• Coats & child car seats do not mix

    02/26/2015 |

    When the wind chill is so cold that it stings your skin during that short walk to your car, it’s easy to want to bundle up your young children and leave them in their warm coat for the drive. But this time of year, experts warn parents that large…  Read More

  • Help Your Teen Cope with Athletic Letdowns

    Help Your Teen Cope with Athletic Letdowns

    02/26/2015 |

    It’s the end of the sports season and your teen is fired up with school spirit. It comes to the final game, and emotions run high. Then you watch your child’s face as her team takes the loss. Letdowns can hurt, and seeing your child’s…  Read More

  • Welcome to Caitlin Church, New Craniofacial Program Coordinator

    02/24/2015 |

    Visitors to the Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health are being greeted by a new (and perhaps familiar!) face. Caitlin Mannan Church was recently hired as the new Cleft and Craniofacial Program Coordinator, a position…  Read More

  • Evolution of USDA Food Guides to Today’s MyPlate

    Evolution of USDA Food Guides to Today’s MyPlate

    02/23/2015 |

    Dietary recommendations are nothing new. The USDA has been dishing them out to Americans since 1894. However, the elements of the recommendations continue to evolve: plate sizes, portion sizes and the food itself. For new parents who likely grew up with…  Read More

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Keeping Your Kids Safe: How to Tell If Your Teen is in an Abusive Relationship

02/13/2015 | Everyday Wellness

It can be nerve-wracking when your child enters teen years and begins to have romantic relationships. It is hard to imagine that they might end up in a physically or emotionally abusive relationship. However, 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have been physically abused. Many of the signs of an abusive relationship are subtle and can be difficult to detect. So, what are the signs, and how can you help your teen if you think he or she is being abused? Changes in Self Esteem Was your child always…

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Healthy All Winter: Family-Friendly Winter Activities That Will Keep You Fit

02/10/2015 | Everyday WellnessPlay and Exercise

Physical activity and good nutrition are the bedrock of a healthy lifestyle. It can be challenging to stay active when it’s cold and snowy. It’s just a lot less fun to jog in the cold. Keeping your family physically active in the wintertime can be even more of a challenge. Fortunately, even when there is snow on the ground, you have lots of options to keep your family active and healthy all winter long. Winter Activities: Ice-Skating If there’s a rink, or a frozen pond in your town,…

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Why Do Lullabies Work

Why Do Lullabies Work?

02/09/2015 | Care for Newborns

With proven abilities to calm nerves, evoke emotions and trigger memories, music offers many therapeutic qualities. From recent discoveries for therapy with elderly dementia patients to the tried-and-true soothing of lullabies for newborns, Music Therapy creates an inviting environment for all ages. “We’re trying to reach non-musical goals through music,” Tony Medeiros, music therapist at IU Health, said. “We can work on limb weakness with a tambourine or sing a song that…

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Why Your Teenager Needs to Get an HPV Shot

02/06/2015 | Family CarePrimary Care

If you have a daughter or son who is entering their teen years, you need to make sure they get either a Cervarix or Gardasil HPV shot (Gardasil is the only HPV shot recommended for males and the only one that prevents genital warts). What is HPV? HPV, or Human Papillomavirus is a sexually transmitted infection spread by skin-to-skin contact. HPV can cause various oral and anogenital cancers in men and women, including virtually all cervical cancers. Most people who have HPV do not even know they…

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Talk to Children about National Tragedies

How to Talk to Children about National Tragedies

02/05/2015 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

When widespread tragedies and terrorists attacks top newspaper headlines and fill television airwaves, so many questions arise. While adults ponder the how and why of the violence and tragedy of events like the Paris shooting at Charlie Hebdo, children also have questions, concerns and even fears. A first reaction for parents and teachers may be to shield children from the news of violence, but children look to the adults in their lives to teach them to cope and process the emotions of such events.…

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