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Posted: Jul 5, 2017

What to Know about Jaundice in Infants

BY SMH MOTHER-BABY NURSE LEAH BROWN, RN

1. What is jaundice?

Two-thirds of newborn babies will get jaundice in the first week following their birth. That can be a scary thought for new parents. Jaundice is caused when an infant has too much of bilirubin in his/her blood, so the body deposits it into the child’s skin and mucous membranes, causing a yellow tinge to his/her skin or whites of the eyes; bilirubin is the waste product of the breakdown of red blood cells. In most cases, infant jaundice is mild and harmless, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). But in unusual situations, the bilirubin level can get very high and could cause brain damage, making it important to monitor the levels.
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Posted: Jun 22, 2017

Tips to Avoid Common Beach Safety Hazards

By SMH Trauma Coordinator Leann Putney

A trip to the beach should be fun, but there are some safety risks to consider. Follow these tips to avoid injury and ensure your beach days are always fun.

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Posted: Jun 5, 2017

Flying? Stay Healthy with These Tips

Does your family have big plans for spring break? If your getaway includes air travel, be sure to check out these tips to help keep airport/airplane germs at bay.

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Posted: May 5, 2017

Zika Virus: Know the Facts this Summer

As summer temperatures and rains continue to increase, you'll likely be hearing talk again about the Zika virus—which can be contracted from a mosquito and can have potentially devastating effects on unborn babies. Here in Florida, where the mosquito is often jokingly called the state bird, many of us mama’s are concerned about Zika. Knowing the facts about Zika and taking a few easy steps can reduce your risk and ease your worries a lot.
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Posted: Mar 20, 2017

What’s Causing My Child’s Eczema?

Eczema is a common dermatological condition that can cause dry, red, itchy, and even painful, skin. According to the National Eczema Association, common eczema triggers in children include:
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