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Milestones Matter: Pediatrician explains importance of catching developmental delays early on


How is your child doing with his or her learning and interacting? We can find out by tracking and comparing developmental milestones, which are sets of functional skills that many children reach at a certain age.

Specialties:
Developmental Pediatrics General Pediatrics
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Pediatricians urge parents to avoid putting plastic containers in microwave, dishwasher


If possible, pass on plastic. New studies into food additives suggest that many common chemicals used in food and food containers can be harmful to the growth and development of children.

Specialties:
Nutrition Therapy General Pediatrics
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New AAP car seat guidelines


Safe Kids Mid-South, led by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, offers new recommendations for child passenger safety recently released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

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Can tick bites cause red meat allergies?


If your child has had an allergic reaction or anaphylaxis with no identifiable cause, you may now have another avenue to investigate.

Specialties:
Allergy and Immunology
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Tips for treating aggression in autism


Le Bonheur neurologist Dr. Tanjala Gipson recently held a Facebook Live Q&A addressing aggression in autism. Here are some of the answers to audience questions.

Specialties:
Neuroscience Institute
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Hot car warning: Timelapse video shows how quickly temp rises


This timelapse video shows how dangerously hot a car can get after just 30 minutes in the summer sun.

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Community Services
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Mosquito bites and West Nile virus


In Tennessee, as of July 2, 2018, there have been no human or animal cases of WNV detected yet. There have been 13 mosquito pools found to be positive for WNV, all from Shelby County. It is early in the WNV season so it remains to be seen how many infections there will be this year.

Specialties:
Infectious Disease
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Anxiety in Adolescents and Teens


Given the array of changes and uncertainties facing a normal teenager, anxiety often hums along like background noise. For some, anxiety becomes a chronic, high-pitched state, interfering with school attendance and academic performance.

Specialties:
Clinical Psychology
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How to Help a Choking Infant: Step-by-Step Instructions


Safe Kids Mid-South, led by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, recommends that parents and caregivers of children learn choking first aid and CPR.

Specialties:
Community Services Emergency Medicine