Parents’ Top Questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With the new coronavirus, COVID-19, we know parents have a lot of questions about how to keep their children and family healthy and safe. We asked Stacy Furlow, MD, an experienced pediatrician at Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics, to answer your questions. 

NWA Pediatrics No Longer Seeing Walk-Ins

Beginning Monday, March 16, for the safety and well-being of our patients and families, we will no longer be seeing walk-in patients. Please call the clinic for an appointment to be seen:   Fayetteville: (479) 442-7322 Pinnacle Hills: (479) 464-5597   This is a temporary measure to decrease the spread of Coronavirus in our community. We understand this is not […]

Car Seats 101

Arkansas requires car seats for children. Arkansas Code 27-34-104 specifies that children less than 6 years of age and weighing less than 60 pounds are required to use a car seat when riding in a car.  Rear-facing car seats You’ll start your baby in a rear-facing car seat, and you should keep your child in a […]

Daylight Saving Time and Kids

Kids need 10 hours of sleep a night to feel rested and ready for their day. Teens need 8 to 10 hours. Daylight saving time (DST) can disrupt sleep, even for children, and lead to temporary sleep deprivation. The physical response to daylight saving time is a lot like jet lag: our natural circadian rhythms […]

Healthy Snacks for Kids

According to a new Nielsen survey, most Americans have made healthy changes in their eating habits over the past five years, and they expect to do better in the future as well. As many as 70% of survey respondents plan to eat more fresh food, less fast food, and healthier snacks. Most parents want healthy […]

First Aid for Kids

Kids get hurt. From the early days when they’re getting used to gravity to broken bones in sports events, cuts and scrapes and bumps and bruises are a normal part of life with children. Be prepared with some basic first aid for kids knowledge. Cuts and scrapes If your child gets a cut and is […]

Dr. Benafield of Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics Voted the Best

Dr. Laureen Benafield of Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics has been chosen by readers of Celebrate Arkansas for the Very Best Awards.    Dr. Laureen Benafield joined MANA’s Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics in September of 2000. She is board certified in Pediatrics by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Dr. Laureen Benafield was voted as one of the Best […]

Trampoline Park Safety

Between 2008 and 2017, trampoline injuries increased by nearly 4% each year. The odds of getting an injury at a trampoline park, however, increased by more than 30%.  <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0; width=”560px”;<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: […]

Blue Light and Your Kids

Parents have plenty of reasons to worry about screen time, from cyber-bullies to Instagram-induced low self-esteem. Should you also be worrying about blue light and HEV rays? Digital eyestrain Different light sources have different wavelengths and levels of energy. Blue light, which is the most common kind coming from computer, smartphone, and tablet screens, has […]

New Guidelines on Autism from AAP

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidance on autism for the first time since 2007. The biggest changes are a call for early treatment and recommendations that doctors include check ups for developmental delays at every well-child visit for all children. What is autism? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a category of neurodevelopmental […]