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News Four Facts About Pediatrics by Nicole White, CPNP

By Nicole White, MS, RN, CPNP
Northwest Clinic – 1600 Divsion Road

Car Seats. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends rear facing car seats until age two. Children are frequently turned around early due to parents misunderstanding of the child seeming “too tall” or because parents are worried about not being able to see their child from the front seat. In several European countries children are kept rear facing until age 4 because of what saftey data shows us. Booster seats should also be used until your child is 57 inches tall and 80 lbs in weight.

Physical Acitivty. Your child should be getting at least one hour of physical activity per day. In Montana during the winter this can become challenging. Some activities that can be done indoors include dance or workout video games, sit up or jumping jack contests, moving cars out of your garage for room to play ball. And don’t forget about sledding, skiing, skating and other fun outdoor activities when the weather permits.

Nose Bleeds. Some children experience frequent nose bleeds during the dry winter or related to allergy symptoms in the summer. Adding a humidifier in the bedroom at night, using nasal saline spray daily in the nose, or adding petroleum jelly inside each nostril can help reduce those bothersome bleeds.

Screen Time. It is recommended that children over the age of 2 have less than 2 hours of screen time per day. So unplug and try fostering other skills your child has.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Nicole, call 406-268-1600. Or walk right in, we are located at 1600 Division Road, across the street from Albertsons NW.

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