Archive | October, 2012

Happy Halloween – Tips for a Safe Night of Trick-or-Treating

We love Halloween, and it’s almost time for those little ghosts, goblins, pirates and super heroes to come knocking on your door. Here are some tips for keeping your trick-or-treaters safe!
Costumes

When you prepare your child’s costume, be sure all fabrics, materials and wigs are flame retardant. Read More »

Just for Fun · McKennan · Comments { 0 }

My Child Is Sick, What Do I Do?

It is easy to become frustrated when your child is sick. As a physician and a grandpa, I regularly get asked to help determine if a child has a serious illness or just has a cold. I have a daughter in Colorado whose oldest child is 6 months old (my fifth grandchild).  Read More »

Health Insurance, Pediatrics, Preventative Care · Avera Health · Comments { 0 }

Growing Up: The Importance of Teen Wellness Exams

Adolescence seems to be one of those times while kids are growing up when we, as pediatricians, don’t see our patients very often. They usually are healthy overall and rarely get sick, so they don’t have much need to come and see their doctor. Read More »

Pediatrics, Preventative Care, Primary Care · McKennan · Comments { 0 }

Hot Topics for Parents – Avoiding Negative Communication

Focus on the Behavior
It is hard for a child to change behavior when he or she does not feel respected. When your child misbehaves, it is important to separate the child from the behavior. You can approve of your child but disapprove of his or her behavior. Read More »

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Managing Medications in Schools

The number of children taking daily medications is on the rise, and some of these medications need to be taken throughout the day. As a mom and pharmacist I want to make sure my children are receiving their medications in the proper dosage. Read More »

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The Chubby Chapters: Staying on Track

If there was a missing person file for the Avera McKennan Fitness center, my name would surely be on it. When I began this blog, I was confident that I could jump in, workout and get fit without a problem. The thing I missed was that I forgot about all the things that happen in my life. Read More »

Employees, Exercise, Nutrition, Patient Stories · McKennan · Comments { 0 }