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Baby, it’s Cold Outside

Freezing temperatures are upon us here in Portland. Coats as large as the children underneath are coming out of closets. How do you know how many layers to put your child in or if their cold hands are too cold? Here are some tips for dressing for the weather and some warning signs of over-exposure.…

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Travelling in the Season of Joy

Going to visit friends and family is a large part of the blessing of the holiday season, but getting there can be a big detractor. My son pretty much sums up all our feelings about travelling in the holiday season with yells of protest and displeasure as we buckle him into his car seat. Sometimes…

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Holiday Stress

It’s the 2nd week of December and your littles are excitedly counting down the days until holiday break. Meanwhile, your home is disheveled, invitations and events are piling onto the calendar, money is tighter than usual, and you are continually bombarded with holiday activities to do with your family that you know you’re never going…

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Toy Safety in the Holiday Season

December is upon us and many of us are compiling lists of the many littles and not-so-littles in our lives with gift ideas next to the names. Coming up with ideas is hard enough, but how do we know if a gift is safe? The American Academy of Pediatrics has a great article discussing toy…

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Be a Flu Fighter

Kids are back in school, the evening breeze is cool, and your thoughts are turning to Halloween costumes. That can only mean one thing… it’s time for flu vaccines. The flu vaccine is the best way to prevent you and those around you from getting influenza and its potential complications. That’s why it is not…

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The Return of FluMist

    You may have heard cheers this summer when the return of FluMist, the intranasal spray flu vaccine, was announced. This was great news for children who prefer the nose spray to the shot. Cheers were then followed by head-scratching when the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) came out with recommendations that were different…

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Is your car seat installed correctly?

There’s a good chance your car seat might not be protecting your child as well as it should. Here are some sobering facts from Safe Kids Worldwide: Road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States. Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death…

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Should I be worried about measles?

Having active cases of measles in our community is certainly concerning, but for most of us should not be a cause for alarm. Let’s take a look at some reassuring facts. We are fortunate to have a very effective vaccine against measles. According to the CDC, one dose of measles vaccine is about 93% effective…

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Free Parent Training Opportunity

You are invited to participate in a FREE event that teaches easy ways to build resilience in your family. We know that our children and our families face challenges big and small. Research has shown that these can have lasting health effects on our children’s developing brains and bodies. But there’s good news! There are…

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