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Plastic Surgery and Teens: Right, Wrong or Somewhere in Between?

The term “plastic surgery” often brings to mind thoughts of entertainment personalities who have cosmetic surgery to keep a youthful appearance. When thinking of plastic surgery in children we usually think of reconstructive procedures such as cleft lip and palate repair, however cosmetic procedures can sometimes be the right choice for children. Cosmetic surgery procedures […]

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Is the Flu Shot Safe for Pregnant Women?

With the peak of flu season around the corner, everyone needs a flu shot, especially pregnant women. “The flu shot is absolutely safe for pregnant women,” says Jeffrey Kahn, M.D., Director of Infectious Diseases at Children’s HealthSM Children’s Medical Center. “The immunization can be given at any point in pregnancy but should be received before […]

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Elf on the Shelf: Christmas Friend or Foe?

The Elf on the Shelf, a toy based on a 2005 children’s book, is a fun and novel idea that many families have eagerly incorporated into their Christmas traditions. We asked Nicholas J. Westers, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist at Children’s HealthSM Children’s Medical Center, about the potential psychological impact of the Elf on the Shelf tradition. Here’s what […]

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The Chiari Challenge – Managing an Increasingly Common Condition

Has your child recently been diagnosed with a structural defect of the cerebellum known as a Chiari malformation? This scary-sounding, but relatively common condition is often discovered accidentally when children are screened for a different issue. Most children have no symptoms, and those who do may report nonspecific ones like headache and neck pain associated […]

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Video Interview: When to Take Your Child to the ER

When should you take your child to the ER? In this week’s Take Charge Parenting interview, Pam Okada, M.D., Medical Director of Children’s HealthSM Children’s Medical Center Plano, gives parents advice about when to call their child’s pediatrician and when the symptoms warrant a trip to the ER. Previous Take Charge Parenting Interviews Good Allergies Teen Depression […]

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Giving Thanks for Tiny Miracles

November is Prematurity Awareness Month, when the March of Dimes reminds the nation that one in nine babies is born prematurely in the U.S. Across the world, 15 million infants are born too soon each year. Premature babies can be at risk for severe health problems, which may include lifelong disabilities or threaten their survival. […]

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Video Interview: Food Allergies

What are the most common food allergies? In this week’s Take Charge Parenting interview, John Andrew Bird, M.D., Director of the Food Allergy Center at Children’s HealthSM Children’s Medical Center Dallas, talks about the most common food allergies and how to avoid them.   Leave us a comment to tell us about how you help your child avoid foods that he […]

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