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Back to School and Back to Sleep


Back To Sleep is a term coined to help reduce SIDS in infants, but as we send our kids back to school it is something that we can apply to … Read More

Injuries and When to Be Seen by Your Pediatrician


Even though school is starting, we still have plenty of warm weather left to enjoy! When the temperatures are up and kids are playing outside, we tend to see an … Read More

Important announcement for Chris Patton patients


June 1, 2019 Dear Dr. Patton Families, After 21 years with Old Harding Pediatrics, Dr. Chris Patton will be leaving our practice to follow new opportunities. His last day with … Read More

Healthy Summer Fun for the Family from Dr. James Keffer


Summertime is a wonderful time to reset your family, consider reinforcing good habits, or to add healthier habits. The kids have been in school since last August. Between early morning … Read More

Why Liberia


In February I travelled to Liberia to provide medical care in orphanages and facilitate international adoptions.  The trip there involved five flights, touching down in five countries, with an overnight … Read More

Picky Eater


Words From A Recovering Picky Eater   You would never know this now, but when I was a little girl, I was an extremely picky eater.  I come from a … Read More

The Risks of E-cigarettes and Vaping


For at least 3000 years, humans have used hot stones, boiling water, and other methods to make fumes or vapors from different plants and substances – think of the hookah … Read More

The Difference Between a Cold and The Flu


“AAAAHHHHHHHH CHOOOOOOO.” “Sniffle.” “I’m Cold.” It’s just another day here at Old Harding Pediatrics! As we walk the halls we are greeted by sad faces and chattering teeth. ITS OFFICIALLY … Read More

Why I Became a Pediatric Nurse


Happy Nurse’s Week to all the nurses out there! I hope each one of you finds yourself on the end of something very chocolatey and delicious! May your scrubs remain free of stains this week, may you eat your lunches sitting down, and may each patient you encounter have excellent veins. Hooray!… Read More

HPV Answers


Have questions about HPV ? Listen to our very own Dr. Keffer give you a little info on this very important vaccine! But as always feel free to ask your pediatrician here at OHPA about any questions or concerns you have!… Read More

The Importance of Being Pro-active About Your Child’s Mental Health


Although not as obvious as physical ailments, issues with one’s mental health can be just as detrimental to a person’s well-being. The reality is that 20% of children between the ages of 13 and 18 will have a mental health issue that needs to be addressed.… Read More

Wash Your Hands!


When I think of germs I picture the round, green blob on the Mucinex commercials. GROSS! Germs are not something that I want in my house, on my body, or the body of my sweet toddler. My little one attends daycare full time and loves to play in the dirt, pick her nose, and constantly has her hands in her mouth. Seriously… it’s gross!… Read More

Head Injuries


As school begins, so do Fall sports. While Friday nights on the football field are mostly fun evenings filled with plenty of school spirit, it’s important to recognize the risks associated with football, soccer, wrestling and any other sport where physical contact is a factor.… Read More

Flu Vaccine


Have you scheduled your child’s appointment for their flu vaccine? We at Old Harding want you to understand the importance of all children, 6 months and older, receiving their annual flu shot. Watch this quick video from Dr. Keffer for more information!… Read More

Firework Safety


Fireworks are as synonymous with Summer as watermelon and swimming pools. By the second week of June, you’re sure to see firework tents popping up by the side of the … Read More

Swimming Safety


I grew up at the beach and have played and worked in aquatics my entire life. During this time, I have seen, experienced and heard a lot. In the 15 years I have taught swimming, I have heard more than a few heart-wrenching stories of accidents in and around the water. It wasn’t until I became a parent that I truly understood the burden of worry for my own children’s safety in those situations.… Read More

Healthy Habits Begin with Small Steps and a Plan


I was asked to offer some tips to help kids develop habits to maintain a healthy weight. Studies of healthy habits in kids show that the following habits are significantly associated with individuals who have and maintain a healthy weight. These healthy habits in kids can only begin with consistent modeling by their parents. Start with small changes to work toward these goals. Have fun. Persevere.… Read More