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Having trouble finding infant formula? Wondering what substitutes or alternatives are safe for your child? Check out these tips from Dr. Matt Bradshaw of AnMed Health Pediatric Associates to make sure you're caring for your infant safely during the formula supply shortage.

To take a sick day or to soldier on? It can be a tough decision, whether we’re making it for ourselves or for a child. The answer should weigh several considerations: what symptoms are present, what the conditions are like at the office or school and who else will be there. Of course, these considerations take on even greater importance during the COVID-19 pandemic, when a risky choice could spark an outbreak with severe consequences to the health of others. Here are some factors to consider when determining whether a day should be a sick day.

You wake up with a scratchy throat. But what do you do next? Do you reach for hot tea or call a doctor? It depends. If a sore throat is caused by a cold or flu, you may be able to wait it out and treat it at home. If it’s caused by strep throat, however, you’ll need to go to a doctor to get antibiotics. Here are ways to tell the difference between the two, and why those differences are so important. But be careful: It can be difficult to tell a sore throat and strep throat apart, so a visit to a doctor for a definite diagnosis is often the right move.

As kids are getting back into the swing of school and homework, parents and caregivers have a little homework themselves. This time of year is a good time to anticipate children’s annual medical visits, as well as to reinforce healthy habits and prepare for the year ahead. Here is a little homework to set your child up for success – and good health – as they return to school.

As the COVID-19 Delta variant surges, both students and parents may feel worried about how to balance a positive learning experience with overall safety. The following is advice from the experts about simple ways you can keep your child protected and happy. Please remember: COVID-19 brings nearly daily changes. Please keep up with the latest CDC guidelines, as well as suggestions and mandates from your state or local leaders, in terms of masking, vaccinations and social distancing.

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