COVID-19 Vaccinations for Kids!

The American Academy of Pediatrics is working to get kids 5 and up vaccinated against COVID-19.  Where can my child get the COVID-19 vaccine? Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics and most MANA Family Medicine locations are offering the lower dose vaccine for established patients age 5-11 and the vaccine for age 12-18 by appointment. Learn more Clinic […]

Understanding Chicken Pox

Chicken Pox used to be a common childhood disease; more than 95% of American adults have had it. In the early 1990s, four million people got this disease every year. Since the vaccine against chickenpox was introduced in 1995, fewer children are getting it.  Chicken pox is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. […]

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 […]

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 […]

3 Fun Ideas for Halloween 2020

Halloween 2020 will be a bit different from previous years, but it can definitely still be fun!  The Centers for Disease Control have an interactive map that shows the danger level of neighborhoods across the country. Here in Northwest Arkansas, the level of risk is high enough that you might want to skip Trick or […]

Flu Shots for Kids: High Priority in 2020

Your kids — in fact, your whole family — should get flu shots every year. This year, with COVID-19 in the mix, it’s especially important.  Kids six months to nine years need two shots about four weeks apart. Kids ages nine and up need just one shot. Two weeks after the course of vaccinations is […]

Healthy, Kid-Friendly Potatoes

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition reports that 27% of young children in the U.S. get fewer than one serving of vegetables a day. For the kids who do eat vegetables, the top veggie isn’t carrots or kohlrabi. It’s French fries. Is that a good thing? Potatoes are nutritious vegetables. But the processing […]

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 […]