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The real dangers of eating laundry pods


Not only is ingesting laundry detergent foolish behavior— it can be fatal.

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Emergency Medicine
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A parent's guide to Snapchat


What is Snapchat, who uses it, and what are the key features that make it so popular? Plus more information regarding what parents can do to keep children safe on Snapchat.

Specialties:
Child and Family Support Services
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New Tennessee law bans cell phone use while driving in school zones


No phone call or text message is more important than safely reaching your destination.

Specialties:
General Pediatrics
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Why doctors should not prescribe (and parents not request) antibiotics unless absolutely necessary


In addition to the side effects that can occur in an individual who takes an antibiotic, there are effects of antibiotic use on the millions of bacteria that live in our bodies in our digestive and respiratory tracts and on our skin (the microbiome). We know that exposure to antibiotics increases the risk of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the individual and the community and can lead to infectio...

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Allergy and Immunology
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Help us prevent the spread of respiratory viruses


During flu season, we ask that children under the age of 12 not enter our critical care areas to visit with patients.

Specialties:
Critical Care
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Eosinophilic esophagitis or reflux? Signs your child has EoE


Could your child’s picky eating or spitting up be something more? We talked to Dr. Jay Lieberman, a pediatric allergist/immunologist, about eosinophilic esophagitis, an allergic inflammation of the esophagus.

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Allergy and Immunology
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5 tips for a healthier holiday season


The holidays are often associated with sweet treats but Kimberly Boone, MS, RDN, LDN, nutrition program coordinator with Le Bonheur’s Healthy Lifestyles Network, has a few tips on how to eat healthier this season.

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Nutrition Therapy
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When should I take my child to the doctor if he or she is sick?


When your doctor tells you that you have a virus, that tells you that antibiotics are not necessary at that time.

Specialties:
Infectious Disease
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What's new with the flu this season?


There are two new flu vaccines available this season which are not made in eggs. Until now, all the viruses used in flu vaccines around the world had to be grown in eggs. Infectious Diseases Chief Sandra Arnold, MD, explains this new advancement.

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Infectious Disease