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The Importance of Vaccines

Posted 3/22/2017 by UHBlog

The Importance of Vaccines

Concerned parents should know that childhood vaccines are proven to be safe and effective at preventing a number of serious diseases.

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Coping with Anxious Kids

Posted 3/15/2017 by UHBlog

Coping with Anxious Kids

Learn how to recognize when your child is displaying signs of excessive fear, worry or anxiety.

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Snuff Out Smoking

Posted 3/8/2017 by UHBlog

Snuff Out Smoking

Follow these tips to help discourage your kids from smoking and encourage them to choose healthier behaviors instead

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Does my child have an anxiety disorder?

Posted 3/1/2017 by STEPHANIE POPE, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Senior Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Does my child have an anxiety disorder?

Small worries are normal for kids and teens. But when worry morphs into distress so that everyday life is difficult, anxiety may be controlling parts of his or her life.

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The right call

Posted 3/1/2017 by SARAH PLUMMER, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

and ERIC DEVANEY, MD
Chief, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Clinical Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

The right call

Dameyonna Willis knew something was wrong with her baby. UH doctors had the answers – and saved the infant's life.

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Half of U.S. kids aren’t hydrated enough

Posted 3/1/2017 by UHBlog

Half of U.S. kids aren’t hydrated enough

Kids need plenty of H2O to grow, but a surprising new study finds about half of them aren’t getting it.

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The truth about springtime sniffles

Posted 3/1/2017 by KATHRYN RUDA WESSELL, DO
Pediatric Allergist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

The truth about springtime sniffles

Knowing the difference can guide you to the right quick-relief steps, help prevent future symptoms, and even head off complications like ear infections, sinus infections and worsening asthma.

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6 ways to boost your child’s gut health

Posted 3/1/2017 by JONATHAN MOSES, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterologist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

6 ways to boost your child’s gut health

Whether you’re concerned about constipation or tummy aches, or just want to bolster your child’s digestive health to promote optimal health, these tips from University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s pediatric gastroenterologist Jonathan Moses, MD, can help.

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5 medicines you shouldn’t give your preschooler

Posted 3/1/2017 by ANGELA HARDMAN, MD
Pediatrician, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Pediatricenter
Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

5 medicines you shouldn’t give your preschooler

Each year, medicines given to help children send many to the emergency room instead.

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Only 2 HPV vaccine shots needed for kids 14 and younger

Posted 3/1/2017 by UHBlog

Only 2 HPV vaccine shots needed for kids 14 and younger

In October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidelines for HPV vaccine use.

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Petting zoos are popular with kids – and germs

Posted 3/1/2017 by UHBlog

Petting zoos are popular with kids – and germs

There are few sights more adorable than watching your little one snuggle that cute baby chick at a petting zoo. But animals – even healthy ones – shed a variety of bacteria that can be toxic to your toddler.

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Cut back on germs

Posted 3/1/2017 by UHBlog

Clean these places to cut back on germs.

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How to Keep Your Child’s Schedule in Balance

Posted 2/28/2017 by UHBlog

How to Keep Your Child’s Schedule in Balance

Is your kid participating in too many activities? Learn how to scale back and find a balance – for your sake and your child’s.

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Signs Your Young Child May be Having Seizures

Posted 2/24/2017 by UHBlog

Signs Your Young Child May be Having Seizures

Some types of seizures are fairly common in infants and young children.

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When Your Child’s Ear Infection Means It’s Time to See an ENT

Posted 2/17/2017 by UHBlog

When Your Child's Ear Infection Means It's Time to See an ENT

If your child has had three or more ear infections in a six-month period, it may be time to see an ear, nose and throat specialist.

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When Hearts Grow Up

Posted 2/10/2017 by UHBlog

When Hearts Grow Up: Helping Your Child Plan for Life with Congenital Heart Disease

It is important to teach children with congenital heart disease about their limitations and how to manage their health as they become more independent.

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Heart Murmurs – Common Symptom of Childhood Heart Issues

Posted 1/13/2017 by UHBlog

Symptoms of Heart Problems in Children

Heart murmurs in children are often harmless but they could be the sign of other pediatric heart issues.

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Getting on Schedule: Benefits of Well-Child Visits

Posted 1/12/2017 by UHBlog

Getting on Schedule: Benefits of Well-Child Visits

Regular visits to the doctor when your child is well are just as important as going when they are sick.

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Faking It: How to know if your child is too sick for school.

Posted 1/5/2017 by UHBlog

Too Sick For School? Here's how to tell.

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8 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Immunity

Posted 12/7/2016 by UHBlog

8 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Immunity

A healthy immune system is key to helping prevent infections, viruses and other childhood illnesses.

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Manners Still Matter

Posted 12/6/2016 by UHBlog

Manners Still Matter

Teaching your children politeness, kindness and manners is an important aspect of their social development.

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Practical Advice for Raising Kids in the Digital Age

Posted 12/1/2016 by UHBlog

Practical Advice for Raising Kids in the Digital AgeHow much screen time is too much? New guidelines for parents give suggestions on how much children should be viewing.

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All smiles: Early diagnosis gives young girl with autism a fresh start

Posted 12/1/2016 by LULU ZHAO, MD
Obstetrician/Gynecologist, UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

All smiles: Early diagnosis gives young girl with autism a fresh start.

Heather Bogle knew something wasn’t quite right with the development of her daughter. After months of worry, Heather decided to find a different pediatrician.

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How teens hide harmful behaviors online

Posted 12/1/2016 by SARA LEE, MD
Pediatrician, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

How teens hide harmful behaviors online

In today’s digital world, kids and teens often sort out their identities online. And some social media platforms have a darker side, often hidden from parents’ view.

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5 positive discipline tips to help kids thrive

Posted 12/1/2016 by LOLITA MCDAVID, MD
Pediatrician, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Professor, Cast Western Reserve University School of Medicine

5 positive discipline tips to help kids thrive

In the short term, spanking causes aggression, physical trauma, and even trouble with thinking and learning. Later in life, it can result in mental health problems and antisocial behavior.

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Young female athletes face a unique set of health risks

Posted 12/1/2016 by AMANDA WEISS KELLY, MD
Chief of Pediatric Sports Medicine, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Young female athletes face a unique set of health risks

Sports participation can put female athletes at risk for the female athlete triad, a syndrome involving the three interrelated components of energy availability, menstrual function and bone health.

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More than 15% of U.S. kids have a cognitive disorder

Posted 12/1/2016 by UHBlog

More than 15% of U.S. kids have a cognitive disorder

Researchers surveyed parents of 2- to 8-year-olds nationwide. About 15 percent of the parents reported their child was diagnosed with at least one mental, behavioral or developmental disorder.

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A checklist to help you spot hearing loss

Posted 12/1/2016 by TODD OTTESON, MD
Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Associate
Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

A checklist to help you spot hearing loss

Even in the earliest months of life, babies begin learning how to communicate by listening to and imitating the sounds they hear around them. But if your baby has a hearing problem, his or her ability to speak and understand language could be affected.

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Don’t let germs rule your household this winter

Posted 12/1/2016 by JASON TATKA, DO
Pediatrician, Rainbow Portage Pediatrics

Don’t let germs rule your household this winter

Children fill your home with laughter, love – and respiratory infections, according to a new study.

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Preventing peanut allergies with peanuts

Posted 12/1/2016 by UHBlog

Preventing peanut allergies with peanuts

More kids than ever have peanut allergies. Now, health experts are advising a new way of preventing them – with peanut butter.

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Natural birth after a C-section: Can it work for you?

Posted 12/1/2016 by KATHERINE AUSTINSON, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife, UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Natural birth after a C-section: Can it work for you?

Just because you delivered one baby via cesarean section doesn’t mean you can’t try a vaginal birth for your next child. Vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC, is recommended as a safe delivery option for most women.

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What to Do When Your Child Comes Out

Posted 11/29/2016 by UHBlog

What to Do When Your Child Comes Out

How a parent reacts to a child’s coming out can have a lifelong impact on the relationship.

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How to Take the Stress Out of the Holidays for Kids

Posted 11/17/2016 by UHBlog

How to Take the Stress Out of the Holidays for Kids

The whirlwind of activities surrounding the holiday season can cause stress for kids as well as adults.

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Take the Helicopter Parent Quiz

Posted 11/9/2016 by UHBlog

Take the Helicopter Parent Quiz.

Hovering over every aspect of your child’s life can impede their growth and sense of independence. Find out if you have helicopter parent tendencies.

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Why Your Child Should Try New Sports

Posted 10/25/2016 by UHBlog

Why Your Child Should Try New Sports

If a child is experiencing frustration or injuries in one sport, encourage them to try something new.

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How Much Sleep is Needed at Each Stage of Life

Posted 10/24/2016 by UHBlog

How Much Sleep is Needed at Each Stage of Life

Getting a good night’s sleep is important for your child’s physical and mental growth.

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5 Ways Pokémon Go Is Already Changing the Real World

Posted 10/21/2016 by UHBlog

5 Ways Pokémon Go Is Already Changing the Real World

Did your kids spend their summer catching Pokémon? Learn how the worldwide craze may have some lasting positive effects.

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4 Healthy After-School Snacks

Posted 9/30/2016 by UHBlog

4 Healthy After-School Snacks

Your child may want to reach for sugary and high-calorie snacks after school, but there are healthier options.

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How to Encourage Self-Motivation in Your Child

Posted 9/16/2016 by UHBlog

Encourage Self-Motivation in Your Child

Seeking out the reason behind your child’s resistance to doing homework is a good first step in helping him get back on track.

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Who Needs to Carry an EpiPen

Posted 9/15/2016 by UHBlog

Who Needs to Carry an EpiPen

An EpiPen can be the life-saving difference for kids with severe allergies. Learn more about who needs to carry one and when it should be used.

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