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Surviving the Cold and Flu Season

Posted 10/5/2017 by UHBlog

Surviving the Cold and Flu Season

No one can live in a bubble to avoid cold and flu season.

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Have a Spooktacular Halloween

Posted 9/8/2017 by UHBlog

Have a Spooktacular Halloween

Safety tips for your little ghouls and goblins.

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Get Ahead of the Curve

Posted 8/17/2017 by UHBlog

Get Ahead of the Curve

Straight talk about a scoliosis diagnosis.

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Go Out With a Bang

Posted 6/16/2017 by UHBlog

Go Out With a Bang

Keep your family safe this Fourth of July by following these fireworks safety tips.

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4 Ways to Kick the Soda Habit

Posted 5/15/2017 by UHBlog

4 Ways to Kick the Soda Habit

Curb the soda habit with these tips.

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Is It Bedwetting or Something More Serious?

Posted 4/13/2017 by UHBlog

Is It Bedwetting or Something More Serious?

When is your child’s bedwetting a cause for concern?

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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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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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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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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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Cell Phones and Brain Tumors

Posted 8/15/2016 by UHBlog

Cell Phones and Brain Tumors

Concerned about technology affecting your child’s development?

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5 Healthy Smoothies Recipes

Posted 7/12/2016 by UHBlog

5 Healthy Smoothies Recipes

Five smoothie combinations that are sure to satisfy you.

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Help! My Child is Overweight

Posted 6/15/2016 by UHBlog

Help! My child is overweight

You can help your child lose weight and get healthy with the right plan. We can help.

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5 Tips for a Healthy Picnic Basket

Posted 5/30/2016 by UHBlog

Try this Healthy Picnic Basket

Picnic food can be both healthy and tasty if you plan ahead.

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March: National Nutrition Month

Posted 2/22/2016 by April Verdi, RDN, LD

Happy National Nutrition Month. If you see a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), be sure to thank him/her for all their hard work in providing your family with research-driven nutrition care. This month, we recognize the role RDNs play in the health of our children. As a RDN, I’m frequently asked about picky eating: “How can I get my child to eat something else besides chicken nuggets?” With good intentions, you may hear, “Your child will grow out of it.” But m...

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Get The Lead Out: Childproofing Your Home

Posted 1/12/2016 by UHBlog

If you live in an older home, make sure your baby is tested for lead exposure at age 1. Call us for an appointment. Lead poisoning in children is a serious health problem that can lead to developmental and physical problems, but the news isn’t all doom and gloom. “We’re still seeing kids with lead in their bloodstream, but most of the kids have low levels that don’t require treatment,” says pediatrician Laura Caserta, MD. “There’s no safe blood level an...

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Becoming a Parent after Cancer Treatment

Posted 12/3/2015 by UHBlog

More than ever, people with cancer need to think about life after treatment and having children. Over the last 20 years, the way cancer is found and treated has improved. People are being diagnosed younger and living longer. Certain types of surgery, chemo and radiation can make it hard or impossible to have a child later on. Studies suggest that about 75 percent of younger people with cancer would like to have children after treatment ends [1]. Yet, only about 30 percent talk to their cancer ...

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Healthy Holiday Recipes for Kids

Posted 11/18/2015 by UHBlog

Holiday treats can be part of your child’s healthy diet. Ask us how. Your children devour the brownies at the neighborhood cookie exchange, while you fixate on the amount of sugar and fat they are consuming. Give them – and yourself – a break. “Holidays don’t come around all that often,” says clinical dietitian Janet Kramer, MPH, RDN, LD. “Like with adults, if kids eat healthful meals and snacks 90 percent of the time, they can splurge 10 percent of the...

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Why Isn’t Your Child Eating Their Packed Lunch?

Posted 10/9/2015 by UHBlog

Want to take the frustration – and power struggle – out of lunch? Ask us how. If you’ve run out of good ideas for your child’s packed lunch and no variety of food seems to make a difference, maybe it’s time to rethink why your child isn’t eating in the first place. It may not have anything to do with the food you’re packing, says clinical dietitian Janet Kramer, MPH, RDN, LD. “The biggest reason why kids won’t eat their lunch is lack of time,...

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7 Halloween Health Hazards

Posted 9/30/2015 by UHBlog

There’s nothing scarier than an ER visit on Halloween. Ask us how to keep you and your children safe during the festivities. You and your little ghost or goblin may get a thrill out of yelling, “Boo!” on Halloween, but you’ll be crying, “Boo-hoo,” if any of you get injured while trick-or-treating or attending a costume party. “We see injuries all year round, but certainly there are risks associated with Halloween that cause kids to become injured,&rd...

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Could Your Child Have Diabetes? Know the Tell-Tale Signs

Posted 9/22/2015 by UHBlog

Diabetes among children has surged over the last 20 years. If you're worried about your child, we can help. Many of us think of diabetes as being a chronic condition affecting overweight adults. But did you know that diabetes affects plenty of children as well, even those who aren’t tipping the scales? In fact, one in three American children born today will develop diabetes in their lifetimes. According to pediatric endocrinologist Rose Gubitosi-Klug, MD, PhD, both type 1 and type 2 diab...

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5 Rules for Backpack Safety

Posted 9/15/2015 by UHBlog

Do your kids know there’s a right way to wear a backpack? More than 14,000 children are treated annually for backpack-related injuries. Follow these rules for proper backpack safety and to prevent injury. Get more health tips and information on symptoms, treatment options, prescription medications, prevention and more from UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Health & Wellness Library.

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How Much Water Should My Child Drink?

Posted 9/15/2015 by UHBlog

Drinking water every day is essential for your child’s health and wellness. Yet about one-quarter of children in the U.S. do not drink water on a daily basis. Follow these guidelines for how much water your child needs to stay healthy and hydrated. Get more health tips and information on symptoms, treatment options, prescription medications, prevention and more from UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Health & Wellness Library.

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Food Allergies in Children: What’s a Parent to Do?

Posted 8/21/2015 by UHBlog

If your child suffers from a food allergy, taking immediate action could prevent a life-threatening situation. We can help. If you and your family traveled by airplane recently, you might have heard this message over the intercom: “Passengers, we ask you to please refrain from eating peanuts on this flight, as there is a child on board with a food allergy.” This underscores a growing problem. In fact, in recent years, food allergies in children have soared, says pediatric allergy/im...

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Why Your Kids Need More Orange Juice and Milk

Posted 7/22/2015 by UHBlog

Is your child getting enough vitamin D for good health and disease prevention? Ask us. Most of us don’t spend enough time outdoors to get the vitamin D we need. While lack of vitamin D is a problem for adults, it’s even worse for kids. According to pediatric rheumatologist Angela Robinson, MD, teenagers and young adults need vitamin D to help them absorb calcium, the building block for strong bones and teeth. If they’re not getting adequate amounts of the sunshine vitamin &nd...

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12 summertime health and safety tips

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Jerri A. Rose, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Specialist, Marcy R. Horvitz Pediatric Emergency Center, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Your family’s schedule is jam-packed. Fortunately, making sure your children eat well does not have to take a ton of time. The best way to help kids eat well is to serve healthy options at every meal and snack. Follow these tips from Janet Kramer, MPH, RDN, LD, ...

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Lost and Found: Common-Sense Tips for Finding Your Lost Child

Posted 5/20/2015 by UHBlog

Do you need help with an impulsive child who regularly wanders off? We can help Distractions happen. Even if you're the most vigilant of parents, it's normal to look away from your child at the store or in the park. When you turn back, poof – he has vanished. Now what do you do? "Every parent has had this experience when she doesn't know where her child is for a short period of time," says clinical psychologist Carolyn Ievers-Landis, PhD. "It's scary." If you're like most parents, your ...

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Keeping Kids Regular

Posted 4/21/2015 by UHBlog

If your child’s constipation has you worried, give us a call. Did you know that passing a stool should be fun for kids or at least free of discomfort? If your child cries or complains every time he has a bowel movement, he may be constipated. Although you may not associate constipation with children, it does happen, says pediatrician Ernesto Gerardo, MD. “You can find children with constipation at almost any age,” he says. “Even breast-feeding infants can develop it.&rdq...

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Sneaky Parent: Sneaking Veggies into Foods like Smoothies and Others

Posted 4/2/2015 by UHBlog

Check with us about broadening or improving your child’s diet. We tell our kids to eat from the rainbow, but of all the foods in the food pyramid, vegetables are probably the least preferred. So how can you get your child, and yourself, to eat more servings of vegetables? The best way is to be a good role model, says clinical dietician Janet Kramer, MPH, RDN, LD. It takes time to become familiar with a new food, especially for children who are being exposed to new tastes and textures for ...

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