Posted by Dr. Ann Marie Rogers on Jun 5, 2018 9:08:36 AM

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. Very few foods naturally contain vitamin D, with the exception of fatty fish. Most types of milk and some breakfast cereals are fortified with this vitamin. Synthesis in the skin is the major source of the vitamin.

The vitamin D synthesized in the dermis (the thick layer of living tissue below the epidermis) or obtained from the diet is biologically inactive and requires conversion to an active metabolite, which the body does nicely.

Vitamin D, in its active form, has a significant role, as it has an interrelationship with calcium and bone metabolism. Severe deficiency can cause Ricketts in children and osteomalacia (softening of the bones) in children and adults.

Subclinical vitamin D deficiency (levels below 20-25 ng/ml) can lead to the development of osteoporosis and an increase risk of fractures and falls in adults.

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Topics: vitamin D, sunscreen

When is Your Child's Fever Serious?

Posted by Ryan Schoonover, CPNP & Ann Marie Rogers, MD on Apr 30, 2018 12:10:06 PM

It seems that this time of year medical providers frequently receive questions and concerns about fevers.  If a child has a fever, parents feel like they need to rush them to the office, or, if after hours, to the ER to have them evaluated, which may or may not be the correct course of action, nor even necessary. 

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Topics: Fever

Choosing the Right Pediatrician for Your New Baby

Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Apr 23, 2018 2:08:20 PM

Choosing the right pediatrician for your new baby is an important decision. 

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Topics: Prenatal Orientation

Do You Know How Children's Vaccines Work?

Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Apr 22, 2018 1:30:26 PM

Childhood immunizations are one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children and teens from potentially harmful diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious and can require hospitalization, or even be deadly, especially in infants and young children.

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Topics: Immunizations, children's vaccines

Is Your Child a Picky Eater?

Posted by Dr. Ann Marie Rogers on Jan 29, 2018 8:10:00 AM

Parents often express concern about their child being a “picky eater”. This is most common in the toddler and preschool years.     picky eater-430026-edited.jpg

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Topics: Nutrition

Upper Respiratory Infections Increase in Winter

Posted by Dr. Ann Marie Rogers on Dec 11, 2017 8:18:00 AM

Do you ever wonder why we get so many upper respiratory infections in the winter?

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Topics: upper respiratory infections, croup, influenza


Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Oct 12, 2017 11:02:00 AM

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). 

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Topics: Halloween safety

Backpack Safety and Your Child

Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Oct 11, 2017 9:43:15 AM

Does your child's backpack feel like 40 pounds of rocks? Have you've noticed your child struggling to put it on, bending forward while carrying it, or complaining of tingling or numbness.

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Topics: Backpack safety

Do You Know the Signs of Asthma in Children?

Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Sep 22, 2017 1:40:46 PM

Asthma is a serious disease involving the airways in the lungs. These airways, or bronchial tubes, allow air to come in and out of the lungs.

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Topics: symptoms of asthma in children

School Bus Safety

Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Sep 7, 2017 2:26:57 PM

It's that time of year. Fall is upon us and thousands of children are heading back to school, many on school buses. While riding a bus to school is safer than riding in the family vehicle or walking, you may be wondering how to ensure the safest ride for your children.

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Topics: school bus safety