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Family Nurse Practitioner Jen Scott, ARNP-C, treats patients of all ages and has a special interest in cardiac care. 

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Shake Those Hips!

When it comes to your body, aches and pains can really throw you for a loop! One common complaint is hip, knee and shoulder pain, at least in MHP Orthopaedic Surgeon Sreedhar Somisetty, MD’s, office! Some may think replacing those joints will fix all; however, Dr. Somisetty likes to remind patients that it’s not a race to the finish line and taking baby steps will get you on the road to recovery!

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Published Feb 16, 2017

Buckle Up

As if there aren’t enough decisions to make as a parent or caregiver, the wonderful world of car seat shopping can be nothing short of overwhelming. What brand do I choose? Should I go with a convertible version or change it up each time my child outgrows their current one? Having the proper type and fit for your child and vehicle makes all the difference when it comes to keeping your precious little one safe on the road from their first gurgle to day of school.

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Published Feb 9, 2017

Baby Safety Month

Mahaska Health Partnership Educates on Baby Safety Month

As part of Baby Safety Month, Mahaska Health Partnership wants to inform you of the safety risks associated with using second hand, hand-me-down and heirloom baby gear.

Each year, a new topic is chosen to be highlighted during Baby Safety Month. According to the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, parents are increasingly buying second hand products for their babies. For this reason, “Take a Second Look at Second Hand Baby Gear” is the theme for 2012. From garage sales, auctions, thrift stores or friends and family, parents are finding ways to cut costs during these tough economic times.

“Safety standards are constantly changing, so it’s important to stay up-to-date on what products are approved,” said MHP Birthing Center Director Chyann Vroegh. “If you have any question that your used baby product may not be safe, it’s better to just buy new.”

Outfitting a nursery can be costly. If you are on a tight budget, buying second hand baby gear is an option, as long as it is done safely. Items that can easily be cleaned and meet current standards such as clothes, books or basic toys are great choices to buy or borrow.

“You should always put safety before price,” explained Vroegh. “Don’t use any product with loose, missing or broken parts and be sure to check that it has not been recalled and meets current safety standards.”

Car seats, cribs, mattresses and lactation equipment should not be borrowed or bought second hand. It is impossible to know the gear’s history and some products just should not be re-used for sanitary reasons.