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  • What to pack for your child’s surgery

    07/22/2014 | Family Care

    Whether your child is having an inpatient or outpatient surgery, you and your child may have anxiety about the experience. It is important to keep your child calm, and let him or her know that the surgery is important for their current and future health. Answer any questions your child may have about the surgery, and let him or her know step by step how to prepare before the day of surgery. Also, let…

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  • Asking the right questions about your child’s prescription

    07/18/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & PreventionFamily CarePrimary Care

    When it comes to your child’s prescription medications, the long, technical names of the drugs may confuse you. Even if you see a pediatrician that you trust, you should be prepared to manage your child's prescriptions. There are many questions you should ask about your child’s prescriptions before leaving the pediatrician’s office and heading to the pharmacy. Below are a…

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  • When to Call the Doctor About Your Newborn

    07/14/2014 | Family CareCare for Newborns

    Part of the joy of caring for your newborn baby is learning his or her expressions and moods. While you can learn the signs for when your baby is happy, hungry or sleepy, being able to tell when your baby is sick can be more challenging. It can be hard to know when to call the doctor, especially if this is your first time caring for a newborn.  Some signs that you should call…

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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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