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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: Jul 1, 2017

July 4th Holiday Safety TopTips Video

Keep your holiday focused on friends, family and fun—not a trip to the ER—with these easy safety tips.
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Posted: Jun 29, 2017

Brain Health: Tips to Boost Memory

By SMH Outpatient Care Coordinator Wanda Jackson

Some types of memory loss, like those caused by age and heredity, cannot be changed. But other types can be. Here are some lifestyle tweaks you can make today to enhance your memory and cognition.
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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 19, 2017

Tips for Caring for the Caregiver

By SMH Outpatient Care Coordinator Wanda Jackson

As caregivers, we are often asked to serve as nurse, companion, chef, accountant, driver, personal assistant, and more. Try these tips to carve out some “me” time for yourself; it will enable you to be more effective in your many roles. 

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