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This year the holidays are going to be a little different than what we are used to. That is why we at Pacific Integrative Pediatric Health have put together some activity pages and cards to get you and your familyREAD MORE

As we move into the darker and longer nights of December, we invite you to step out and help your commUNITY. There are simple and yet powerful ways to pull together, helping our neighbors and friends to get through these challenging times. Simple and safe acts of kindness and generosity go a very long way to lift the spirits out of the night and into the light.

Thanksgiving has previously been a time when families would get together to celebrate special meals and traditions to recognize the abundance of the year. This year may be a lot different for many of us. That is why it is especially important to make this Thanksgiving stand out in unique ways.

Vaccines can be scary for many parents, and of course for children. There are many techniques to help make them more tolerable depending on the age and development of the child, and we are here to help!

Veteran’s Day is traditionally set aside as a day to remember and celebrate our Veterans.  This year we would also like to celebrate the military families that support their active-duty members.  As a military wife for 28 years, I understandREAD MORE

We at PIPH wanted to share some ideas for making this a fun, safe, and healthy Halloween at home with your children. How about celebrating this year by making fun treats together with your family? Let them be part of the creative process. Even your very young children can be involved. You may want to start by having them draw and color some pictures of spooky, fun food ideas. Look around your kitchen and see what you have available on hand. If your child has food sensitivities or allergies you can still make safe, healthy and fun treats that are dairy, egg, and gluten free. It takes some planning but include your children in the shopping for the ingredients and be creative.

A well functioning immune system will improve a child’s ability to fight infections and stay healthy. That’s common sense, for sure. Equally important, though, is ensuring that a young person’s immune system is balanced to help manage longer-term health issues,READ MORE

Vaccines help provide immunity from selected infections before your child is exposed to many potentially life-threatening diseases. After a baby is first born, antibodies from the mother that were shared through the placenta stay active, but only for the first few months of the baby’s life. And, while newborn babies are born with immune systems that can fight against some infections, there are diseases for which their immature immune systems can’t easily amount an adequate defense.

Parents aren’t always aware of signs of stress in children. They may present as moodiness, irritability, and sleep problems including nightmares. Changes in appetite, stomach aches, diarrhea, and hyperactivity are common symptoms.

Everyone and their mother has their own idea of what to eat when you’re pregnant. Between bizarre food cravings, nausea, and all the advice getting thrown around, it can be difficult to know what your body needs during this time. READ MORE