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Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare will host free educational programs for parents on several topics related to children from toddler to teen years.

The programs, all of which will take place at 6 p.m. in Marycrest Auditorium on the second floor of the hospital building at 700 West Ave. S. in La Crosse, will begin on Jan. 25 with a presentation on how to help children manage anxiety.

Child and adolescent clinical therapist Janice Schreier will teach parents how to help children overcome their fears.

Other classes include:

  • “Bathroom Basics” — March 8, Dr. Angela Esquibel will teach parents the norms for bowel movements, as well as remedies for constipation. The family physician’s presentation will include information on the latest trends such as probiotics and special diets.
  • Solutions for common skin problems — April 5, when family physicians Kristina Schlecht and Khrystyne Lindgren will provide an overview of common rashes, skin infections, acne, hair disorders and pigmentation changes that might affect children. They will explain over-the-counter remedies to soothe a child’s skin and when it’s time to see the doctor.
  • Helping school-age children and teens sleep better at night — April 19, family physician Christopher Tookey will address how much sleep children need, common obstacles and lifestyle changes that can ease sleep.
  • “Jump Start for Health” — May 17, registered dietitian Jamie Pronschinske will outline why healthy eating and physical activity are keys to healthy growth. She will use the 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! program, a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention curriculum, and the Plate Method.

Call 608-392-9717 to register.

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