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  • Newborn Heart Screenings: Peace of Mind

    11/11/2013 | Family CareCare for NewbornsTreatmentsHeart

    If you’re expecting a baby, you are hoping to leave the hospital with a healthy baby in tow. One way health care providers are helping ensure your baby is healthy and strong enough to go home is through routine newborn heart screenings. As part of Indiana law, all newborns are required to have blood oxygen levels tested before leaving the hospital. A pulse oximetry test will be performed on your…

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  • Bullying 101: Prevention And Coping Tips For Parents

    09/24/2013 | Family CareReady, Set, School

    Success in school depends on many factors, including how well a child interacts socially with classmates. With school back in session, attention turns to an issue that’s often in the spotlight – bullying. Regardless of whether your child has had personal experience with bullying, it’s important to talk about how to recognize bullying and to make sure your child understands how and…

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  • Why Are Kids Sick So Often?

    08/25/2013 | Family CarePrimary Care

    Like many parents, you may feel like your kids are always sick. One week it is a cold, the next week it is an ear infection, and you always seem to be in the doctor’s office. In fact, kids are sick more often; it isn’t uncommon for a child to get six to eight upper respiratory infections each year. Children in school or day care may get sick more frequently because of exposure to more children…

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  • Butterflies and Belly Aches

    08/23/2013 | Family CarePrimary CareTreatmentsGastroenterology

    It’s a common childhood complaint: stomach ache. As a parent, it can be frustrating to know whether it’s just part of growing up, or if it’s a more serious disease or issue with abdominal organs. So when should you call the doctor about your child’s stomach ache? Here’s what you need to know about possible causes of abdominal pain, how to help your child deal with the…

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  • The First Choice, From Their Very First Breath

    06/14/2013 | Family CareCare for NewbornsCare for Preemies (Neonatology)

    When Jessica Bell was born two months early, her parents Kara and Jim Bell weren’t sure what the future would hold. As doctors expected, Jessica’s lungs weren’t fully developed and she had trouble breathing. The neonatal specialty team from Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health arrived and transported the five-pound infant to Riley, where she was admitted into the…

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  • Hope for Our Smallest Heart Patients

    04/29/2013 | Family CareCare for NewbornsTreatmentsHeart

    Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health celebrates a decade of helping patients with the Berlin Heart. Severe heart failure is scary at any age, but it can be especially difficult for children. Thanks to the Berlin Heart, a mechanical heart support system designed especially for children, pediatric heart patients have the same access to lifesaving technology as adults. The Berlin Heart works by taking…

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  • Avoid the Bedtime Battle

    03/17/2013 | Family CarePrimary Care

    Bedtime can be a fight, prompting some parents to abandon regular bedtimes. However, not getting enough sleep can affect children’s health and behavior. Children in preschool and elementary school need 10 to 12 hours of sleep each day. Sleep is a time for their brains to develop; it helps them maintain attention and good behavior at school. Additionally, without enough sleep, they may be at higher…

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  • A Healthy Start to School

    09/19/2012 | Family CareReady, Set, School

    For many families September means settling back into a regular school schedule. As kids head back to class, there are strategies parents can incorporate into the daily routine to help children stay healthy and perform better in school. Manage your child’s sleep Most kids don’t get enough sleep. Generally, preschoolers should sleep 10 to 12 hours per night, and school age/early middle school…

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  • Choosing the Right Backpack for Your Child

    09/12/2012 | Family CareReady, Set, School

    It’s that time of year again. Kids are heading back to school and the search is on for school supplies. But have you thought about what your kids will use to haul around those supplies? You should. That’s because backpacks, when too heavy or worn the wrong way, can leave students with aching backs and shoulders, tingling arms, weakened muscles, and even stooped posture. So, what can you…

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  • Routines Make for Easier Bedtimes

    08/25/2012 | Family CarePrimary Care

    By now, most kids have started back to school. Morning routines are probably still being established; from panicked searches for just the right shirt to rushed goodbyes as they run frantically trying to catch the bus. Some morning mayhem is to be expected as back-to-school routines are established, but how are those new bedtime routines going? If they’re not going so well, Dr. Deborah Givan at…

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