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Children’s Health

School shooting aftermath: How to help your children cope with tragedy

In the wake of a tragedy like a mass casualty event at a school, you as the adult loved one responsible for a child or children in your life may be wondering how you can support them and how to explain (or if you should explain) what has happened. Know that you are not alone …

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Ear tubes 101: How to know if your child needs ventilation tubes

Sniffles and ear infections are childhood ailments that will be familiar to many, if not most, parents. But sometimes there’s a persistent runny nose that just won’t stop, or an ear infection that comes back around every month. And maybe your child’s words don’t sound quite right when spoken or she has trouble hearing you. …

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ADHD testing: Everything parents need to know

If your child’s brain tried to communicate that it had a problem, would anyone notice? In my office, kids’ brains sometimes ask for help by displaying symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). My job is to work with you, the child’s parent or caregiver, to determine whether ADHD is causing the emotional, social and …

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What to expect if your child needs ear tubes

Your child has persistent ear infections. She pulls on her ears a lot. She has a runny nose almost all the time. So your doctor recommends surgery to place ventilation tubes in her ears. Should you worry? The first thing to know about ventilation tube surgery, said David Randall Pinkston, MD, an otolaryngologist on the …

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6 contagious illnesses for parents to watch out for this school year

Once school gets started, all viral illnesses are in play. Think about it—all those kids touching and playing as kids do, putting their hands all over surfaces in classrooms, sharing toys. Plus, kids aren’t the best at washing their hands and covering their coughs. This makes schools and daycares hotbeds for a lot of contagious …

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Ear tubes 301: How to care for a child’s ears after ventilation tube surgery

Your child has been experiencing persistent ear infections, and you have consulted with your pediatrician or an otolaryngologist. They recommended ventilation tubes (also called ear tubes), which ventilate the middle ear so that infection has a minimal chance of recurring. So, you decided that your child should have the surgery and those little spool-shaped tubes …

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How safe is your child’s commute to school? 4 safety tips for parents

When you make that checklist to get your children back-to-school ready, don’t forget to add the daily commute. Whether your kids board a bus, ride a bike, walk or drive with you to school, follow these tips to keep your family safe. Driving If you hit the road to school by car, here are the …

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Child Physicals vs. Child Well Visits: What’s the difference? (And why they both matter)

This time of year, my office tends to see parents making appointments for child Physicals when really, they need a Well Visit, and vice-versa. That’s because there are some similarities between the two: both are visits for kids who appear healthy. They also both involve a physical exam. But really, that’s about where the overlap ends.  …

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Back to school anxiety? Signs your child is struggling and 3 ways you can help

This time of year, I see a lot of kids struggling with the jitters. Sometimes, that back-to-school nervousness can get pretty serious. It’s understandable—this time of year can be unsettling for kids. They have to think about their new workload, making friends, new teachers, testing, and sports or activities. On top of all this, nearly …

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