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Good vision is essential for children's normal development and learning. Infants and toddlers who do not see clearly or have distorted vision -- such as double vision -- have extra learning challenges. At about six weeks, an infant should be...
If your child missed a dental check-up this past year, then schedule an appointment soon. Oral health is an important part of our overall wellness. In Iowa kindergarteners and ninth graders must have proof of a dental screening. A “screening”...
Every day of the year is some nationally designated holiday. Some holidays note important causes or remembrances. Others might be considered frivolous, such as National Ice Cream Day, which falls on the third Sunday in July. The Dallas County Public...
World Hepatitis Day is observed each July 28. The 2021 theme, “Hepatitis Can’t Wait,” refers to the importance of timely testing, treatment and prevention of this disease, even in the midst of the COVID pandemic. See the World Hepatitis...
Just because you don’t sunburn easily doesn’t mean you’re safe from skin cancer. Sunlight can damage the skin of anyone, including people with darker skin tones. When skin cancer develops in people of color, it is often diagnosed at more...
E-coli is a type of bacteria that can cause severe nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. The most common ways to become ill from E-coli are by ingesting feces that has contaminated ground meat, fresh produce or unpasteurized milk and by...
Kids like to opine on the topic of “If I were in charge of the world . . .” Truth be told, adults often dream about changes they’d like to see and how the changes could be accomplished. What about the...
Many pediatricians concerned about the number of children and adolescents who have fallen behind in regular check-ups due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents are urged to keep their children on schedule for: developmental screenings vision and hearing assessments vaccinations...
There is much talk at present about the economic impact of the pandemic, from global to national to personal. With businesses reopening and lots of jobs available locally, it’s time for everyone to take a serious look at their...
Ticks are external parasites that feed on the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles and amphibians. Ticks evolved more than 100 million years ago. Beware of ticks when going into wooded areas or where there’s tall grass because ticks...