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What is the right care when my child gets ill today?

As soon as a child is not feeling well, parents begin to think of ways to alleviate symptoms and, ultimately, help their child’s symptoms resolve.

Kylee Anglemyer, N.P. By Kylee Anglemyer December 27, 2016

Are video games and screens another addiction?

In our increasingly digitalized world, where most of us and even our children own electronic devices with screens, many parents and adults worry about the impact of screen use for themselves and their children. 

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham November 15, 2016

5 sneaky Halloween costume health concerns

Halloween fun all starts with a great costume. However, parents often make a few common mistakes when choosing their child’s costume. At Mayo Clinic Health System, we really want everyone to have a safe and fun Halloween night. Parents can help their children stay safe and avoid a hospital visit by following a few simple rules when choosing costumes. 

Nicholas Cooley MD By Nicholas Cooley October 28, 2016

College students and depression

As college students returned or entered college this fall, the important issue of anxiety and depression is a discussion that parents, college students and professionals who work with students do not want to forget.

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham October 13, 2016

Are backpacks hurting your kids' backs?

The backpack is as much as a part of school life as homework. Kids use backpacks to carry everything they need. Unfortunately, the weight of everything they need stuffed into an improperly worn backpack may lead to sore joints and muscles.

Michelle Rein MD By Michelle Rein September 22, 2016

Tips to prevent your kids from getting car sick

Packing up the kids for a road trip can be difficult. Making sure they are stocked with things to do to keep them occupied can be a tough battle on its own. If car sickness, a common type of motion sickness, is thrown into the equation, road trips can be even more of a struggle.

Jodi Breska MD By Jodi Breska July 26, 2016

Go play outside this summer, but be safe about it

Summertime means lots of outdoor time. No one wants warm weather fun to end due to an illness or injury. Here’s some advice to help you and your family stay healthy and stay out of Urgent Care, Express Care and the Emergency Department.

Patrick McGuire MD By Patrick McGuire June 8, 2016

Some answers to your questions about bullying

Questions about bullying are pretty universal, but what about answers? Well, they are a little more complex.

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham April 26, 2016

Expand their food horizons: Get your kids in the kitchen

Learn how getting kids in the kitchen can also get them to try new things.

April 11, 2016

Helping children feel safe

In the aftermath of gun violence in schools in the last decade, many parents are asking “How do I help my child feel safe?” or “How do I reassure myself that my child is safe?”

Jennifer Wickham, L.P.C. By Jennifer Wickham February 12, 2016

Do ear infections always need to be treated with antibiotics?

I see many parents bring their children in to Express Care with ear infections and request antibiotics, but sometimes antibiotics aren’t the right choice. Most ear infections cure themselves without the help of antibiotics. Read more to learn about symptoms and home remedies.

Munoz Leanna 2011 By Leanna Munoz February 5, 2016

Help! I think my teenager is cutting

What are the signs and symptoms that someone you love might be "cutting"? And what can you do?

Filza Hussain, M.D. By Filza Hussain January 8, 2016