Sniffle Season

Children who go to school or child care wear face masks. This helps to keep them safe, but it can also create challenges. How can you keep kids’ masks clean and comfortable, even in allergy or cold seasons? Have plenty of masks Have several masks for your kids so they will have a mask to […]

Childhood Obesity in the Pandemic

Before the start of the pandemic, about 20% of American children were obese. Doctors are now saying that about half of their patients have gained significant weight during the pandemic.  Adults who have been joking about the “COVID 19” (remember the Freshman 15?) aren’t amazed that kids are also gaining some weight. But obesity in […]

Kids and Digital Advertising

Companies have been advertising to kids for decades, but new methods of advertising in digital media bring up new concerns. How does advertising affect kids? Advertising directed at kids is designed to turn them into customers. Research shows that kids who see influencer promotions for junk food are more likely to eat more non-nutritious food. […]

Getting Ready for Kids’ Sports

Local schools’ plans may be up in the air for 2021, but the American Academy of Pediatrics has some suggestions for kids’ sports this season.  Wear masks We’re still learning more about COVID-19 all the time. At one point, there was uncertainty about wearing face coverings while exercising. However, the AAP now recommends masks for […]

New USDA Baby Nutrition Advice

The new national nutrition guidelines include recommendations for babies from birth to 24 months for the first time. The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services (USDA-HHS) will be presenting this baby nutrition guidance along with other updated recommendations by the end of the year. Research increasingly shows that babies’ eating habits in […]