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  • All About Eczema

    10/23/2013 | TreatmentsAllergies & Asthma

    Winter’s cold temperatures and dry air can wreak havoc on children’s skin—especially if your child suffers from a chronic skin condition known as eczema. Proper skin care and medication can help alleviate your child’s symptoms and prevent flare-ups—during the winter months and year-round. What is Eczema? Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition in which…

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  • Back Pain Basics

    10/21/2013 | TreatmentsOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

    If your child complains about back pain, it may not be for the same reasons you experience it. Sometimes, back pain may be a sign of a serious problem, especially in children younger than 10 years. However, most back pain is not serious and will resolve without treatment. About half of all children and adolescents experience some sort of back pain by the time they are adults. Your child might feel…

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  • Pediatric UTIs — More Common Than You Think

    10/20/2013 | TreatmentsUrology

    Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are very common in infants and young children, but they can also pose serious problems if undiagnosed or untreated. The good news is that UTIs are easily preventable and treatable. As many as eight percent of girls and two percent of boys will have had at least one UTI by the time they turn five. Bacteria are the most common cause of UTIs, most notably, the E. coli bacterium…

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  • Playing it Safe with Sports Injuries

    10/16/2013 | TreatmentsOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are more than 3.5 million sports-related injuries every year in children under 15. Sports and recreational activities contribute to nearly 20 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among American children. While most injuries heal, some can have lasting effects. As a parent, here’s what you need to know about preventing and treating…

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  • Amniotic Banding Syndrome, What is it?

    10/13/2013 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    Earlier this year, Mellisa Hege spent some time with the Craniofacial Team at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, shadowing Patricia Terrell, RN, a team member. During that time she became interested in the care of patients with Amniotic Banding Syndrome, after seeing a child with this diagnosis and this article is the result of her work to learn more about the condition. Amniotic Banding…

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  • New Hope for Scoliosis Patients

    10/08/2013 | TreatmentsOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

    When it comes to scoliosis, the abnormal, side-to-side curvature of the spine, early detection is key to achieving the best possible outcome. Rarely, scoliosis occurs in children under three years of age, when it is called infantile, or early onset, scoliosis. Signs of early onset scoliosis include asymmetry in the shoulders and back, or one side of the back protruding as the child bends forward. Left…

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  • Procedure Promotes Bone Growth And Lengthens A Child’s Shorter Leg

    09/20/2013 | TreatmentsOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

    Donna Morris has one thing to say about the limb-lengthening surgery performed to help equalize the length of her son’s legs. “Nobody says it’s going to be easy, but it’s worth it.” Her son Samuel was born with a condition called fibular hemimelia, which would have caused his right leg to be significantly shorter than his left by adulthood. In April, George Gantsoudes,…

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  • Samuel Morris just had his eighth birthday. His right leg was recently lengthened in a surgery performed by Dr. George Gantsoudes.

    Surgeon Treats Children Whose Limbs Are Uneven

    09/18/2013 | TreatmentsOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

    Soon after eight-year-old Samuel Morris was born with a condition called fibular hemimelia, his family was encouraged to consider amputation of his right leg, which was shorter than his left and not expected to grow proportionally. “We didn’t think that was a good option if something else could be done for Samuel,” says his mother Donna Morris. Although many families choose that difficult…

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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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  • Through the Eyes of the vonDielen-Curtis Fellow in Craniofacial Surgery

    08/06/2013 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    Dr. Michael Friel was the vonDeilen-Curtis Fellow in Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery for 2012-2013. Here are his thoughts as he completed his year of training at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. In selecting a program for subspecialty training in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery, I focused on a few key critical elements. First and foremost, the people involved…

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