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As summer approaches, what are some tips to keep my children healthy and safe?
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William Allen, MD answered:
Summer is a great time in the Gallatin Valley to be outside and active. From hiking and camping to being on the water to hanging out with the family at home, this season is a wonderful time. It is also a time that can have unique risks for children.

Living at high altitude, the sun can be intense. Sunscreen should be applied every couple of hours, and after swimming or sweating. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Infants down to two months of age can have sunscreen applied to small areas of exposed skin such as the face or hands but it is better to use hats and protective clothing and avoid any direct sun exposure. Remember to have plenty of water to drink. Children are not always the best at drinking enough, so you may have to remind them.

Summer is time for swimming. Drowning remains one of the leading causes of death in children. It is important to have safety in mind when you are on the water with your children. Get swimming lessons for your children, but even if they know how to swim, an adult should be supervising at all times. Life jackets should be used when boating. I would also encourage you to learn CPR – you just might save a life some day!

Around the neighborhood, riding bicycles is a favorite activity. Traumatic brain injury from falls can be devastating. Children should always use helmets when riding bicycles or skateboarding. Buy a helmet that your child will want to wear – make certain that it fits well and that the straps are not too loose.
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AS SUMMER APPROACHES, WHAT ARE SOME TIPS TO KEEP MY CHILDREN HEALTHY AND SAFE?
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William Allen, MD
WILLIAM ALLEN, MD ANSWERED:
Summer is a great time in the Gallatin Valley to be outside and active. From hiking and camping to being on the water to hanging out with the family at home, this season is a wonderful time. It is also a time that can have unique risks for children. Living at high altitude, the sun can be intense. Sunscreen should be applied every couple of hours, and after swimming or sweating. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Infants...
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I’VE HEARD ABOUT ALTERNATIVE VACCINATION SCHEDULES, WOULD THAT BE OKAY FOR MY CHILD?
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Angie Ostrowski, MD
ANGIE OSTROWSKI, MD ANSWERED:
Pediatricians recommend vaccinating your children according to the immunization schedule endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). This is a widely utilized and extensively studied vaccine schedule, both in regards to effectiveness and safety of vaccines. In addition, the CDC monitors thousands of patients in a national registry, ensuring close tracking of vaccine side effects.
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HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT FORMULA IS BEST FOR A CHILD WHO SUFFERS FROM CONSTIPATION AND COLIC AND BREAST MILK DOESN'T SEEM TO HELP?
- nayeli
Michael Blake, MD, PhD
MICHAEL BLAKE, MD, PHD ANSWERED:
There are very few reasons to recommend formula over breast milk. If you feel your baby suffers from constipation or colic due to your breast milk, you should first review your diet. Most often there is something that you could change or eliminate in your diet that would help with these symptoms. If you eat a food that gives you gas, it will likely give your baby gas and make him uncomfortable and fussy. Moreover, there are some foods that you...
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HOW WOULD YOU RECOMMEND FINDING A BABYSITTER OR NANNY FOR MY 8 MONTH OLD SON?
- Emily
ANSWERED:
Bozeman Deaconess Hospital does not sponsor or recommend nanny or babysitting agencies. However, each month we offer a Supersitter class, a collaboration between Child Care Connections and Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. The class is designed to teach youth the fundamentals of babysitting. Graduates of the class are registered with Child Care Connections. Child Care Connections and Bozeman Deaconess Hospital do not attempt to measure or ensure the quality of care given by these sitters. It is the responsibility of the caregiver to choose a sitter who meets...
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DO ANY OF YOU SPECIALIZE OR TAKE A PARTICULAR INTEREST IN ADHD? I AM LOOKING FOR A NEW PEDIATRICIAN FOR MY SON.THANKS
- Wendy
ANSWERED:
According to Judy Douglas, RN, clinical nurse manager, all pediatricians in this practice take interest in treating children with ADHD.
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