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Caffeine and kids: How much is too much?


How much caffeine is too much? Should kids have caffeine at all? Le Bonheur Dietitian Nichole Reed, RD, states that it’s important to understand the effects caffeine can have on kids. She tackles the topic.

Specialties:
Clinical Nutrition
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Safe Sleep: How to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome


The AAP provides recommendations regarding safe sleeping practices for infants from birth to one year of age.

Specialties:
General Pediatrics
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If you own a gun, prevent accidental injuries by following these safety practices


The most effective way to keep kids safe from gun injuries is to have no guns in a home where children live or play. If you do have a gun in your home, follow these important tips to prevent accidental injuries.

Specialties:
Critical Care Emergency Medicine
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Child Safety Seat Guidelines: Rear-Facing Until Age 2


In a policy statement published in Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) now advises parents to keep toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age two, or until they exceed the height or weight limit for the car seat, which can be found on the back of the seat.

Specialties:
Child and Family Support Services
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How to properly clean your breast pump


The CDC recently issued updated guidelines for mothers who use a breast pump. Le Bonheur Lactation Consultant Ruth Munday explains the new guidelines.

Specialties:
Clinical Nutrition
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Seizures in Kids


More than half a million children in the United States will have a seizure this year. They can occur at any time. Le Bonheur Children’s Chief Neurologist James Wheless, MD, PhD, who also serves as co-director of the hospital’s Neuroscience Institute, explains more about seizures, their causes and warning signs for parents.

Specialties:
Neuroscience Institute
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Vision Screening 101: When to take your child to the optometrist or ophthalmologist and what to expect


When it comes to children, how do you know if you should consult an optometrist or an ophthalmologist for eye-related issues?

Specialties:
Ophthalmology
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How to protect your eyes and safely view the solar eclipse


Does your child really need to wear special protective eye glasses to view the solar eclipse? Yes, and here's why.

Specialties:
Ophthalmology Emergency Medicine
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How to talk about suicide with your child


It’s important to know you can help prevent suicide by being aware and taking action.

Specialties:
Clinical Psychology