Caring for Kids…at Billings Clinic

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The 5210 Formula

5210 photo blog

Nope, it’s not a zip code. 5210 is a basic formula to help kids achieve and maintain a healthy weight.  This is a great guide for healthy living but is most effective if the whole family makes an effort to commit to healthy changes.  No fair pushing apples on the kids while you eat Twinkies! … continue reading

The talk, yes that talk

The talk

One of the most uncomfortable conversations we’ll have with our kids is the old “Birds and the Bees” talk.  Most parents are usually caught off guard by an inquisitive preschooler asking, “Where do babies come from?” The response involves a nervous, flushed parent carefully choosing words that include, “when two people love each other….” Most … continue reading

Understanding MS in children

Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune condition that affects the central nervous system (brain & spinal cord).  The diagnosis is made clinically, meaning that there is no simple test to determine if your child has MS.  Pediatric MS affects girls more than boys.  It is very rare, impacting 1-2 out of every 100,000 children.  In … continue reading

Heart Month: Caring for kids with congenital heart disease

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A visit to any specialist for your child can be scary.  Although most children are pretty healthy, sometimes a parent’s worst fears can come true and they will learn that their child has a complex and chronic disease, such as congenital heart disease.  Congenital heart disease simply means heart disease that your child was born … continue reading

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