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 […]

Understanding EVALI

There is no safe way to smoke or use tobacco products. People who use electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and other vaping products (vapes) are at an increased risk for health problems including addiction, lung diseases, and EVALI. What is EVALI? EVALI stands for e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury. The Centers for Disease Control and […]

Coronavirus Safety from NWA Pediatrics

En EspaƱol Updated 3/19/2020 The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been rapidly spreading. Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics has taken appropriate and necessary precautions for the safety and well-being of our patients and families. Specifically, we are following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and checklists for patients who may have coronavirus. To help […]

The Difference Between Serving Size and Portion Size

Knowing how to read a nutrition facts label is an important skill. However, you can still miss information even if you routinely check things like calorie counts, added sugars, and total grams of fat. Understanding serving size can be a little tricky. Here’s some information explaining the difference between serving size and portion size. What’s […]

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 […]

Stroke Symptoms

Call 911 immediately if you think someone might be having a stroke. Getting medical treatment as soon as possible is key in preventing death or permanent disability from stroke. Learn to recognize stroke symptoms and act fast. Stroke symptoms Stroke symptoms develop suddenly and they often affect just one side of the body: difficulty speaking […]

Sources of Calcium That Aren’t Dairy

Dairy is one of the best sources of calcium, but not everyone consumes dairy. Some people are lactose intolerant, vegan, or just don’t like the taste of milk. Some avoid dairy products for other reasons, too. However, calcium is essential to good bone health, and everyone needs calcium to strengthen bones or prevent bone loss. […]

Why Don’t Adults Eat Vegetables?

The average adult knows that it’s important to eat vegetables, so why does the average adult not eat enough of them? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 9% of U.S. adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables. Whatever reasons you may have for not eating vegetables, there’s a better reason to […]

Surprising Signs of Breast Cancer

Finding a mass in the breast tissue, or a breast lump, is one of the most recognized signs of breast cancer. However, many breast cancers that are found with breast screening like mammography are too tiny to feel and finding a lump doesn’t always mean that you have breast cancer. Recognizing all of the signs […]

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 […]