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Concussions in kids: What you should know

Posted on November 13, 2017

Fall sports are ramping up. Do you know the facts about kids and concussions — and how to keep your little ones safe? Each year in the United States, approximately 2 million children suffer a concussion, which is also commonly called a mild traumatic brain injury. Concussions and other TBIs have been in the news … »


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What parents should know about bullying

Posted on November 7, 2017

It seems like bullying has been in the news a lot lately — and for good reason. According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, more than 20 percent of kids report being bullied at some time. The good news is that the number of students being bullied has actually decreased slightly in recent years. But … »


Diabetes & kids — A growing concern

Posted on October 20, 2017

When we think of diabetes, we often think of adults living with the condition. But according to the American Diabetes Association, more than 190,000 American kids are living with diabetes. And it’s the type of diabetes that’s increasingly being diagnosed in kids that’s the biggest concern. In the past, when children were diagnosed with diabetes, … »


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Exercise for kids: Are your kids getting enough?

Posted on October 10, 2017

You know it’s a good idea for your kids to stay active. But just how much physical activity is enough when it comes to staying healthy and growing strong? You’re probably familiar with the recommendation that adults get at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week. But while exercise is important for everyone, it’s … »


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The fast facts about sickle cell disease

Posted on September 25, 2017

You may have heard of “sickle cell” in the past, but do you really know what it is? September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, so let’s take a few minutes to learn a few key facts about the disease. Sickle cell disease affects around 100,000 Americans, making it the most common genetic disorder in … »


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Juice or no juice: That is the question

Posted on September 12, 2017

A glass of juice for your little one with a meal might seem like a healthy beverage choice. But is it really? For years, all varieties of fruit juice — from orange to grape and everything in between — were seen as healthier alternatives to beverages like Coke and sports drinks. But earlier this year, … »


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Headphones & your child’s hearing

Posted on September 9, 2017

It may seem at times like headphones are a natural extension of your child’s ears. But the question is — Are those headphones hurting his or her hearing? The short answer: Probably so, at least on some level. As a child grows and develops, his or her ears require protection from sounds that an adult’s … »


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Oh, those butterflies — how to ease school anxiety

Posted on September 5, 2017

School’s been back in session for a little while now. Are your kids starting to get back into the hang of the routine? Or do you have a little one who’s still feeling a little uneasy about the whole “school” thing? When it comes to school, some level of anxiety in kids is normal. It’s … »


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The connection between meningitis & teens

Posted on August 24, 2017

If your teen is headed to college this fall, you may have noticed that the meningococcal vaccine was either recommended or required. But why is that? Let’s first define what exactly the meningococcal vaccine protects against. The vaccine is designed to prevent meningococcal disease, which is a serious illness caused by a type of bacteria. … »


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Gearing up for sports

Posted on August 14, 2017

With school about to get underway for the new year, that means fall sports aren’t far behind. Do you have the gear your child needs to stay safe and protected in his or her sport? While your child’s school or community team will likely provide some or all equipment, it’s important that you as a … »


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“It’s a total eclipse of…” the sun

Posted on August 9, 2017

Are you already making plans to watch the total solar eclipse on August 21st? It’s an exciting event, but while you enjoy the sight, you need to be sure you also protect your sight. A total solar eclipse, like the one occurring on the 21st, happens when the moon passes between the earth and the … »


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Is your child’s body image healthy?

Posted on July 28, 2017

When you were young, do you remember worrying about how much you weighed or what size you wore? Probably not, but these days those worries are all too common. A 2015 study found that kids as young as age 5 are now expressing concerns about their body — concerns that previously didn’t usually crop up until … »


After childhood cancer: Understanding survivorship

Posted on July 24, 2017

In the past, treatment of childhood cancer was solely focused on curing the cancer. But today, with more and more pediatric patients overcoming cancer, there’s a new focus: survivorship. The numbers are astounding. According to the National Cancer Institute, there are now more than 15.5 million cancer survivors living in the United States — and … »


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Decoding that rash

Posted on July 19, 2017

Your little one’s skin is suddenly red and blotchy. You think it’s probably a rash, but where did it come from? Rashes, which are also called “dermatitis,” are common for both children and adults. They can have many causes and appear on the skin in a variety of ways. Treatment for a rash often depends … »


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Mom, my head hurts: 5 facts on headaches in kids

Posted on July 7, 2017

It’s midway through the day when you hear what’s becoming a common phrase, “Mom, my head hurts.” Are these headaches something serious, or just a normal part of life? While we may think of headaches as an “adult” thing, they aren’t uncommon in kids. In fact, as many as one in five children and teens … »


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What’s the deal with fidget spinners?

Posted on June 21, 2017

They’ve seemingly been everywhere the last few months, and your kids may even already have them. But what exactly is a fidget spinner? Fidget spinners were originally created as a sensory aide designed to help those with health conditions such as ADHD, anxiety or autism. You might think they are a recent invention, but some … »


3 keys to safety in the Great Outdoors

Posted on June 14, 2017

It’s officially summer, and the warmth and sun are drawing us outdoors. Combine that with the plentiful outdoor opportunities the Chattanooga region has to offer, and you have the perfect match for fun. But before you head outdoors for an adventure, whether it’s a hike around Raccoon Mountain or tubing on the Ocoee River, make sure … »


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