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Posted: May 7, 2019

Safety Tips for Summer Celebrations

By SMH Trauma Coordinator Leeann Putney

Do your summer plans include boating, barbecues or fireworks? Here are a few tips to keep your family safe—and out of the ER.

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Posted: May 2, 2019

Cool Ways to Protect Baby from Bites & Burns

Written by SMH Mother-Baby Nurse Leah Brown

Summertime in Florida means it’s not just hot and humid, but it’s buggy too! This fun combination presents a challenge when you have young children. Here are some tips for protecting baby from disease-carrying blood-suckers—like mosquitoes, biting flies, ticks—and keeping them cool.

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Posted: Apr 23, 2019

HPV Vaccine ~ What Parents Need to Know

With First Physicians Group Pediatrician Jose Tavarez, MD

We spoke with pediatrician Dr. Jose Tavarez to get some answers about the HPV vaccine, who needs it and why. Although the US has offered human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations since 2006, misconceptions and misinformation persist. Check out Dr. Tavarez's Q&A to get the facts.

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Posted: Apr 16, 2019

Relief for New & Pregnant Moms

Written by SMH Physical Therapist Kristi Kliebert

Pregnancy brings about many wondrous changes in a woman’s body — some exciting and others not so much. Sometimes, there’s just no relief for pregnancy-related issues. But thankfully, there is a way to prevent or remedy urinary incontinence during pregnancy and after birth.

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Posted: Apr 2, 2019

Chickenpox Parties: Should You Celebrate?

Written by SMH Digital Content Editor Ann Key

Before the US began vaccinating kids against chickenpox, well-intentioned parents of the '70's and '80s exposed children to the virus through so-called “chickenpox parties.” There’s been a resurgence of pox parties in recent years as some parents opt for the “natural exposure,” rather than having a child vaccinated against the viral infection. Pediatrician Jose Tavarez, MD, weighs in on whether pox parties are a safe alternative to the chickenpox vaccine.

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