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Healthy Children

Parenting philosophies aside, we can all agree that keeping our kids safe and healthy is priority No. 1. What’s likely not getting as much attention is your health, specifically your own mental and physical self-care (you know the saying about oxygen masks…).

 

NPN parents and experts have lots of advice and information about keeping everyone in the family healthy, whether you need help with nutrition, car seat safety, pediatrician visits, mental health concerns or just run-of-the-mill colds.

Your kid will hate some foods, and that's ok
It never ceases to amaze me how my two kids—born from the same womb—can be so different. I don't know why it still surprises me so much, but it always does. In areas where one excels, the other strugg...
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Coat or no? Car seat safety during the cold winter months
We sure know how to bundle up in the Midwest. We don’t let winter stop us from living life and enjoying the parks, zoos and fun outdoor activities. But it’s a lot of work to get all that winter gear o...
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To the moms running on fumes, this is how to refill the tank
Mom, have you ever had the feeling that you are running on fumes? Has your tank ever felt empty already when you were waking up in the morning? Have you gone to bed with your mind racing with all the ...
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Discussions

Do you pull your kids out of school for routine dentist/doctor appointments?

My child's dentist only ever offers midday appointments and they act confused when I always reply 'they're in school during that time'.  This is a wonderful pediatric practice that is frequently mentioned on here and although we love them, I think it is nuts that they expect people to pull their kid...

Recommend your GI doc (preferably with NorthShore)

Mine is no longer practicing and I need an endoscopy and colonoscopy. My doc had some reccs, but looking for other options.    Thanks! ...

Menopause help!

I am 48 pretty confident that I am firmly at the precept of perimenopause.  My mom died over a decade ago and for some reason this is a topic I feel funny approaching my older friends about.  I need help.  I know nothing and I need information, I need to know what to expect.   What are the...

Recommend a surgeon for my MCL repair

My physical therapist thinks I’ve torn my MCL. I need to see an orthopedist to confirm and/or to help identify the source of my pain as PT and rest haven’t been helping (it’s been two years). I live in the city.    Thanks!  ...

Concussion

Does anyone have experience with a severe concussion? My husband had a horrible bike accident and is currently at Good Sam. While cognitively fine, his personality has changed- angry, hasn’t asked about the kids, not speaking to me. This is all so unlike him. Any reassurance this is temporary? I’m w...


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Now is the perfect time to get Zen. (Yes, now.) Here's how.

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