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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Video Interview: Holiday Hazards

Is your home child- and pet-proofed for the holidays? In this week’s Take Charge Parenting interview, Marissa Rodriquez, an Injury Prevention Specialist from Children’s HealthSM Children’s Medical Center, gives parents advice about keeping your home safe from hazards during the holidays.   Previous Take Charge Parenting Interviews Diabetes Management When to Take Your Child to the ER Good Allergies Teen Depression [...]

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Prescription for a Happy Holiday – Remembering Your Child’s Medications

Even during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, your child’s health is top priority. Here at Children’s HealthSM, we’re here to help with a handy healthy holiday checklist you can use to remember your child’s prescription medicines. If your child takes a prescription medication, you know that forgetting even a single dose can [...]

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Surviving the Holidays: How to Support Your Kid’s Healthier Nutrition Habits During the Holidays

Q.  My child and I participated in your Get Up & Go Healthy Lifestyle Program where we learned to eat more fruits and vegetables and stopped drinking sugary drinks like soda and sweet tea. With the holidays upon us, I am now afraid that our holiday eating may undo all of my child’s progress. How [...]

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Vacation Checklist – Healthy Holiday Travel Tips

Whether you’re taking a day trip to see the holiday lights and pretty poinsettias in a nearby town or traveling across the country to share feasts and festivities with relatives this holiday season, you’ll need essential supplies to keep your children happy and healthy along the way. One thing every parent should always have close-at-hand [...]

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Video Interview: Diabetes Management

How do you manage your child’s diabetes? In this week’s Take Charge Parenting interview, Kathryn Sumpter, M.D., a Pediatric Endocrinologist at Children’s HealthSM Children’s Medical Center, gives parents advice about diagnosing and managing a child’s diabetes. Previous Take Charge Parenting Interviews When to Take Your Child to the ER Good Allergies Teen Depression Ear Infections What Is Sudden Cardiac [...]

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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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