As you prepare your child’s back-to-school checklist, you want to make sure you have a comprehensive eye examination as part of that list. Did you know that 80 percent of learning is done through vision? Eye exams are just as important as dental visits and annual physicals. As an optometrist, I believe it is important to have your child’s eyes examined to encourage normal vision development and academic achievement.
As a runner, it’s exciting to cross the finish line of a race with my children cheering me on. But it’s even more of a thrill to stand at the tape and root for my kids as they compete in running events. Fun runs provide a unique way to introduce children to the lifelong habit of keeping active. In recent years, there’s been a boom in racing events for children, some starting as soon as a baby can crawl. Diaper dashes, toddler trots, and children’s fun runs are popping up all over the country, offering children of every age and running ability the chance to race.
Children aren’t always able to tell you what’s wrong when they aren’t feeling well and might be sick. One sign that they might be sick is when their body temperature is higher or lower than normal - but what’s normal? When should you take your child’s temperature and how should you take it? A normal body temperature under your child’s armpit (axilla) is between 36.5°C to 37.5°C. When your child’s body is trying to fight off an illness or infection, their temperature can rise higher than 37.5°C. This is called a fever.
Sleep-away camp is a right of passage for many children today, but deciding when and if to send your child on this journey is difficult. For parents of children with food allergies, the concerns of sending your child to camp become even greater. Navigating the world with a food allergy is often tricky, yet having the same experiences that non-allergic children have is not only important, it is entirely possible.
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