The importance of private visits during teenage well checks

Teen talking to a doctorDear parents:

Congratulations!  You are now the proud parent of a teenager. You have delicately guided them through infancy and childhood, and now he or she is becoming more independent every day. It’s important that your teenager’s health care provider has “alone time” at each health check with your teen. For some parents, it’s hard to let go, but this is a good step for a number of reasons.

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Simple Steps to Help Your Child’s Urinary Incontinence (Giveaway)

Pediatric IncontinenceNearly ten million children nationwide are affected by pediatric incontinence. Incontinence can be described as urinary urgency, frequency, dampness in the underwear and accidents during the day. Pediatric Urology at the American Family Children’s Hospital has a unique program that uses an innovative treatment program to help children that experience daytime wetting. Believe it or not, there are some simple steps you can implement today to help improve your child’s incontinent symptoms.

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Stress: How to Shake it Off

Shake Off Teen StressStress. Stress has propelled me through all-night cramming sessions, helped me to create 20-page midterm papers out of nowhere, caused me to miss the game winning goal, made me actually puke when speaking in front of a crowd of people, and propelled me to get off the couch and start taking control of my life. Stress is powerful. It has helped me to do some of my greatest work and yet it is something that at times has made me feel powerless, scared, and incapable of action. Stress is something that I have spent the last 20 years trying to manage and maintain in its most healthy and balanced form. So, I thought I would blog a little about stress: what it is, why we have it, how to best manage it without letting it get the best of you, and how to shake it off.

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10 Habits to Help Your Child Eat Well (Giveaway)

Helping Your Child to Eat WellA recent anti-obesity campaign released a video that has sparked great attention. This PSA, “Rewind the Future,” features a 300-pound man having a heart attack in the ER as his life flashes before his eyes. The viewer gets a sneak peek into the habits that may have led him to that hospital.

Eating well starts at birth and there are a variety of things that parents can do to help their child develop mindful eating habits.

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Safe Use of Contact Lenses

Contact Lens Safety for TeensI’ve been thinking a lot about the eye lately. I’m not sure if it’s due to my recent visit with my sister-in-law (an optometrist), all the news about Ebola living in the eye, or an unfortunate accident which brought my left eye into contact with some hand sanitizer (ouch. I do NOT recommend trying that at home). It could be due to the frequent eye-roll my teen patients give me when discussing risk taking behaviors (“Yeah sure, Dr. Cody, you really know what it’s like to be a teenager.”).

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