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. […]

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Season

COVID-19 is not the only virus in town. We’re also seeing respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) — in fact, this year many states are seeing more cases, earlier in the year than usual. Respiratory syncytial virus is a common virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. However, it can be serious, especially for babies under 6 […]

No-Nuts Classrooms? Help with Kids’ Lunches

Getting ready for back to school? If your child carries lunch, you need to come up with five days a week worth of healthy lunches that will stay fresh in a locker, and which your kids will actually eat.  For a lot of kids, the obvious answer is peanut butter on whole wheat bread. It’s […]

Children and the COVID-19 Delta Variant

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is now responsible for about 70% of all the cases of COVID-19. It is more contagious than the original virus, and it is spreading rapidly among unvaccinated people. The solution for adults and kids over 12 is easy: get vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccines protect against the delta variant. Almost everyone […]

Children’s Safety Center Charity Gala

The 14th annual Dream Big Charity Gala is coming up on July 16th. This year, it will be a virtual event on Facebook and YouTube. Register and participate in the silent auction beginning on July 13th, at the auction site. Last year, Dr. Koehler of Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics collected $5,000 for the event with his […]

Air Travel with Children

The COVID-19 pandemic kept a lot of families from traveling over the past year, but we’re beginning to get out and about. Road trips have been a favored option, but air travel is now a possibility again. How can you make the best of air travel with children? Lap infants If your baby is under […]

Back to School Wellness Visits

It’s summer at last and you are probably enjoying special times with your kids. You’re hanging out in the shade of a big tree or playing at the water park, having picnics by the lake or reading in a hammock. You might be traveling or experiencing tourist attractions near your home, hiking or biking on […]

Sun Safety for Children: 5 Top Tips

As summer nears, families will be spending more time outdoors. We’ll all benefit from the increased Vitamin D we’ll get from the sun, the improved mood we can get from being out in nature, and the fresh air (which is probably better air quality than we have indoors). But sun safety is still important, especially […]

Fitting Fast Food into Your Kids’ Healthy Life

Fast food is a fact of modern life. Rushing from one activity to another, picking the quickest and cheapest meal option, or responding to stress — parents are choosing fast food for kids more often than ever. How can you fit fast food into your life without making unhealthy choices for your kids? Is fast […]

2021 Back to School Checklist

Your back to school checklist is probably already getting long. Some of these items may be on your list now: Get your school calendar (Fayetteville and Bentonville, for example, have theirs online) Make any scheduling decisions. See the CDC’s tools for making some of these choices. Sign up for extracurricular activities. Arrange after-school childcare. Sort […]