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At First Sight Articles,Baby,Health

At First Sight Testing infants’ eyesight—long before they can speak about what they see—can prevent life-long vision problems. Dr. Sarah Kuipers, an optometrist at Independent Optical in Rapid City, is one of several Black Hills-area specialists who participate in a national program called InfantSEE®. The program provides a one-time, no-cost eye and vision assessment for babies six to 12 months old. There are no qualifying requirements, and participating doctors are not compensated in any way; they agree to be part of the program because they understand the value of early diagnosis and treatment of problems related to vision and the… Read More >>

Stronger than MG Articles,Child,Community,Health,Real Black Hills Families

“A Princess.” If you ask 5-and-a-half-year-old Spearfish resident Hattie Ewert what she wants to be, that is what she would tell you. The Ewert family keeps life as normal as possible for Hattie. She is currently playing soccer, loves to dance and tries to keep up with her two older brothers, all while pursuing her dream of becoming a princess. Stronger than MG Hattie Ewert was diagnosed at 2-and-a-half years old with Myasthenia Gravis – which affects an estimated 20 out of 100,000 people in the United States. MG – also known as the “snowflake disorder” because no two patients experience… Read More >>

5 Useful Tips to Reduce Waste Articles,Food

5 Useful Tips to Reduce Waste Clay Dykstra, general manager of the locally-owned Good Earth Natural Foods in Spearfish, is passionate about using food wisely and offered some tips and common sense guidelines to keep food out of the landfill. Cook your own meals, he said, experiment with food and have fun. “Effort in it means you’ll use the leftovers more wisely. Not only is it a time saver to eat leftovers, it’s also a money saver because you’re not cooking for just tonight, but tomorrow’s lunch.” Clay said much of the nation’s food waste is at the retail level,… Read More >>

Tips for Teeth Safety and Health Articles,Health

  Help them drink enough water! By giving your child water, you can help them repel the cavities that sugar-laden drinks such as juice and soda can foster.   Feed them healthy, summer snacks such as cheese sticks, veggie sticks, fresh fruit and trail mix with nuts and dried fruits. It will give them the energy they need and keep their teeth safe at the same time.   Get a protective mouth guard for your child if they are active in sports.   In an emergency, seek care immediately. If your child breaks a tooth or has pain in their… Read More >>

Nurses of Excellence Articles,Community

A nurse, by definition, is someone who is trained to care for sick or injured people (Merriam-Webster). But they are so much more than the people who work long hours and heal us up. Nurses see us when we are in need of help and they are the ones who are there with open arms. Earlier this year, we had asked you – our reader – to nominate the nurses you know that have stood out against the rest for recognition in the summer issue of Black Hills Parent. With an outpouring response, we sorted our way through many support… Read More >>