Archive | December, 2012

Kids on bed

How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?

How many hours of sleep per day do children need at different ages? — Melanie M. A good night’s sleep is as important to youngsters as a hearty breakfast. There is no magical number of hours that they require at varying ages, but there are averages. Newborns should average eight or nine hours of nighttime […]

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Toys That Help Children Heal

Kristen Johnson, a child life specialist at Children’s, gives tips on the most helpful toys to donate and how toys help children heal in the hospital setting. Children in the hospital like the same toys as kids at home. Sometimes, they may have specific needs, depending on their medical condition or developmental level. This is why it is so important […]

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Help Your Child Cope With Today’s Shooting

In light of today’s tragic shooting in Connecticut, you should be prepared to talk to your children about the event. Pete Stavinoha, Ph.D., a child neuropsychologist at Children’s, says that while you should discuss today’s events with your children, the subject could also raise anxieties in children who see the images on TV or hear about them on the radio or […]

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Some holiday toys are safer than others

It’s so easy to buy the kids in your life a toy that looks “fun” for the holidays. But the fun won’t last long if those toys pose a choking hazard or other danger. Jesus Alderete, a coordinator with our Injury Prevention Program at Children’s, shared with us how to help keep the holidays accident-free […]

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A little girl who is all heart

It’s nearly impossible to spend time with 4-year-old Caydence Barrett without noticing her heart. You see it in the way she lovingly smiles at her parents, Joe and Stephanie Barrett; in the excitement she shows describing their summer trip to Disney World; and in the way she wears it on her sleeve when she feels […]

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