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Parents: Here’s the updated vaccine schedule from the American Academy of Pediatrics


Measles had all but disappeared in the United States, but we’re currently seeing outbreaks in pockets of the United States with low vaccination rates. A seemingly common disease, like the flu, might not be fatal to your child, but could very well be fatal to another.

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General Pediatrics
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A warning for parents: Teething necklaces and beads


Teething necklaces and beads are a popular alternative treatment to teething pain. But, are they effective and safe? The answer is no.

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Community Services
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Parents: Why it’s important to look at quality scores when choosing a heart program for your child


Each year in the United States an estimated 40,000 parents learn their newborn has a heart defect. The news triggers a whirlwind of critical decisions to be made—and the sooner the better. Does my baby need heart surgery? Who is the best surgeon? Do we need to travel for care, and how will we deal with this financially?

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Heart Institute
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Making the transition from a pediatrician to an adult doctor


Unfortunately, only about 15 percent of youth receive the support they need in making the transition to adult health care, according to a 2016 report from the National Survey of Children’s Health. In response, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), along with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the American College of Physicians (internal medicine doctors) have updated their re...

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General Pediatrics
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How to protect yourself and your children during peak flu season


The flu is upon us. Le Bonheur Pediatrician-in-Chief Jon McCullers, MD, discusses prevention and treatment.

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Infectious Disease
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Cannibidiol (CBD) oil treatment for epilepsy


Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital neurologist and co-director of the Neuroscience Institute, James Wheless, MD, recently hosted a Facebook Live Q&A discussing cannabidiol (CBD) oil and its use with epilepsy patients. He was joined by the Eagle family whose son, Jackson, has seen relief from seizures as part of a CBD trial at Le Bonheur.

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Neuroscience Institute
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5 facts about RSV every parent needs to know


Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a very common illness during the winter months, especially for babies under the age of two. RSV attacks the lining of the airways and lungs. This winter, prepare yourself with these five important facts about RSV.

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Infectious Disease
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What all parents should know about Type 2 Diabetes


Once believed to be an illness only adults were diagnosed with, an estimated 5,000 children are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes yearly. If you believe your child is at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, talk to your child’s pediatrician right away.

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5 ways to help kids with food allergies navigate the holidays


Candy canes, stuffing, pumpkin pie and more! Holiday foods are some of the tastiest of the year, but for children who live with food allergies a delicious spread of food can contain potentially life-threatening ingredients. Here are some ways you can help children with food allergies navigate the holidays safely while still enjoying the tastes of the season.

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Nutrition Therapy