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  • Understanding Heart Screenings for Your Young Athlete

    11/18/2013 | Everyday WellnessPlay and ExerciseSafety & PreventionTreatmentsHeart

    Soccer. Baseball. Basketball. Gymnastics. If your child plans to participate in an organized sport activity, they’ll need more than just the required gear and equipment; They’ll also need a yearly physical exam. While an annual physical is fairly comprehensive, your physician may recommend additional screening for heart-related issues. As part of your child’s sports physical exam,…

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  • Cholesterol and Your Child

    11/13/2013 | Everyday WellnessPlay and ExerciseSafety & PreventionDiabetes & EndocrinologyHeart

    As adults, we know we need to watch our cholesterol in order to maintain good health. But did you know that children can have high cholesterol, too? As a parent, you can take steps today to monitor your child’s cholesterol and reduce your child’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease later in life. How Do I Know if My Child Has High Cholesterol? Your child can have a simple blood to…

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  • Get the Facts: Egg Allergies & Flu Vaccines

    10/28/2013 | Everyday WellnessSafety & PreventionTreatmentsAllergies & Asthma

    Tis the season to get the flu vaccine, but what’s a parent to do if your child has an intolerance or allergy to the flu shot? It’s true that the flu vaccine contains a very small amount of egg protein, but it is still recommended for all children aged six months and older. You may need to take precautions if your child has an egg allergy, but not necessarily avoid the vaccine altogether.…

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  • Swallowed Small Magnets – More Than Tots and Toys

    08/25/2013 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    Magnets have been a common component of various children toys for years – from magnetic toys meant to attach to each other to alphabet letters and kitchen/refrigerator toys or magnets.  However, more recently a trend has developed in the sale of rare earth, or neodymium, magnets.  These magnets are often marketed as “desk toys” for adults.  These magnets are typically…

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  • Consider Alternative Halloween Fun

    10/29/2012 | CommunityEventsEveryday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    Halloween can be a fun holiday, and usually conjures thoughts of kids in costumes, trick-or-treating and candy. Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous: unsafe costumes, kids darting into traffic, and unhealthy candy and treats. Why not opt for something different this year? Here are some alternative ideas to the traditional Halloween: Visit a Haunted House! Going to a haunted house, haunted trail…

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  • Riding Safely on ATVs

    09/11/2012 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    Riding an ATV can be fun, but can also be dangerous. Due to a growing number of ATV accidents this summer, many involving children, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health is calling attention to the imminent dangers of all-terrain vehicles. "Injuries sustained in an ATV accident are about the same as those from a motorcycle accident - they can range from cuts and scrapes to even death,"…

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  • PARENTS: Protect Your Children, Know the 4-inch Rule

    08/31/2011 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. You leave a child alone for a few minutes, and before you know it they have fallen out of the window, lying on the ground severely injured or dead. Even a first-floor fall can kill a child. It happens more often than you’d ever imagine. Every year more than 5,000 children and teens fall out of windows in the United States every year. That averages…

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  • Help Prevent a Drowning; Important Safety Tips You Should Know

    07/20/2011 | Everyday WellnessPlay and ExerciseSafety & Prevention

    Did you know that anyone, especially a young child, can drown in as little as two inches of water? Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Children under age five and teenagers have the highest drowning rates. At public beaches and pools, most drowning victims are between 11 and 25 years old and males are six times more likely to drown than females. A drowning can occur…

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  • Keeping Your Kids Safe At The Pool

    06/29/2011 | Everyday WellnessPlay and ExerciseSafety & Prevention

    In the early weeks of summer, we sadly see far too many accidents, injuries, and worse that could be prevented by using proper pool safety. Children are not often developmentally ready for swimming lessons until after the age of four, so it is incredibly important that you are vigilant around the pool. Even a child that knows how to swim needs to be supervised at all times. We advise that no one, adult…

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  • ATV Safety Starts With Awareness

    06/27/2011 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    A quick look at some numbers and you’ll find that ATV accidents among youth account for a large numbers of trips to the hospital. According to the ATV Safety Institute, 90 percent of youth ATV accidents happen with a youth operating an adult-sized vehicle. During a 10-year span from 1999-2009, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health treated 422 kids under the age of 18 for preventable…

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