Happy & Healthy: Advice from Arkansas Children's Hospital is a weekly column covering a variety of kids' medical concerns as discussed by our physicians. If you have a topic you'd like him to consider addressing, email email@example.com. Browse the topics below for more information about topics that are important to you.
In the Emergency Department at Arkansas Children's Hospital, we see this scene replay over and over: A mom comes to us concerned about a spider bite on her infant's groin or upper leg. She first noticed it a few hours earlier during a diaper change. It's red, raised and hot. She checks it again in a couple of hours and finds it's nearly doubled in size and looks even angrier. Now it's time to load baby up and head to the ER.
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No matter the season, if families are hunting in our state’s beautiful wilderness, the Emergency Department at Arkansas Children’s Hospital is treating injuries associated with guns, ATVs or basic slips and falls.
» 10 Tips for Gun Safety
It's true that emergency rooms across the nation consider summer to be their peak injury season. When kids are out of school, there are more opportunities for the kind of unruly fun that leads to falls and crashes.
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As a kid, I was smaller than most of my classmates and was definitely considered bookish. I had a late August birthday, which meant I was also a good bit younger than some of the other kids. Not only did these traits set me apart, but they also made me a target for bullying.
» Learn how to protect your child from bullying.
There's no question that the rise of touch screens has made our lives just a little bit easier. Need a quick recipe while scanning the pantry for ingredients? Easy to pull up on the tablet. Want to check the weather to see if you need an umbrella on the way out the door? Your smart phone has the forecast at the ready. Looking for a quick way to distract your toddler? Well, maybe not so fast.
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Just about every child I visit with at Arkansas Children's Hospital has the same question: "Am I gonna get a shot today?" It doesn't matter if I'm looking at a bump on their arm or a sore behind the ear, the conversation nearly always starts this way. Usually, I'm able to say no and the child brightens up. I can definitely sympathize with these kiddos because I would do anything to get out of a shot when I was younger.
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Who doesn’t love the drama of fall football? When the chill is in the air and the players take the field, it’s hard not to embrace that team spirit! But at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, we also know that with those pep rallies and thrilling plays comes the risk of additional injury to our young athletes. We want to be cautious about concussions in all children, and especially those active in sports.
» Get concussion prevention tips.
It begins with a simple complaint: "Mom, my belly hurts." Kids come to parents with all sorts of minor tummy troubles, so the parent decides to wait and see. Within just a few hours, the child seems to be hurting even more, so much so that he doesn't want to play videogames on the phone or do much of anything other than lounge on the sofa. He is not hungry, and he's not going to the bathroom much, either. So Mom begins to wonder, "Could this be appendicitis?"
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