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%. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against letting kids use a trampoline. If kids use trampolines, the AAP would rather see them on a trampoline at school, […]

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 […]

Cold Weather Health Myths

Your children might have different ailments in winter than they have in summer — but not for the reasons that many of us think. Cold weather health myths are so widely believed that many of us are surprised to find out they’re folklore. Here are some common beliefs about health in winter that just aren’t […]

Your Child’s Eyes

Regular eye health check ups Your pediatrician will check your child’s eyes and visual development during regular well baby visits. At about age three and a half, your child’s doctor will test your child’s visual acuity — how clearly he or she can see.  Around age five, your pediatrician will check your child’s vision again. […]

Christmas Shopping with Kids: Pros, Cons, and How-tos

The average American household plans to spend nearly $1,000 this Christmas, and two thirds of those purchases will at least begin online. This means that at least some shopping trips will take place in physical stores. Should children go on those shopping trips? And if so, how can their experience of Christmas shopping be a […]

When Your Child Struggles in School

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a new report on how pediatricians can help kids who are struggling in school. One of the central points of the report is that trouble in school is a complex issue. While struggling in school may be considered a symptom, and you will certainly want to talk with your […]