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How to Encourage Positive Sleep Habits with Young Children

How many times have you awoken in the middle of the night because your child was calling your name, or worse, crying? Unfortunately, it is common for children – especially those with chronic health conditions – to have problems falling and staying asleep. The good news is that there are simple ways to encourage positive sleep habits at a young age so your child can enjoy sound sleep throughout his or her lifetime.

Proper Care and Hygiene of a Residual Limb

Whether you have had an upper or lower extremity amputation, proper care and hygiene of a residual limb is essential to your health and mobility. An infection or breakdown of your skin could lead to further amputation or the inability to use your prosthesis for some time, among other things.  

Consider these tips for daily care of your residual limb:

Concussion Care: Advocate for Your Student-Athlete

As parents we want nothing more than to protect our children, but unfortunately concussions can’t always be prevented. If your child suffers a concussion, you can be their best advocate by educating yourself and insisting on the best treatment options.

1. Educate yourself on concussions.

Guest Blog: Laughing At My Nightmare

Hi there! My name is Shane Burcaw. I’m a 23-year-old Bethlehem native, and have been receiving services from Good Shepherd since I was a toddler, splashing around with my dad in your adaptive swim classes. I’ve also been attending your MDA Clinic with Dr. Patterson, and have received wheelchair and driving evaluations. You could call me a super fan, I guess!

Tips to Help Seniors Enjoy the Outdoors

Staying active while we age is important, and the outdoors offer ample opportunities to exercise, socialize and more. To make the most of your time outdoors, take the following precautions to avoid outdoor fall risks, like uneven, cracked or difficult walking surfaces:

Tips for Healthy Grilling

While grilling is a popular way to cook throughout the summer, proper grilling methods are necessary to keep you and your family healthy this summer season. When foods are grilled incorrectly, cancerous substances may form on the surface of your foods. These substances are called Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) and Heterocyclic Amines (HCAs).  Here are some healthy grilling tips to reduce the damaging effects of these substances:

Fairness for Medical Copayments

multiple copay legislationPennsylvania recently prohibited multiple copayments for licensed physical and occupational therapy services covered under an insured person’s health benefit plan. This is a tremendous win for patients of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and other Pennsylvania providers of physical and occupational therapy.

Safety for Senior Drivers

Although you can become a legal driver at age 16, there is not a designated age at which your driving privileges must end. It’s difficult to decide when to stop driving, because we all age differently and may encounter medical issues that will impact our function.

Summer Nutrition: Picnics and Farmers’ Markets

Summer is a perfect time to throw a picnic! Picnics are great places to enjoy the weather, eat, and relax. However, picnics generally offer a variety of foods that are high in fat and add unwanted weight to our waistline. Here are some tips for healthy eating at picnics:

What Is Neuroplasticity?

NeuroplasticityYears ago, a traumatic injury or neurological event, such as a stroke, brain injury or spinal cord injury that caused loss of function may have been considered a permanent condition. In fact, many patients with paralysis were told they would “never walk again.” Today, neuroplasticity challenges that once foregone conclusion by suggesting that the brain has the ability to “rewire” itself, which can lead to functional return.

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