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2019 Flu Vaccine Season

We are expecting to get shipments of flu vaccine within the next month. We hope to start flu vaccinations for the season at the beginning of October.  We will post updates on this web page once flu vaccines arrive.  We will start scheduling after they have arrived.

Talking to Children about Racial Bias

Racial issues come up in our social interactions regularly.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its policy on racial bias and this article gives some good tips on discussing race and incorporating your family values into that discussion with your children.

Making Your Own Baby Food

Choosing fresh ingredients from your own garden or the farmer’s market for your baby makes the extra work of homemade baby food very rewarding if you have time.  Care must be taken to cleanse and store these meals to avoid causing gastrointestinal infections.  Details are included in this link

Earwax Tips

by Jacob Sanders MS3 University of Missouri School of Medicine Springfield Campus There is no doubt that good hygiene is an important part of good health. But sometimes in our attempt to do something good, we can end up causing a problem. This can certainly be the case when it comes to trying to clean […]

Are All Fish Created Equal?

Are All Fish Created Equal? No, not all fish are created equal in terms of nutrition. Sorry fish. But why are we talking about fish? In addition to high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals, fish is a great source of healthy fats such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) that are essential for a child’s developing brain, nervous […]

Whooping Cough and What You Should Know

Whooping cough is also referred to as pertussis.  Interestingly, pertussis activity peaks during the summer and fall months.  The classic sign of pertussis is a “whooping” sound made at the end of an episode of violent coughing, giving the common name of “whooping cough.” The Chinese name for pertussis is “the 100-day cough,” which describes […]

Core Exercises

Strong trunk muscles are key to all physical activity and are very helpful in preventing sports injury and chronic back pain. The following link gives guidelines and examples of core exercises to strengthen the muscles of the spine, abdomen and pelvis for school age children and teens. Discussing injury prevention and fitness is part of your […]

Lipid screening

Lipid Screening In 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with new recommendations regarding lipid screening and cardiovascular health. This report has taken on new urgency given the current epidemic of childhood obesity with the subsequent increasing risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease in older children and adults. The report […]

Vegetarian Diets for Children

Vegetarian diets are growing in popularity. While they have many health advantages, there are some nutritional risks to avoid. Please see this article from the American Academy of Pediatrics for more details. Check-ups are a great time to review healthy eating goals. Please call (417) 882-1600 to schedule your child’s next visit (every 2-3 months […]

Have a Safe and Fun Fourth of July!

We hope that your family enjoys a safe and fun Fourth of July!  We know fireworks go hand in hand with the 4th of July but did you know that each year thousands of people, most often kids and teens are injured?Unfortunately, fireworks can cause serious injuries to children, including devastating burns and other injuries. More than 3,000 […]