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  • THE POWER OF A SMILE

    04/02/2014 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    Eric Luecking . a Riley parent, recently spoke at the “Cleft Care Across the Lifespan: Fundamentals for Parents” conference on March 6, 2014 at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.  Below is the written text of Mr. Luecking’s remarks. Humans can have an ugly way of undoing God's gifts.  Maybe it's the media - or our interpretation of their reporting - that has…

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  • Cleft Care across the Lifespan:  Fundamentals for Parents

    03/19/2014 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    The Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health presented a conference for parents of children with cleft lip and palate on March 6, 2013.   “Cleft Care across the Lifespan:  Fundamentals for Parents” explored the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of infants through adolescents with cleft lip and palate. Team members addressed topics such as…

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  • Christian Buchanan: Facing the World Despite Rare Facial Disorder

    02/27/2014 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    Midway through her pregnancy, Lacey Buchanan got some sobering news: There’s something wrong with your baby. The elation she’d felt just weeks before—it’s a boy!—was now abruptly deflating, like air escaping from a punctured balloon. An ultrasound showed that if her son survived, he would have facial abnormalities, the extent of which were not fully known. It would be…

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  • A Special Wedding Enables a Riley Patient to be Sister’s Maid of Honor

    02/06/2014 | TreatmentsCancer

    Within an hour of getting the news, Danielle Jones, 23, sprang into action. Her 19-year-old sister, Gabby Jones—fighting for her life at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health—was not expected to survive. Already battling myelodysplastic syndrome, a type of blood cancer, as well as a disorder that ravaged her immune system, Gabby contracted an extremely rare and deadly fungal infection…

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  • Women For Riley Grant Helps Craniofacial Families

    02/05/2014 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    Through the generosity of a grant provided by the “Women for Riley”, many hearts of parents who have had an infant born with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate have been touched.  A baby born with a cleft will most likely have feeding difficulties at birth due to the inability to suck and successfully express milk from a regular nipple and bottle.  Many times a special feeding system…

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  • What is Plagiocephaly?

    01/15/2014 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    Plagiocephaly is a word that describes abnormal head shape, often flattening, of one side of the skull. There are a number of reasons that a baby’s head shape may not be round and equal.  An early and thorough evaluation is important to figure out the cause and plan a course of treatment. Plagiocephaly may develop when the baby’s rapidly growing head meets some kind of resistance.…

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  • A Parent’s Perspective

    12/11/2013 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    This blog was submitted by the parent of a child with a Craniofacial disorder - Jeannie Ewing. Our infant daughter, Sarah, was born with Apert Syndrome, which we discovered was a rare chromosomal anomaly and form of craniosynostosis. Shortly following her birth, we were referred to Dr. Flores, who became her craniofacial surgeon. At the time of this writing, Sarah has nearly a dozen specialists in…

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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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  • 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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  • The 2013 Trusler Lectureship in Pediatric Plastic Surgery

    11/07/2013 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    The Harold M. Trusler Visiting Lectureship in Clinical Plastic Surgery is an annual event held in honor of Doctor Trusler, a plastic surgeon who was integral in establishing the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  Each year a national leader in pediatric plastic surgery is invited to give a Grand Rounds lecture and participate in educational sessions with…

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