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How to have 'the talk' with your teen


Here are 10 tips for talking about the facts of life from experts at Advocates for Youth, along with additional information on how to elaborate and start a discussion with your teen from a Be Proud! Be Responsible educator.

Specialties:
Child and Family Support Services
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Be safe and seen this Halloween!


Halloween celebrates all things scary and spooky, but it's never a good time to feel scared for children's safety. There are several easy steps parents and kids can take to reduce their risk of injury.

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Emergency Medicine
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5 signs your child’s sniffles are an allergy


There are no hard and fast rules that can tell you if the symptoms are allergic or not. Here are some tips that can help, though.

Specialties:
Allergy and Immunology
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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.

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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.

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Neuroscience Institute