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‘To Swab or Not to Swab?’ What is Strep Throat and when should you bring your child to the doctor?

A sore throat is a common complaint in pediatrics. But how common is strep throat? Group A Strep is the…

More than the Baby Blues: When Parents Struggle, Help is Available – Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Postpartum Mood Disorders, are common and can impact the health of parents and family. It is estimated that one in…

Building Resilience to Stress in our Kids!

Life can be stressful – school, extracurriculars, goals, jobs, and keeping it all balanced for your entire family! Stress is…

It’s that time of year again, flu season!

While the weather has still been warm and sunny, we are already seeing cases of the influenza virus in our…

Social Media and Internet Safety:

Our children have grown up with access to TV, video games, social media, texting etc. Because they’ve been surrounded by…

Braces-friendly Halloween Recipes

Halloween is around the corner, and Families First Orthodontics wants to provide you with a treat of our own! Many…

Should I vaccinate my young child against COVID-19?

On June 17 th , 2022, the FDA approved COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months old. 18…

Sick Season and Fevers

With children back in school, sick season has begun. With sick season, comes fevers. One of the most common concerns…

Depression: What is it and how can I help my child?

What is Depression? Depression is defined by the National Institute on Mental Health as a serious and treatable condition that…

School Avoidance: Intervention Strategies for Parents

School attendance can be an exciting time for children and teens with opportunities to develop intellectually, socially, and physically. But…

Parenting Strategies for Tweens and Teens

Family life and parenthood can be a source of great joy. And yet, despite our best efforts to raise great…

Positive Parenting Tips: Building Healthy Relationships and Raising Resilient Children

Family life and parenthood can be a source of great joy. However, despite our best efforts to raise great children,…

What to Expect in Behavioral Health Therapy

  Mental health matters. It’s connected to nearly all facets of life – our relationships, physical well-being, and capacity to…

Molluscum Contagiosum

Have you noticed small, pink or skin-colored, pearly bumps on your child’s face, trunk, arms, or legs? You are not…

Pushing out the Facts on Constipation

While most of us do not enjoy talking about it – everyone poops! Almost everyone has also experienced constipation at…

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Shark Teeth

Did you know a shark can have up to 35,000 teeth during its life? That’s A LOT of teeth! How…

Squirrel house

Finding Health in Nature

  Several years ago, I watched my daughter and nephew create an elaborate “squirrel house” for the black and grey…

Talking about our feelings

Talking about our feelings, why do we do it?

  Have you ever stubbed your toe, hard?  And then gotten angry? Maybe yelled at the person who left the…

To the Senior Class of 2022

Photo By: Jenifer Miller Photography  Dear Seniors, We owe you an apology.  I’m sorry for so many things happening in…

autism spectrum disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder

The autism spectrum is very wide.  Some kids have noticeable issues, while in others the symptoms might be quite mild. …

allergies vs cold

Allergies vs The Common Cold: How to Tell the Difference

    Welcome to allergy season! One of the most common symptoms caused by allergies is allergic rhinitis. Rhinitis is…

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Vomiting. Diarrhea. Fever. Oh my!

    Have I made anyone uncomfortable yet? Sometimes just thinking of these things can make someone sick; have you…

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Congenital Tear Duct Obstruction (Dacryostenosis)

A common situation encountered by parents with newborns is the presence of eye discharge.  This can certainly be concerning and…

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Helping Our Kids Understand Their Emotions’

The moment a baby is born every person in the room falls silent waiting in anticipation for that first cry…

2022 Similac Formula Recall

Click Learn More to Watch 2022 Similac Formula Recall Video …

Importance of Adequate Sleep for Adolescents - Families First Pediatrics - Mental Health - Utah

The Importance of Adequate Sleep for Adolescents

  Sleep is considered one of the three pillars of a healthy lifestyle, with the others being nutrition and exercise….

Families First Pediatric Mental Health Center, South Jordan, Utah

Divorce and Children

  Divorce can be a very stressful time for all members of a family. In many cases, it can be…

What is RSV and why do we care?

This year, Covid has not been the only virus on the news. RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) has been featured as…

Prenting Childhood Tooth Decay - Family First Pediatric Dentistry - Rivertion, Utah

Childhood Tooth Decay: What Causes it and How to Prevent it

Tooth decay is the most chronic disease among children.  The effects of dental decay on children are far reaching.  Oral…

cavities - tooth decay and how to prevent it Families First Pediatric Dental, Bluffdale, Utah

How do Cavities REALLY form? The (Gross) Truth

Many children have heard the phrase from their parents or dentist, “you have to brush to get all those sugar…

Holiday Travel with Young Children - Families First Pediatrics - Riverton, Utah

Surviving Holiday Travel with Young Children

  This time of year brings many get togethers and festivities, which is fun but can present challenges when traveling…

Breathe Therapy - Families First Pediatrics Counseling Services

Just Breathe

Using Deep Breathing as a Coping Skill for Healthier Emotions Life is a mixture of ups and downs and in-betweens….

Helping Teens Cope with Academic Stress - Families First Pediatrics, Riverton, Utah

Helping Teens Cope with Academic Stress

  There is so much excitement just around the corner: holidays, school breaks, and parties; but with all the fun…

Dangers of Social Media Use Among Preteen and Teenage Girls

Understanding Dangers of Social Media Use Among Preteen and Teenage Girls

I received my first Kodak camera as a preteen and was thrilled that I could take my own photos. This…

Halloween Trick or Treat Safety Tips from Families First Pediatrics in Utah

Halloween – Trick or Treat Safely

Halloween is almost here, and surely is one of children’s (and parent’s) favorite evenings. After all, who doesn’t like dressing…

Should I Really Take My Child To The Orthodontist At Age 7?

  EARLY TREATMENT In the past, children weren’t sent to the orthodontist until all of their permanent teeth were in. …

Boy with fever and flu

Remember There’s Flu too!

  Most pediatricians in the country are seeing more positive COVID cases in their offices due to the delta variant…

Healthy Snacks, Healthy Teeth

  “My kid won’t eat anything at mealtime, so I have to give him snacks all the time, is that…

COVID-19, the Delta Variant, Vaccinations and Kids

COVID-19, the Delta Variant, Vaccinations, and Kids: What we know, what we don’t know, and what we can do to protect our kids.

  This has been a tough 18 months. Just when we think the clouds are starting to clear, the storm…

Languages of Love

How Does My Child Perceive Love?

  As a mother, I try to show my children how much I love them. Saying “I love you”, making…

Utah Summer Water Fun - Safety Tips for Parents

5 Water Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe and Cool This Summer

  If your kids are like my kids, they LOVE the water. It takes extra caution and thoughtfulness to keep…

Fun in the Sun: Keeping Kids Safe Near Water this Summer

  When my oldest daughter was approximately 18 months old, she nearly drowned in my parents’ pool.  I was sitting…

Resiliency

How Do We Help Kids Develop Resiliency?

  If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that the only constant in life is change.  We have…

There’s No Crying in Baseball!

  In an iconic sports movie and childhood favorite 1992 film, “A League of Their Own,” Tom Hanks plays the…

Solid Food

Introducing Baby to Solid Food

  Taking that first bite of solid food is a big and exciting milestone for parents and their little one….

Is Melatonin Safe for Kids

Is Melatonin Safe for Kids?

Whether you are a first time parent or more seasoned in the game we call kid’s health, knowing what medication…

Empathy

Helping Empathy to Grow

The definition of empathy can really be as simple or as scientifically and neuro-psychologically difficult as a specific audience needs…

Kids Fun in the Sun - Surfing

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Sunshine  (with a Side of Sunscreen)

The weather is warming up and the days are getting longer.  After a year of quarantine and limitations, few things…

Joy In Parenting

Finding the Joy in Parenting

Parenting is possibly the most rewarding and simultaneously most overwhelming of jobs.  Daily efforts of teaching, training, correcting, nursing wounds…

Vaccines Save Lives

Summer Vacation? Think Immunizations – Keep Your Family Safe with Vaccinations

Summer is in the air, and while children are focused on time off and warmer weather, not many parents are…

Adolescents and Balancing Relationships with Their Independence

Adolescents and Balancing Relationships with Their Independence

  The teen years have a bad rap, normalized for arguing, fighting, and disrespectful behaviors. This is hard on families,…

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Academics and Mental Health

  Watching our youth this past year complete their school from home and online has given us an opportunity to…

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Managing Big Emotions in Little Kids

  Sometimes kids have big emotions. And that is okay. Anger, sadness, and worry are an integral part of the…

Children's Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness

2020 has been one of the hardest years we have had to face as a human race, a country, a…

Surviving Colic - What is Colic - Families First Pediatrics in Utah

Surviving Colic

Colic. Rarely have five letters elicited such torture. There are millions of parents with PTSD from having had a child…

COVID-19 Updates/Policies

As you have come to expect, Families First Pediatrics continues to be committed to providing the best possible healthcare for…

Symptoms of childhood depression

10 Symptoms of Childhood Depression Parents Need To Know

I see patients of all ages for depression, but that is not always why THEY think they are coming to…

Coronavirus General Overview

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Concern over the coronavirus (also called coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19) is top of mind for everyone. The…

Healthy Sleep Habits for Kids and Babies from Families First Pediatrics in Utah

Creating Healthy Sleep Habits For Your Kids

As a parent, sleep loss is part of your life. But for your kids, losing sleep can seriously damage their…

Signs Your Child May Be Getting Bullied - Ffepeds.com

Signs Your Child May Be Getting Bullied

No parent wants to find out their child is being bullied. Worrying about your child’s safety is perfectly understandable, since…

Autism Council of Utah

Autism Resources

This is a great resource for all parents who are looking for more info and resources for autism and child…

Mental Health and Teens: What to Watch For?

Mental Health and Teens

Whether one wants to call it the terrific or terrible teens, the truth is adolescence can be a very trying…

Healthy Cooking and Meal Tips for Your Family - Ffpeds.com

Healthy Cooking and Meals Tips

Great link to ideas for healthy cooking and meals based on the Choose My Plate guidelines (aka food guide pyramid)….

Healthy Eating and Habits for Kids - Families First Pediatrics in Utah

Healthy Breakfast Tips for Kids

Ever feel like you’re rushing out the door to get the kids to school? Yea, us neither…;) Here some great…

Healthy Eating and Habits for Kids - Families First Pediatrics in Utah

Healthy Eating & Habits for Kids

Great article designed for parents to help promote healthy eating and habits in kids. Kids Eat Right www.eatright.org your source…

Halloween Safety Tips for Families First Pediatrics

Halloween Safety Tips

Are Your Kids Excited for Halloween? Are you getting excited for Halloween??? Us too!! If you are coming in this…