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7 dangerous things teens do while driving


More than 2,500 teens die in car crashes every year, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. What behaviors increase your teen’s risk for getting a car accident?

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Top 10 ways to baby proof your home


Baby proofing your home is essential to keeping children safe. Susan Helms, Le Bonheur’s Director of Injury Prevention and Safe Kids Mid-South, shares a few simple tips on how to prevent injuries.

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Teaching kids to care


At this time of year when we reflect on our blessings and receive requests to help others in need, it is natural to also wonder, “How we can instill in our children the desire to help others less fortunate?” Like many of the values we would like to instill in our children, there isn’t necessarily a proven formula or set of steps that guarantee we will be successful.

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Keeping up with your child online


This holiday season, many kids and teens will receive their first digital device.Parents need to pay attention to and communicate with children about all applications they are using on cell phones, tablets, computers and any other device with internet access.

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Toy safety tips to remember this holiday season


While parents are on a mad-dash to scoop up the hottest toys, Susan A. Helms, Director of Injury Prevention and Safe Kids Mid-South, led by le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, advises that safety should be at the top of their wish lists.

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Safe Sleep: Understanding New AAP Recommendations


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

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Top 5 common infections that usually do not need antibiotics


It’s very important that we only use antibiotics when we really need them because overuse of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistant bacteria in your body, in our community and in our hospitals.

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Sports specialization: good or bad for kids?


Children today are opting to specialize in a sport at an earlier age – forgoing the chance to play multiple sports throughout the year in order to focus on one. Webb Smith, PhD, an exercise physiologist at Le Bonheur, weighs in on this phenomenon.

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FluMist, shots: What parents need to know this season


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the flu nasal spray is ineffective and should not be used in 2016-17. Dr. Sandra Arnold, division chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Le Bonheur, addresses concerns and explains why getting a flu shot is important.