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4 tips for choosing the best hospital for your child


Choosing the right hospital for your child’s care is not an easy decision – but it’s one that makes all the difference, as discussed recently in an article in The New York Times. How can you ensure you’re at the right hospital? Here are some helpful tips from Le Bonheur’s Pediatrician-in-Chief Jon McCullers, MD.

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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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Does your child have a hemangioma?


Hemangiomas of infancy – often simply called birthmarks – are common vascular birthmarks of the skin. Are they ever cause for concern? We talked to Dr. Teresa Wright, chief of Pediatric Dermatology at Le Bonheur and co-director of the hospital’s Vascular Anomalies Center, to learn more.

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Breakfast swaps: 7 healthier go-to ideas


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, they say. Yet, too often, kids eat a breakfast that is high in added sugars or added fats and low in vital nutrients that help support appropriate growth as well as steady energy thorough the school day. Le Bonheur Dietitian Katelyn Wolfe, MS, RD, CSP, LDN, suggests these swaps for a better balanced breakfast.

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Getting back into routine


Now that the summer break has passed, it’s time to gear up for a new school year. We’ve all indulged in the luxury of free time, gluttonous eating, social hangouts and carefree days for the last few months, but now it’s back to reality.

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Adolescent girls at greatest risk for schoolbag-related back pain


We talked to Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon Derek Kelly, MD, for tips on how to help your child alleviate or avoid backpack-related pain.

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Free CPR training for families


CPR is one of the most important skills parents can learn. Hopefully, you’ll never need to use it. But if you do, you’ll be so glad you spent a little time learning these lifesaving skills.

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Insect repellents: What to buy for kids, babies


Concerns about Zika and other mosquito-transmitted illnesses make insect and mosquito repellent even more important this summer. We asked Le Bonheur Pediatrician Kristen Bettin, MD, to help parents know what to look for when purchasing repellents.

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Is baby powder dangerous?


Le Bonheur Pediatrician Jason Yaun, MD, weighs in on this topic for readers.