Kids need different health care than adults. Find ways to help your kids develop healthy habits and safe practices. From home remedies for the common cold to…
Youth baseball injuries happen just as often and severely as professional baseball injuries. While these injuries aren’t exactly 100% preventable, it’s still crucial that children are prepared through practice and communication with coaches, athletic trainers, and parents. Learn what causes youth baseball injuries and how to reduce the risk.
An outbreak of severe acute hepatitis is causing liver inflammation among children globally. This inflammation can lead to liver damage, potentially resulting in the need to replace the liver of affected children. Recent statements by the World Health Organization discussed several cases with similar results. Learn more about the hepatitis outbreak and how to protect your children.
A sudden rise in severe liver infections affecting children in 11 countries, including children within the Chicago area, is capturing the attention of health officials around the world. The severe acute hepatitis cases have led to hospitalizations and even some liver transplants in children.
You may have put off many things during the pandemic. But making time for proactive measures such as well checks and pediatric immunizations can have long-lasting health impacts on your child. Corin Marshall, MD, pediatrician at Franciscan Physician Network Heartland Crossing Pediatrics in Mooresville, recently discussed the importance of vaccines with WCBK radio.
We know that early learning can set up a child for success. A study done by researchers at Penn State University found out just how early that learning should start - by age 2. The study found toddlers with a large vocabulary were more likely to start kindergarten ready to read and learn math.
They're itchy, unsightly and annoying, but rashes are a part of life. Their causes vary, and, sometimes, so does their treatment. Rashes are very common. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, rashes can appear as blotches, welts, or blisters; they can be red, itchy, scaly or dry; and they can occur in one area of skin or all over the body.
Feeling frantic because your child is sick on a school day? You're not alone. Pediatrician Dr. Francine Pearce breaks down illnesses that are on the uptick and what parents can do when their child is sick. "One of the biggest things to keep in mind is that viruses are present all the time.
Few events are as devastating as a school shooting. Maybe discussing mass violence with your kids wasn't on your parenting radar before. But it is now. Hiding these terrible events from children isn't an option: Kids see news coverage on TV or social media, overhear people talking about it and practice active shooter drills at school. You may be wondering what you can do to help your child cope. Here are some tips to guide conversations with your child and help reassure them.
U.S. children and teenagers are still downing too many "empty calories" -- primarily from sugary beverages, sweets and pizza, a new government study finds. The study, based on a long-running federal health survey, did turn up some good news: In recent years, kids have been eating fewer empty calories, versus a decade before.
It's plant-based milks and cow’s milk so we can make informed choices at the grocery store. It’s also important to note that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends whole cow’s milk until 2 years of age due to the high fat, protein and energy needs at this stage of growth.
The 2 year old "cried, he screamed the entire time we were there," recalls his mother, Heather McMannan. "When we came back home, we immediately alerted our pediatrician, something is not right, the kid was miserable. And so with the help of the therapist at Franciscan and our pediatrician, Rowan ended up being diagnosed with autism.
“When a parent comes in with their child and they've been recently diagnosed with autism, the first thing that we do is do a lot of education and a lot of listening, because it's a scary diagnosis and parents want some answers. They want to vent their fears and then we can connect them with resources and offer them hope, and so that's the first part of it. And then we start to develop schedules and routines for home to help with behaviors and teach them behavior modification techniques."
In elementary school-aged kids, signs of learning difficulty might include confusing basic words, transposing or substituting letters, numbers and arithmetic signs, acting impulsive and even having poor coordination or being accident-prone. A child may be slow to learn or have difficulty remembering lessons. Developing the right plan for your child starts with getting a professional evaluation.
RSV is the most common cause of pneumonia in babies younger than 13. When RSV gets deep into the lungs, youngsters can struggle to breathe and may need to be hospitalized to receive oxygen and fluids. When a child has an RSV infection they cough often and can have difficulty breathing. They can have stridor (a harsh noise on breathing in) or wheeze. In some children, the infection turns to a severe respiratory disease.