Health Topics

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Children's Health (Pediatrics)

Pediatric medicine provides expert care for common problems to the most complex situations from birth through the teen years.

Classes & Events

Baby Café

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
09/26/2018
9-11 a.m.

Baby Café

Prenatal & Parenting

Mankato, MN
09/27/2018
12:30-2:30 p.m.
Mankato, MN
10/03/2018
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Madison Lake, MN
10/06/2018
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Baby Café Grand Opening and More

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
10/10/2018
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Eau Claire, WI
10/13/2018
10 a.m.-noon

Breastfeeding Your Baby

Prenatal & Parenting

New Prague, MN
10/15/2018
6-7:30 p.m.

Childbirth Education

Prenatal & Parenting

Fairmont, MN
11/05/2018
7-9 p.m.

In The News

New children’s center to open July 2 in Mankato

Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine services moving to new location.

June 29, 2018
Reach Out and Read Literacy Program introduced in Mankato

Getting books from health care providers will soon be a routine part of regular pediatric checkups.

December 5, 2017

From The Blog

Parenting a child, teen with ADHD

Parenting a child or teen with ADHD can be difficult. However, behavioral parent training — a technique that uses positive reinforcement — can help.

Janice Schreier MSW By Janice Schreier September 24, 2018

HPV immunization: Who can benefit?

Each year, around 14 million people in the U.S. are infected with human papillomavirus, or HPV. Most will never know it. Learn how to protect your family.

September 18, 2018

Are your kids ready to go back to school?

It's time for the back-to-school countdown. In addition to school supplies and clothes, make sure your child's health needs are addressed, too.

August 1, 2018

Q&A: The science behind weird body reactions

Ever wonder why your fingers wrinkle in water? Our bodies do some rather strange and unusual things. Find out science behind them.

Amy Rantala, M.D. By Amy Rantala July 27, 2018

Can children develop Type 2 diabetes?

Over the past 15 years, Type 2 diabetes has been on the rise, especially in children. Get the risk factors, and learn steps to take to prevent your child from developing it.

Anne Bauch, R.D. By Anne Bauch July 18, 2018

Are stretch marks normal for teens?

Teens face many struggles navigating through growing up. Some can be difficult to accept, especially when it comes to body changes and image. Stretch marks are common, but can be treated.

July 9, 2018

What's up with Wabi?

There is something special about Camp Wabi, a camp designed specifically to help young people struggling with weight. Campers and counselors share what's up with Wabi.

June 8, 2018

Breaking the adverse childhood experiences cycle

The early years in a child’s life have a significant effect on his or her future learning, behavior and well-being. Adverse childhood experiences, known as ACEs, create toxic levels of stress that can harm brain development.

June 1, 2018

Overcoming adverse childhood experiences

Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are negative events in a child’s life that can have lasting effects on health and well-being. There are multiple ways to build and strengthen a child’s resilience and help lessen the consequences of ACEs.

May 21, 2018

Going all out to ease young patient's surgical fears

Despite some fluctuating oxygen levels at birth, Lauren Hoel went home shortly after her birth in November 2011. But four days later, when her parents brought her in for a routine well-baby visit, they requested Lauren's oxygen levels be retested.

May 18, 2018

Juuling and teenagers: Cause for concern?

Your 15-year-old son is getting a ride home from school with one of his friends. His buddy pulls out a device that looks like a USB flash drive. But it isn’t a computer device at all. It’s a Juul, a trendy vaping device among teenagers and young adults, and he asks your son if he is interested in trying it.

Joel Cassingham MD By Joel Cassingham May 11, 2018

Q&A: Constipation in children

Constipation can cause issues with bowel movements in as many as 30 percent of children. It’s a common concern for many parents. Most often, constipation affects preschool-age children but can also occur in older children.

Jennifer Marr DNP By Jennifer Marr May 1, 2018