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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 16, 2019

School Physical. Wellness Exam. Sports Physical: What's the Difference?

Schools requires school entry physicals and sports physicals. The pediatrician schedules a wellness exam each year for your child. They all seem similar, so why all the evaluations? Each of these assessments have different objectives, and each one serves a different purpose in keeping your child healthy. Find out how — and where to go for each type of exam — in this Healthe-Matters post.

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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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Posted: Jul 2, 2019

‘Flesh-eating Bacteria’ — Ask An Expert Q&A

With Infectious Disease Specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD

Local infectious disease expert Manuel Gordillo, MD, addresses "flesh-eating bacteria" in our area waters and whether it's safe to swim, plus some tips to reduce your risk of bacterial skin infection.

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Posted: Jun 25, 2019

Tummy Time Tips for Baby

Written by SMH Mother-Baby Nurse Sheera Thomas

Not all babies are fans of "tummy time," but it’s important to be consistent with trying it. Baby eventually will enjoy it. Until then, try these easy, practical tips to help baby find the fun in tummy time.

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