Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Parenting Advice

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I don’t know how you feel, but in my opinion, parenting is hard! Someone must have forgotten to hand me the instruction manual when my children came home. I have yet to meet a parent who wouldn’t appreciate one.
New parents can count on getting lots of advice from well-meaning friends and relatives, and sometimes even perfect strangers. Some of that advice is welcome and useful. Some, not so much. And sometimes that advice is downright dangerous. 
Many grandparents raised their own children at a time when doctors thought it was best to put babies on their stomachs to sleep. Research in the 1990s showed that this sleeping position significantly increased the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. And all those cute stuffed animals and fluffy blankets increase the risk of suffocation.
Many great grandparents started their newborns on solid food soon after birth. Now we understand more about infant nutrition and recommend waiting until six months for most babies. This helps ensure the baby is developmentally ready to swallow solids and reduces the risk of some health problems that can persist well into adulthood.
My own generation was told to avoid exposure to common allergens like nuts and fish in the hopes of reducing the risk of food allergies. More recent research indicates the opposite: early introduction to these foods reduces that risk. Of course, parents still need to be mindful of choking hazards. Try thinned smooth peanut butter, not whole peanuts. We still recommend avoiding honey, because of the risk of botulism, and liquid milk, because it is more difficult to digest. Besides, formula and breast milk provide more complete nutrition.
Parents today often swear by sleep nests or wedges. These are cushions meant to prop babies in a particular position. Although these devices are popular, they are dangerous and increase the risk of suffocation. Walkers are popular too, but they are associated with injuries, and have not been shown to help babies learn to walk. In fact, motor skills may be delayed if baby uses a walker.
So how can families sort out all this advice? Look for trustworthy sources of information, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics’ on-line resource, healthychildren.org, or the American Academy of Family Physicians’ educational website, familydoctor.org. Best of all, take advantage of regular well-child visits with your primary care provider. Your doctor desires a strong relationship and will work with you to help your child grow up safe and healthy.

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Mentioning the Unmentionables

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Take a Moment to Breathe

The act of breathing is essential to life and can be done with or without thinking about it. You can control your breath and vary it, but eventually air must come in, and air must go out.  The breath of life and breathing exercises are an important aspect of many religions.... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Smokeless Tobacco is a Cancer Risk

From Babe Ruth to John Wayne, Americans have seen chewing tobacco in popular culture for over a century. Spitting chew has been a trademark of cowboys and professional athletes alike and chewing tobacco use continues at high rates in the United States. In 2018 a survey showed... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Recognizing PTSD

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - The Skin You’re In

Skin is the largest organ in the human body, but it’s easy to take it for granted. Unless we notice pain or itching or funny spots, most people don’t give it much thought. However, the skin is critically important. It helps regulate our body temperature and fluid... [More]

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Anything from Acne to Zika

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Historic Impact of Public Health

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Prairie Doc® Perspectives - Caring for Expectant Moms

Lately my teenager has been fascinated by medical dramas. Although my “doctor self” is usually rolling my eyes throughout the program, it’s often a good conversation starter. One recent show featured a pregnant woman who experienced one medical crisis after... [More]

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COURT

Michele Howell Makes First Appearance on Arson Charges

Michele Howell appeared in Wallace County District Court on Wednesday, April 7th in person via zoom meeting.  Her court appointed attorney Justin Barrett, Colby opted not to appear with his client for her first appearance. Wallace County Attorney Charles Moser appeared on... [More]

Margheim and Schippers Sentenced in Wallace County District Court

Jake Wilson Margheim appeared in Wallace County District Court on November 12th, 2020 for sentencing in case number 17 CR 33.  Margheim had been charged with 1 count of unlawful possession with intent to distribute marijuana, a level 4 drug felony, on January 28, 2017.  Margheim... [More]

Traffic Court July-December 2020

Elmer Nelson of Lamar, CO was fined $93 plus court costs on 9/3/2020 - cited driving 73 mph in a 55 mph zone on 1/18/1994 by WACOSO. Kathleen Brammer of Grain Valley, MO was fined $69 plus court costs on 9/10/20250 – cited driving 79 mph in a 65 mph zone on 10/05/2018 by... [More]

Small Claims Court Proceedings

Case number 2020-SC-2 D Walker Concrete, LLC vs Jory Parks. On June 15th, 2020 (plaintiff) D Walker Concrete LLC filed claim against (defendant) Jory Parks, DBA Heartcross Ranch Designs LLC in the amount of $1150.25 for concrete delivered, plus $15 for sheriff service and $67.50... [More]

District Court Sentencings

Rolando Gonzales appeared in Wallace County District Court on January 12, 2020 for sentencing in case number 2019-CR-10 with court appointed attorney Christopher Rohr of Colby, Kans. On February 13, 2019, Gonzales had been found guilty of count 1 Possession of a Controlled Substance,... [More]

Traffic Court March - June

Skyler Jacob Adams Urban, Goodland Kans, transporting an open container, purchase/possession/comume by minor. Deferred adjudication, 12 months. Court Costs $108. William M Dysart, Jr., Weatherford, Okla, driving 82 mph in a 65 mph zone, Fined $87, court cost $108.  Shane... [More]

Wallace County District Court Proceedings

Rene Trevino appeared in Wallace County District Court on October 2, 2019 for sentencing in case number 2019 CR 12.  Trevino had been charged with 1 Count Domestic Battery, a Class B, Person Misdemeanor on September 7, 2019.  He appeared in court with court-appointed... [More]

Traffic Court for January and February

Catherine Elizabeth Capra, Pleasant Hill, Mo, driving 78 mph in a 65 mph zone, deferred, court costs $108. Justin Blake Meyer, St. Francis, Kans, liquor purchased by minor, nolo contendre, fined $200, court costs $239. Transporting an open container, guilty plea, fined $200.... [More]

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NEWS

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Horineks Married 30 Years

Mark and Charity Horinek of Sublette, Kansas are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary with a dinner reception at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church Parish Hall in Sharon Springs, Kansas on May 21st, 2022 at 5:00 pm. Mark Horinek and Charity Whitney were married on May 23,... [More]

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Elementary Play Day 2022

Some of the events during the Elementary School Play Day held last Monday.

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Bair Among Those Graduating from the University of Kansas

Jessica Bair, daughter of Lace & Corey David graduated from Kansas University with a BS in Chemistry.  She has been accepted into Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, to continue with post graduate studies in chemistry.  

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Weskan High School Class of 2022

WHS Class of 2022 Back Row: Kendalynn Miller, Lane Purvis, Dalton Mackley, Ariana Okeson.  Front row: Salutatorian Brielle Allen, Valedictorian Bethany Rother.  

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School’s Out for Summer!

Sharon Springs Grade School students filed out of the playground for the last time of this 2021-22 school year. Here’s to a great summer filled with memories that will last a lifetime! 

Letter to the Editor - April 29, 2022

Wallace County Commissioners, It is with much frustration and disappointment that I am resigning my position from the Wallace County Road Department after 31 years of dedication and commitment. In the past, I have had the opportunity to work with some excellent co-workers,... [More]

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Wallace County High School Class of 2022

WCHS Graduation 1st row: Breanna Medina, Jake Willems, Calley Stubbs, Madeline Pearce. 2nd row: Makena Katt, Kadin Murphy, Adrienne Selzer, Connor Kuhlman, Brookley Dinkel, Jaden Voth, and Hope Perry.    Awards recipients: Calley Stubbs, Valedictorian, KSHSAA Citizenship... [More]

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“Building a Legacy” Breathes Life into Track and Field Project

Harold Frasier, a former Wallace County High school board member and active member of the community, is quoted to have once stated that “each generation has the responsibility to repair and replace.”   Athletics are constantly evolving. Rules change, equipment... [More]

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BUGLE NOTES

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Bugle Notes - 5/5/22

The Annual Meeting of the Fort Wallace Memorial Association was held on Sunday, May 1st.  The day’s program was the showing of the film “The Lost Son: the Search for Lyman S. Kidder,” created by the WCHS Video Editing Class, instructed by Brenda Tropf.... [More]

Bugle Notes - 4/14/22

The Fort Wallace Memorial Association will hold its 2022 Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 1st at 5 pm at the Fort Wallace Memorials Association. The public is invited to attend: only lifetime members of the Fort Wallace Memorial Association may vote in the board elections. Memberships... [More]

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Bugle Notes 3/24/22

We greatly enjoyed the fellowship and learning on Sat. March 12 during our 2022 Symposium "Communication Along the Smoky Hill Trail" and Captain Keogh's Emerald Banquet in the evening! Speakers were Marla Matkin, Chris Gabel, @Deb Goodrich, Mark Berry and Steve Boylan; we certainly... [More]

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Bugle Notes - 3/10/22

Coming up on Sat. March 12 - our Annual Symposium and Guardians Banquet! Starting at 9:00 AM, we will host prominent historians from across the Midwest to talk about “Communication Along the Smoky Hill Trail.” The Symposium fee is $30 for Guardians Members, $40 for... [More]

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Bugle Notes 3/3/22

We are very excited about our upcoming events on Saturday, March 12! This year’s annual History Symposium is themed Communication Along the Smoky Hill Trail, and features highly esteemed speakers from across the Midwest to share in their area of expertise. Doors will open... [More]

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Bugle Notes 2/24/22

History was being shared across our area this weekend! On Saturday, the WCHS Videography Class, under the instruction of Brenda Tropf, filmed scenes for a class movie about the Kidder Massacre, which took place in June,1867 in north central Sherman County. The project required... [More]

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Bugle Notes 2/17/22

This Sunday, the Museum is hosting a special two-hour class titled The Civil War in Kansas. Our own Deb Goodrich is our Garvey Texas Historian and she literally wrote the book on this subject! The class starts at 2:00 MT at the Museum and the cost is $10 - refreshments will be... [More]

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Bugle Notes - Feburary 3, 2022

The snow may be flying in Wallace County (Thank the Lord!) but the Museum is humming with plans for the spring, as well as schools visiting for Kansas Day observances! On Monday, we welcomed the Sharon Springs USD 241 second grade class, led by teacher Gabrielle Kroestch and... [More]

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