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  • Treating a Sign of Summer: Swimmer’s Ear

    08/21/2012 | Everyday WellnessPlay and ExerciseFamily CarePrimary Care

    This summer’s string of scorching hot days makes swimming in a pool or lake even more inviting. While swimming is a great way to cool off, kids who spend a lot of time in the water, especially underwater, can experience inflammation of the outer ear and ear canal – medically referred to as otitis externa, but more commonly known as “swimmer’s ear.” Unlike middle ear infections…

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  • Tools for School: Keep Cyberspace Safe

    08/10/2012 | Family CareReady, Set, School

    Bullying isn’t new, but the internet and text messaging has taken it to a whole new level. It might not be throwing a punch on the playground, but cyberbullying, or online name-calling, can have serious emotional consequences. In fact, Cyberbullying is extremely dangerous and can cause anxiety and depression.  In rare cases, it has even led to suicide. As a parent, what can you do? Since…

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  • Tools for School: Get Your Vaccinations

    08/08/2012 | Family CarePrimary CareReady, Set, School

    This is the second in a three part series this week that will give you some helpful back-to-school tools! It’s that time of year when kids need yearly physicals to make sure they’re in tip top shape to head back to school. While you’re there, don’t forget to ask if your child’s vaccines are up to date. It may be even more important than ever this year, due to a potential…

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  • Tools for School: Food for Thought

    08/06/2012 | Everyday WellnessHealthy EatingFamily CareReady, Set, School

    This is the first in a three part series this week that will give you some helpful back-to-school tools! We’ve all heard that certain foods can make kids smarter, and that’s true. Fish, for example, contains Omega 3, well known for its powers as “brain food.” But even beyond fish, children who routinely eat well-rounded, nutritious meals perform better in school. More importantly,…

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  • Kids’ Stomach Aches

    08/03/2012 | Family CarePrimary CareTreatmentsGastroenterology

    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?…

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  • Matt’s Story | Born at 22 Weeks With a Will to Survive

    09/22/2011 | Family CareCare for Newborns

    Born at 22 weeks and five days, Matt spent more than five months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Riley Hospital for Children. When Matt’s mom, Amy, went into labor just after the start of her 22nd week, his parents were told that their son had little chance of survival. Amy recalls one doctor saying, “We don’t really, at this point in time, have enough data to give you…

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  • Autism: How You Can Be an Advocate for Your Child

    08/27/2011 | Family CarePrimary Care

    If you're a parent with a child who has autism, you're not alone. More children than ever are being diagnosed. You've done the research, and you probably know there isn’t a cure, and we don’t know what causes this complex developmental disability. Even though there’s not a cure yet, studies show that early intervention treatment services can greatly improve development.…

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  • Dealing with ADHD

    08/25/2011 | Family CarePrimary Care

    With the start of the school year, the talk of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) can be heard in many places. For a family dealing with the disorder, many questions are raised as they try to navigate unfamiliar waters. We know that frustration and confusion can be two key emotions for a family dealing with ADHD, but the good news is — it can be treated and the sooner it's detected,…

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  • Simulations help physicians and nurses train for real-world problems

    08/08/2011 | Family CareCare for NewbornsCare for Preemies (Neonatology)

    Simulations are valuable training techniques that offer hands-on experience. They are used by many professionals from airline pilots to astronauts and from police officers to truck drivers. The need for hands-on experience is exactly why Dr. Bobbi Byrne, a neonatologist at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, created a training program using infant care simulations. The manequins in these simulations,…

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  • Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor to Help Your Child

    07/20/2011 | Family CarePrimary Care

    Our goal is to provide the best and safest medical care possible.We know it can be frustrating to have unanswered questions about a medical issue or health problem, especially when it comes to your child. We at IU Health make sure our highly skilled physicians, nurses and other health care workers are educated well-trained specialists, which is why Riley Hospital is one of the best children’s…

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