Vaccine Hesitancy

August is National Vaccination Month, the month when many parents rush to get their kids’ immunizations caught up before school starts. This year, school reopenings are more complicated than usual, and the coronavirus has caused some parents to skip routine pediatric visits — including vaccinations. The World Health Organization designated vaccine hesitation as one of […]

Summer Safety: Stinging Insects

Wasps, hornets, and bees defend themselves from perceived attacks by stinging — and that can be painful or even dangerous for kids. Help your kids learn about stinging insects, avoid stings, and know how to treat them. Avoid stings The best plan for avoiding the pain of bee stings is not getting stung. Here are […]

Keeping Track of Your Kid’s Vaccination Schedule

Vaccinating your children is one of the most important things you can do for their health and for the health of the community. But which vaccinations should your kids get, and when? The vaccination schedule may seem complicated and hard to remember, but help is available. Here’s how to keep track. Vaccination schedule You probably […]

Coronavirus and Swimming Pools

Facts and information about the coronavirus pandemic are constantly changing. Visit the CDC site for the most up-to-date information during the COVID-19 outbreak. Water safety is always a top concern for families during the summer. Not only is drowning the top cause of fatal accidents among kids ages 1-4, but half of the most dangerous […]

Heat Safety for Kids

52 American children died of heatstroke in cars last year. It’s a tragedy that reflects the fact that small children’s bodies can’t regulate their temperatures as well as older kids and adults. Little kids have both eccrine and apocrine sweat glands, but they don’t sweat as much as older kids and adults, so they don’t […]

New COVID-19 Testing Priorities in Northwest Arkansas

As of July 2, 2020, due to an increased testing demand and a national shortage in the COVID-19 testing reagent and supplies, the Northwest Arkansas health care community needs to prioritize COVID-19 viral testing for people who meet certain criteria.  MANA Clinics will offer COVID-19 viral testing according to the new criteria outlined below:  Symptomatic […]

Nap Time for Children

Young children need more sleep than adults. Usually, they do not get enough sleep during the night and must also have naps during the day. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers recommendations for sleep including naps.  Babies need 14 to 18 hours of sleep out of every 24 hours. Newborns sleep most of the day […]

Can Children Spread COVID-19?

COVID-19 is called a “novel” coronavirus because it is a new disease — one that has not been seen before. As more people have the virus, researchers continue to learn more about it. However, at this point there are a lot of things that experts don’t yet know for sure. One area where scientists are […]

Physical Literacy for Your Kids

Literacy is key for children — but it’s not just about reading any more. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is calling for physical literacy, too.  That means understanding, valuing, and taking responsibility for physical activity throughout life.  It starts with kids. Just about one quarter of American children actually get the amount of physical […]

Tough Talks with Your Kids

Parents know there will be some tough conversations with kids in the future. But that future might be closer than you think. The youngest death from vaping so far was a 15 year old. 15 to 17 year olds are more likely to use e-cigarettes than adults. 7,315 American girls between 10 and 14 years […]