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Helping kids learn remotely

Contributor: Dr. Elise Herman, KVH Pediatrics This school year will be like no other as parents, kids and teachers gear up for education amidst the COVID 19 pandemic. Based on experiences this past Spring, educators know more about distance learning and how to help kids succeed. Parents or other caregivers (grandparents, etc.) will continue to […]

Safe behavior as restrictions ease

Contributor: Dr. Elise Herman, KVH Pediatrics After what has felt like a very long time “sheltering in place” due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are on the verge of easing of some restrictions. Whew! The problem is, of course, that if people do not follow the safety rules of social distancing and wearing masks, cases […]

Caring for sensitive skin during COVID-19

Contributor: Dr. Susan Oldenkamp, KVH Dermatology While much of our community falls into the non-essential workforce during this period of shelter-in-place, some business such as grocery stores remain open to serve the community. As these essential workers follow guidelines to keep their hands and work surfaces sanitized, those with skin issues are likely seeing flare-ups […]

COVID, Kids, and Vaccination

KVH Contributor: Dr. John Merrill-Steskal As the Coronavirus pandemic spreads across the United States and our world, I worry about friends, family, and my community in general. The virus has the potential to be truly devastating, with the potential to cause thousands of deaths, especially among the elderly. Fortunately there is a ray of good […]

How to talk to kids about Coronavirus

Contributor: Dr. Elise Herman, KVH Pediatrics Yes, it’s everywhere, and on everyone’s mind – and that may include your child. Kids hear about Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the news, from their friends and in adults’ conversations, and may be confused or feel anxious. As parents, we want to reassure our kids while giving them age-appropriate and […]

Traditional vs. Electronic Books and Your Child

Contributor: Dr. Elise Herman, KVH Pediatrics Simply put, reading to your child daily is one of the best things you can do as a parent. But does it need to be a traditional (paper) book or is an electronic book pretty much the same experience for your child? There have been studies that suggest reading […]

Positional Plagiocephaly Prevention and Treatment

Contributor: Dr. Elise Herman, KVH Pediatrics When your infant is seen for a Well Child Exam, checking growth and development are the top concerns. Additionally, careful attention should be paid to your young child’s head shape. We are now in the middle of an ‘epidemic’ of head flattening, medically known as positional plagiocephaly, meaning a […]

Let’s talk about vaping

Contributor: Chelsea Newman, PA-C, KVH Family Medicine – Cle Elum The news has recently been inundated with stories of a mysterious illness affecting those who use vaping products. The illness has led to serious lung disease and death in several previously healthy individuals. The CDC and FDA are currently investigating these vaping-linked illnesses and as […]

Collaborative Care

KVH Contributor* Auren O’Connell, DNP, PMHNPKVH Family Medicine – Cle Elum In a medical emergency or when you are not feeling well, one word often comes to mind, “doctor”. According to Merriam-Webster, “The word doctor comes from the Latin word for ‘teacher,’ itself from docere, meaning ‘to teach.’”  Patient education and teaching are not my first […]