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Posted: Sep 17, 2019

Look for these Signs that 'Growing Pains' are Something More

With First Physicians Group Pediatrician Deirdre Myers, MD

When is pediatric joint pain more than just "growing pains" and when should parents worry? Lakewood Ranch-FPG pediatrician Deirdre Myers, MD, weighs in. 

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Posted: Aug 27, 2019

Allergies & EpiPens: What You Need to Know

Written by SMH Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Resident Alexandra Carlson, PharmD

Not all allergic reactions are treated in the same way, and it’s important to understand the difference in symptoms and treatments. Severe reactions with anaphylaxis require immediate treatment with an epinephrine injector. Learn what to do and what not to do with an EpiPen or generic injector.

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Posted: Aug 19, 2019

Postpartum Red Flags You Should Never Ignore

Written by Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Dr. Washington Hill

Many maternal deaths related to childbirth complications occur after mom and baby have gone home from the hospital. Women who recently have given birth are at increased risk for a range of health problems. If you know someone who’s had a baby in the last 6 weeks — or just had one yourself — look for these medical red flags.

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Posted: Jul 30, 2019

Breastfeeding Wisdom for New Moms & Moms-to-Be

Written by SMH Lactation Specialist Sheera Thomas, RN

The transition to becoming a mother is often accompanied by feelings of overwhelming joy — and overwhelming uncertainty. To help ease some of that uncertainty, we’ve put together a roundup of tips, facts and proven wisdom from Sarasota Memorial lactation specialist Sheera Thomas, RN. 

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Posted: Jul 9, 2019

Helping Kids Cope with Loss

Written by SMH Palliative Care Medical Director Dr. Joelle Vlahakis

Whether it be the loss of a beloved pet, the loss of a friend who moves away, the broken heart of a teenager or the loss of a grandparent who has passed away, grief is very real for children and should be acknowledged. Parents feel obligated to act as guides for children, but when confronting a significant loss, it can be best to follow the child’s lead instead. Learn what grief can look like in children — beyond tears and sadness — and use these tips to help them cope with loss and death. 

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