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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
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How to talk to your child about divorce


Often, parents believe it is better to hide reality from children and adolescents, but more often than not, children can already sense when something is wrong at home.

Specialties:
Child and Family Support Services
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Prevention and treatment information for tick borne illnesses


It is very important not to use any home remedies to remove a tick. Things like nail polish, petroleum jelly, heat or flames are not effective.

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What to put in your child's first aid kit


Make sure your family is prepared by stocking a first aid kit. Le Bonheur Pediatrician Kristen Bettin, MD, MEd, shares which items she thinks are essential for a kit.

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How to recognize signs of a stroke in children


Strokes in children are more common than you might think. Here are ways to recognize signs and seek treatment for pediatric stroke patients.

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Video: How to anchor your television and furniture


A step-by-step video guide on anchoring furniture from Le Bonheur Director of Injury Prevention and Safe Kids Mid-South Susan Helms.

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Parents’ guide to drug-resistant ‘super lice’


Research in the last couple of years has found the emergence of drug-resistant head lice in nearly all 50 states. We spoke with Le Bonheur pediatrician Elisha McCoy, MD, about drug-resistant lice and her recommendations for parents.