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    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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  • How to Know if Your Child Has a Cold or the Flu

    03/23/2014 | Everyday Wellness

    We all worry and want to do everything we can when our child is sick. Unfortunately, though, there is still no cure for the common cold, only home remedies that can ease some of the discomfort. That’s why physicians typically don’t recommend bringing your child in for treatment of a cold — there’s really nothing much we can do, except offer some practical advice (more on…

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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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  • Is it Time to Call the Doctor?

    01/19/2014 | Everyday Wellness

    Runny noses, congestion and cough are so common in children; it’s often hard to know when they could be symptoms of something more serious. And while illnesses are prevalent during winter, parents generally have questions year-round about when to call the doctor. It’s important to remember that parents know their child best. Trust your instincts, and if you’re concerned that home…

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  • Making the Most of Your Child’s Well-Exam

    01/19/2014 | Everyday Wellness

    Taking your child to the doctor shouldn’t be reserved only for sick-visits. A regularly scheduled well-child exam is an essential component to fostering good physical, as well as developmental, health. Go in prepared, and ask the right questions. Your pediatrician knows medicine, but no one knows your child better than you. That’s why—in addition to getting your child vaccinated and…

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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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