Summer Camp in 2021

Sleepover camps and day camps have been an important part of kids’ summer memories for decades. Will 2021 provide those opportunities to make friends, learn skills, and develop responsibility? It’s early days, but it’s not too early to look into the possibilities and make plans. Will camps be open? Arkansas is allowing summer camps to open. […]

Spring Cleaning and Child Safety

As fresh air and sunshine replace snow and rain, 78% of Americans roll up their sleeves and do some spring cleaning, according to the American Cleaning Institute’s annual National Cleaning Survey. Spring cleaning can be a great family activity, but it’s also a time to think about safety. Check for safety issues as you clean Here are […]

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: A vaccine for the 5-11 age group has just been approved, and there is also a vaccination for children ages 12 to 17. Is the COVID-19 vaccination for young kids safe? The […]

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. […]