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How To: Keep Backpacks from Causing Injury

How much should your child’s backpack weigh, and how can you prevent them from carrying too much? Stacy Border, PT, DPT, St. Claire HealthCare pediatric physical therapist shares her expertise in this blog.

How to Choose a Safe Backpack

How to choose the a safe backpack for back-to-school.

Treating Minor Burns at Home

If you have ever accidentally touched a hot stove or had a mishap around a hair curler, you know how painful a burn can be. “Acting quickly and correctly can help you recover from a minor burn faster and with less pain. The first thing you need to do is identify the type of burn you are dealing with. This can help you treat the burn appropriately,” according to Tyler Elam, DO, St. Claire HealthCare Family Medicine physician.

Treating Insect Stings and Bites At Home

Pesky pests can ruin outdoor fun leaving you itchy and sore. Stinging and biting insects can be harmless to most but can be a serious issue to others. “It is important to know how to properly treat the reaction your body has to insects based on your symptoms,” advises St. Claire HealthCare’s Director of Pharmacy Services, Stephanie Justice, PharmD, BCPS. “Not only can it provide relief from itching or burning pain, but it could even save your life.”

First Aid Kit Essentials for Parents

Every parent knows that when your child is sick or hurt, the last thing you want is to be unprepared. St. Claire Pediatrics provider Tabitha Sims, APRN, gives her recommendations on what you should keep in your first aid kit to be prepared for the next ouch that occurs. “A kit that is tailored to your family’s needs can be a life-saver. My suggestion would be to start with a store bought kit and add tools and medications based on the ages and health concerns of your kids,” says Sims.

Preventing and Detecting Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays is the most important preventable risk factor for skin cancer. Following these tips can help you protect yourself and your family from skin cancer.

Is Stress Hijacking Your Health?

Being pulled in a million directions can sometimes feel like the norm when balancing relationships, work, kids and all the other things life throws your way. Stress can be a common feeling but how you deal with stress may determine how healthy you are.

Get Active, Get Fit, Get Heart Healthy!

One of the best ways to reduce the risk of any heart-related disease is to lead an active lifestyle. Building an exercise plan can help you stay active, track goals and keep you motivated. Does the thought of starting a routine overwhelm you? You don’t have to start running a marathon to be “Heart Healthy”! As little as 30 minutes of light exercise a day can and will benefit your well-being.

What You Need to Know - Hepatitis A

“Hepatitis A is highly contagious, therefore vaccination is key” says William Melahn, MD, SCH Chief Medical Officer. “Vaccination is the best way to prevent infection for you and your family.”

Food Safety Tips

A healthy diet with fruits and vegetables provides important health benefits, but selecting, storing and preparing them is just as important!