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Helping your Child Manage Stress

09/05/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesPediatricsWellness

As adults, we know stress is part of life. And while childhood is often thought of as a carefree time, children of all ages – even toddlers and preschoolers – can experience stress. Causes vary based on age and other factors, and it may actually be a combination of issues that leads to stress in children. Stress-inducing situations at school or daycare, such as moving to a new school, adjusting to a new teacher and bullying, are most common. Teenagers may be stressed about peer relationships…

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The Scientific Case for Childhood Vaccination

08/08/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesPediatrics

There are many opinions floating around on television and the Internet about vaccine safety. Unfortunately, much of what you may be hearing is not rooted in scientific principles. As a mother, I’ll be the first to take any threat to my children’s health and wellbeing very seriously. So I understand the confusion and fear caused by the “anti-vaccine” movement. However, vaccines are not the threat — the threat exists in NOT getting vaccinated. The background behind the…

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When a child’s bowed legs need medical intervention

06/03/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePediatrics

Having bowlegs is a normal part of physiological development for most babies and toddlers. When that’s the case, pediatricians typically allow it to run its course, according to Christine Caltoum, MD, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon with Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. That approach may shift if a physician suspects an underlying condition like Blount’s disease or rickets, both of which can cause bowlegs. “In Blount’s disease, abnormal development…

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Most bow-legged children recover on their own

05/29/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePediatrics

Watching a baby grow is one of life’s greatest experiences, especially for first-time parents. It can also be an anxious stage for any parent on guard for signs of abnormal development. One of the most common concerns: is my baby going to be bow-legged? It’s natural to wonder because most children are bow-legged as babies, according to Christine Caltoum, MD, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon with Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. “The vast majority of the time,…

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Free local resources to help reduce ACL injuries in student athletes

05/06/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePediatricsPhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Girls who play soccer tear their ACLs (anterior cruciate ligament) more often than boys. That’s well documented in sports medicine literature, but physicians still don’t know as much as they’d like about those physiological differences. Here’s what they do know: Girls tend to land differently than boys. Girls tend to be more quad-dominant than boys. Simple drills can reduce the likelihood of either gender having a torn ACL. That’s why two physical therapists at Indiana…

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Pediatricians call for training to reduce pediatric ACL injuries

05/01/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePediatrics

Torn ACLs (anterior cruciate ligaments) are becoming more common at earlier ages. Over the past decade, ACL injuries in young athletes are up by 63 percent, according to some experts. That’s partially due to year-round involvement in multiple sports that push young players harder than ever, increasing their exposure and risk for having a tear. “There’s a safe way to do just about everything,” says George Gantsoudes, MD, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon with Riley Hospital for…

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Build a Better Relationship with Your Child’s Coach

11/21/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePediatrics

Helping kids learn how to win and lose with grace is one of the benefits of youth sports. In a culture obsessed with winning, some parents ruin that lesson by living vicariously through their child’s wins and losses or putting too much emphasis on outcomes. As a president of the Avon Junior Athletic Association and business director of Indiana University Health Sports Performance & Sports Medicine Outreach, F. Scott Handlon says good communication helps coaches and parents foster a relationship…

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Sports Help Kids Gain Life Skills

11/19/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePediatrics

Sports are a huge draw for American kids. At any given time, an estimated 21.5 million American students age 6 to 17 are involved in organized sports, according to a survey by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association. If your child is involved in youth sports, then you know it can become a huge part of their identity—and yours. Understandably, parents have a big emotional and financial investment in their child’s sports participation, according to F. Scott Handlon, business director,…

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Does Nutrition Affect Autism?

02/27/2013 | Pediatrics

Children with autism can present with unique nutritional challenges and nutritional deficiencies have been described in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).  In addition to nutrition deficiencies, obesity has also been well-described to occur with ASDs.  As a result, routine health maintenance with your family physician or Pediatrician is essential to ensuring appropriate nutritional support for a child with ASD.  Routine doctor visits allow for consistent measurement of…

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Kids’ Stomach Aches

08/03/2012 | Treatments & ServicesPediatrics

Tummy Trouble  Picture this: you’re all set to leave for the morning and one of your children announces, “I have a stomach ache!” Any parent of young children can relate to the confusing nature of children’s stomach pains. You may wonder: Is it serious? Just a stomach bug? Did they eat something that made them ill? Or are they just trying to get out of going to school? It’s time to play digestive detective. First, consider your child’s behavior. Is your child…

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