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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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: 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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