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  • Five Tips for Reducing Sibling Conflict

    10/02/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    It’s a common complaint of parents with more than one child: brothers and sisters who can’t seem to get along. While not all sibling conflict becomes bullying, it’s still hard to listen to your kids argue. No one expects their kids to be best friends all the time, but you don’t have to listen to constant bickering, either. Try these tips for reducing sibling conflict: Remove…

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  • Helping Your Child: What You Should Ask The Doctor

    09/22/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    It can be frustrating to have unanswered questions about a medical issue or health problem, especially when it comes to your child. At Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, your child’s safety is our top concern. We want to be your partner in providing the best possible care. As a member of your child’s healthcare team, you can help ensure a successful outcome when…

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  • Are Flu Shots Recommended and Safe for Children?

    09/22/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    Yes, they are safe and highly encouraged for everyone 6 months and older. Our vaccines are highly regulated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which works closely with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) among others to ensure the highest level of safety standards for the vaccine. It’s important for all kids to get flu vaccines, but especially those who suffer from asthma and other…

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  • Teenagers and Smoking: Do They Know The Risks?

    09/18/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    Do you have a teen living at home? If so, chances are he or she has or will be offered a cigarette during their teenage years. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, each day more than 3,200 people younger than 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette, and an estimated 2,100 youth and adults who have been occasional smokers become daily cigarette smokers. Teens often smoke…

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  • Four Ways to Ease Your Child’s Separation Anxiety

    09/16/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    If crying and tantrums are commonplace in your daily preschool drop-off, your child may have separation anxiety. Many children experience separation anxiety between one year and five years old. It is usually a phase that passes quickly. You can help your child feel more comfortable when away from you by following these tips. Follow a regular schedule. Part of separation anxiety is that your toddler…

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  • How to Improve Your Child’s Mental Health

    09/15/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    As a parent, you play a fundamental role in keeping your child healthy. Often, this includes preparing well-balanced meals, encouraging proper exercise and meeting regular doctor appointments. When your child is feeling under the weather, you explore treatment options with your family physician or visit your local pharmacy for a quick remedy. In doing this, you ensure your child is physically well,…

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  • How to Prevent Your Child From Trying Smoking

    09/12/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    Every year fewer and fewer teenagers smoke according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Parents play a large role in preventing teen smoking. You can help keep your teenager from picking up the habit by clearly communicating the dangers of smoking. Encourage your teen to live a smoke-free lifestyle using these tactics: 1. Don’t smoke. Though it may not seem like it,…

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  • Enterovirus D68: What You Need to Know

    09/11/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    By now, you’ve probably heard about it: the rare strain of a common virus believed to be behind the spike in kids being sent to the hospital for moderate to severe respiratory infections—enterovirus D68. But there’s no need to panic. Infectious disease experts with Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health answer pressing questions about the virus and how best to respond…

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  • Five Ways to Help Your Child With Anxiety

    09/09/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    It’s normal for children to worry a little, especially if they are experiencing big changes. Sometimes children and adolescents don’t realize that their anxiety is more intense than typical. When worry turns into full-blown anxiety, your child may need help coping. Here are five ways you can help your child deal with anxiety: Talk about it. Ignoring your child’s fears won’t…

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  • How Secondhand Smoke Affects Children

    09/03/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    Smoking is bad for you – this should come as no surprise. From packaging warnings to advertising campaigns, we often see and hear about the implications smoking has on those who smoke. What is less widely known are the effects of secondhand smoke – especially to children. Secondhand smoke is the mixture of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette, pipe or cigar and smoke exhaled by the…

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