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  • What to Look For on Your Child’s Hospital Bill

    10/01/2014 | Community

    Hospital bills contain a lot of information to sift through, and can be overwhelming. However, we want you to understand what you are being charged for when it comes to your child’s hospital visit. We also want you to know that, like you, we have all been patients, too, and understand that “life happens”. Our team members are here to help you understand the information in your…

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  • Five Ways to Help Your Children Sleep Tight

    09/30/2014 | Everyday Wellness

    Quality sleep is vital for growing children. It reduces their risk for childhood obesity and diabetes while improving their ability to concentrate and remember new things in school. If your child always seems sleepy or has trouble following asleep, consider these tips to help them be their best. Know how much sleep your child needs. As children get older, they don’t need as much…

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  • Family Emergency Plan: Back to School Edition

    09/25/2014 | Family CareReady, Set, School

    Accidents and emergencies never call ahead to warn you. For families with children in school, emergencies can be particularly stressful because you may not be with them when an emergency happens. That is why it is important to have a family emergency plan in place so everyone knows what to do, who to call and where to go in case of an emergency. The good news is that schools already have emergency…

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  • Questions to Consider About Your Child’s Health to Prepare for Open Enrollment

    09/24/2014 | Community

    Open enrollment for plans offered through the Affordable Care Act starts on October 1. During this time, you can sign up your family, including your children, in a health insurance plan. To ensure you select the best insurance for your child’s needs, ask yourself a few questions. 1. What are my child’s health needs this year? If your child has a condition like diabetes or asthma,…

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  • Helping Your Child: What You Should Ask The Doctor

    09/22/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    It can be frustrating to have unanswered questions about a medical issue or health problem, especially when it comes to your child. At Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, your child’s safety is our top concern. We want to be your partner in providing the best possible care. As a member of your child’s healthcare team, you can help ensure a successful outcome when…

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  • Are Flu Shots Recommended and Safe for Children?

    09/22/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    Yes, they are safe and highly encouraged for everyone 6 months and older. Our vaccines are highly regulated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which works closely with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) among others to ensure the highest level of safety standards for the vaccine. It’s important for all kids to get flu vaccines, but especially those who suffer from asthma and other…

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  • Four Ways the Affordable Care Act Affects Your Child’s Healthcare

    09/19/2014 | Community

    Your child’s well-being is of paramount importance, so getting the most out of your healthcare plan is essential. Sometimes, the health insurance industry can be difficult to navigate, especially with recent changes to healthcare laws in the United States. President Barack Obama signed The Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010. Since then, health insurance reforms have occurred across the nation,…

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  • Teenagers and Smoking: Do They Know The Risks?

    09/18/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    Do you have a teen living at home? If so, chances are he or she has or will be offered a cigarette during their teenage years. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, each day more than 3,200 people younger than 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette, and an estimated 2,100 youth and adults who have been occasional smokers become daily cigarette smokers. Teens often smoke…

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  • Four Ways to Ease Your Child’s Separation Anxiety

    09/16/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    If crying and tantrums are commonplace in your daily preschool drop-off, your child may have separation anxiety. Many children experience separation anxiety between one year and five years old. It is usually a phase that passes quickly. You can help your child feel more comfortable when away from you by following these tips. Follow a regular schedule. Part of separation anxiety is that your toddler…

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  • How to Improve Your Child’s Mental Health

    09/15/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    As a parent, you play a fundamental role in keeping your child healthy. Often, this includes preparing well-balanced meals, encouraging proper exercise and meeting regular doctor appointments. When your child is feeling under the weather, you explore treatment options with your family physician or visit your local pharmacy for a quick remedy. In doing this, you ensure your child is physically well,…

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