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Finding Answers to Kids Stomach Pain

Lori Muller knew that her son Eric wasn’t making up his stomachaches, even though every doctor and specialist who saw the 12-year-old couldn’t find anything wrong. He grew anxious and withdrawn, lost more than 20 pounds,and became “skeletal thin,” she says. His constant pain even prompted Lori to start home-schooling him. The concerned Mom finally […]

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Multivitamins for Kids?

Deciding whether or not children should take multivitamins can be difficult. Well-reasoned arguments are made in favor of taking them and against taking them. Here are several examples: Our Take No, multivitamins aren’t necessary for children unless they have a food allergy, renal disease, or other medical condition that prevents them from eating a full, […]

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Newborns Most Vulnerable to Highly Contagious Pertussis

Just last month, we shared information about the spike in pertussis or “whooping cough” from our expert Dr. Jane Siegel, who says the way to help prevent the spread of this disease is immunizations. Since then, Children’s has seen even more cases of pertussis, most of them being babies. Fox 4 News recently highlighted another Children’s expert Dr. Jeffrey Kahn who […]

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“Weight of the Nation” is worth your time

I knew obesity was an issue, but the first part of the four-part HBO documentary series Weight of the Nation really brought the problem into perspective for me. The first part, titled “Consequences,” premiered last month at the Studio Movie Grill on Royal Lane. “Consequences” examines the scale of obesity and the serious health problems […]

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What (and What Not) to Feed Your Kids

Feeding kids can often become a battle; feeding them healthy foods can be a war. “I have found that if you explain to your children why a food is good or not good for them, things become easier,” advises Maria-Paula Carrillo, M.S., a clinical dietitian at Children’s. “Allowing them to make certain food choices also […]

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Long-term Effects of Bacterial Meningitis

Q: What is bacterial meningitis, and are there any long-term effects like hearing or immune system issues? — Joanie Otis A: With bacterial meningitis, a lifethreatening infection, bacteria enter the central nervous system. It has rather nonspecific symptoms, such as headache and fever, so parents can confuse it with the flu in the early stages. […]

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