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  • Orthognathic /Jaw Surgery in Patients with Clefts

    06/11/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    Does your child really have a large lower jaw or “underbite”? Children and teenagers with a history of facial clefting often have the appearance of a large lower jaw. Actually a very small amount of these patients have a true large lower jaw (also called mandibular hyperplasia). What is really happening is they have a small upper jaw (or maxillary hypoplasia). Because the teeth are connected…

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  • Back to Sleep and Tummy to Play: Why is this so Important?

    05/30/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    The Back to Sleep campaign began in 1994 as a way to educate parents, caregivers, and health care professionals about ways to reduce the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The campaign was named for its recommendation to place healthy babies on their backs to sleep. Placing babies on their backs to sleep reduces the risk for SIDS, also known as “crib death.” Since the campaign…

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  • The Annual Meeting of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association

    05/16/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    Riley was There The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) hosted its 69th annual scientific meeting April 17-21 in San Jose, California. Members of the Cleft and Craniofacial Team at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health were there, attending lectures, giving presentations, and chairing and sitting on national committees. The ACPA is an international organization…

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  • Why do we go to professional conferences?

    05/14/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    Over the past two months, I have attended 2 professional conferences out of town. The first was to attend the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ (NAPNAP) 33rd Annual Conference on Pediatric Health Care in San Antonio, Texas. I attend this meeting every few years to hear what’s new in the field as well as to maintain certification and licensure. Historically, NAPNAP has…

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  • Through the Eyes of a Medical Student

    05/08/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    My experiences at the Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health have been exceedingly educational and fulfilling. Going into this rotation, I was hoping to get a better understanding of craniofacial birth defects and the indications and techniques for plastic surgery. However, I was not expecting to be involved in such a vast array of people working together as a team…

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  • Why Your Team Visit Includes a Speech Pathologist

    05/02/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    An evaluation with the speech pathologist (SLP) is often a routine part of your child’s visit to the Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic. At Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, we feel that your child’s speech is one of the most important outcomes from your child’s cleft and/or craniofacial care. Not surprisingly, when you see an SLP, most of the visit with your child…

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  • Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple Donates $2500

    04/25/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    The Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple recently donated $2500 to the Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic to upgrade the clinic’s digital photography program. The Broad Ripple club operates under the umbrella of Sertoma Organization whose motto is “SERvice TO MAnkind”. Their primary mission is to provide services to the hearing community. The club donated the initial funding for the clinic to…

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  • Reflections: The Benefits of a Children’s Hospital

    04/12/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    I frequently am asked if there are any differences in the experience of being in a children’s hospital versus a children’s wing of an adult hospital. The short answer is yes. The longer answer is emphatically yes, and it has to do with issues that I hadn’t anticipated to be important before I started to work here. Superficially, the entire hospital façade is fun and child oriented.…

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  • Audiology Testing Part 2

    04/11/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    In last week’s blog post, we introduced you to two of the tests commonly used by the Audiologist at your visit to the Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. This week we conclude our discussion of the test battery that is used to determine the functional status of your child’s ears and how well your child is hearing. After we have done…

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  • Audiology Testing Part 1

    04/05/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    What are all those different tests that Audiology uses and why? When you see an Audiologist at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health as one of your specialty visits combined with your Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic visit, we will help determine the functional status of your child’s ears and how well your child is hearing. We do this through a combination of different test procedures…

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