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  • 100 Deadliest Days of Summer: ATV Safety Right Size, Right Place, Right Helmet: Ride On!
    Recreational sports are popular for families in the Natural State. One popular sport is four-wheeling or riding ATVs (all-terrain vehicle). Sam Smith, MD, surgeon in chief at Arkansas Children’s offers some advice and safety tips for parents when it comes to off-roading.
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  • 100 Deadliest Days: Teen Driving
    The sunny summer days from Memorial Day to Labor Day can be a lot of fun for kids, but they are also the most dangerous. We asked Sam Smith, MD, surgeon in chief at Arkansas Children’s to talk about what has been called the ‘100 Deadliest Days of Summer.’
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  • Watch the Juice - Nutrition Tips for Parents of Juice Lovers
    Most kids love juice. They want it first thing when they wake up and at lunch and dinner and for snack, etc. In fact, if you let them, they would probably drink it all day. There is a common misconception that since the word “fruit” is on the label, it must be good. We asked our Director of Clinical Nutrition Shannon Hendrix, MS, RD, LD her advice about juice and how much kids should drink.
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  • Parent’s Guide to ‘13 Reasons Why’
    The Netflix original series, ’13 Reasons Why’ has been gaining a lot of attention – both positive and negative. The show deals with a sensitive subject: teen suicide. Greg Adams, program coordinator of Arkansas Children's Center for Good Mourning, says if your child wants to watch the show, to watch it with them. That way, you will be able to talk about what your child sees and thinks about the variety of issues the show addresses. He also advises that if your child is already struggling or is emotionally at risk, then this popular show may not be the thing to watch.
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  • Make Bedtime a Dream for Your Kids, You
    According to the National Sleep Foundation, a baby’s sleep-wake cycle begins to develop at about six weeks, and by three to six months most infants have a regular sleep-wake cycle. By the age of two, most children have spent more time asleep than awake. But, when your child doesn’t sleep, it can feel like your dream child has become a nightmare.
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  • Are You Stressed Out? It's Time to Relax
    In honor of National Stress Awareness Month, we asked Arkansas Children’s Wellness Coordinator Becky Wade, to share some thoughts and tips about stress management. Hospitals can by very hectic at times. Maintaining healthy stress levels is important for our staff who are taking care of patients and families. Additionally, it’s important for parents, caregivers and people in authority to keep their stress levels in check.
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  • Donate Life Month - You Have the Power to Save Lives
    Many grieving families of organ donors can take comfort in the fact that their loss may help save or improve the lives of others. On average, about eight lives can be saved or improved through organ donation and 50 lives can be saved or improved through tissue and eye donation.
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  • Potentially Poisonous - Hand Sanitizer
    In honor of National Poison Prevention Week (March 19-25), Arkansas Children’s is calling attention to a dangerous and potentially poisonous item that most people use on a daily basis: hand sanitizer. Children are ingesting this gel, usually on accident and getting very sick.
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  • Dog Bites Spike After the Holidays
    In the weeks after Christmas, Arkansas Children's Hospital sees more Emergency Room visits and admissions for dog bites.
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  • 5 Things Parents Should Know About E-Cigarettes
    While our 20th century ancestors once thought otherwise, we today know that there is in fact no safe cigarette. The idea of being able to safely ingest nicotine, a chemical more addictive than heroine, without any adverse effects on the human body is a myth so epic that it rivals the Sasquatch. Yet, here we are well into the 21st century and people are asking if the most recent evolution of the cigarette is safe.
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  • Tips to Improve Your Kids’ Trick-or-Treat Experience
    Arkansas Children’s Injury Prevention Center has some suggestions about how to make the night go as smoothly as possible.
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  • Halloween Safety Tips
    As you prepare to head out Halloween night with your little goblins, pint-sized pirates, and frilly fairies, here are a few safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to make sure everyone has fun and gets home safely.
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  • Why All Young Women Need Folic Acid
    Folic acid is more than a standard pre-natal vitamin. It’s an important building block that helps our bodies produce new cells.
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  • Roll Up Those Sleeves and Take a Flu Shot Soon!
    The good news is that the traditional injectable vaccine is incredibly effective. It’s absolutely the best way to protect your children and family against the flu.
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  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Athlete from Being Hangry at Kick-Off
    We’re a month into football season, but coaches are still seeing athletes show up for practice and games without a proper meal. This is a no-no!
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  • New Technology Makes Treatment of Flat Spots Much Easier for Infants and Families
    A baby’s brain grows fast, especially in the first year. Their skulls are made of soft, mobile bones to help with delivery and gives the brain the space it needs to grow.
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  • Experimental Treatments Help Arkansas Children with Cancer Live Longer
    We’re focusing on experimental therapeutics here at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. We want to find new options for families that don’t have anywhere else to turn. This underscores our commitment to creating healthier tomorrows for all kids.
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  • Saturday Morning Sports Injury Clinic Gives Families Solutions to Friday Night Injuries
    Now that football season is here, we're seeing an increase in acute injuries – from the quarterback who took a hard hit to the cheerleader who fell from a stunt. We see band members with strains and sprains, too.
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  • Mumps Outbreak Highlights Importance of Vaccines
    Here’s the takeaway from the ongoing mumps outbreak in Northwest Arkansas: Children MUST be vaccinated against communicable diseases.
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  • Is Your Kid a Bully? What Happens Next?
    No one wants to believe that their child can be a bully, but sometimes parents suspect that there may be a problem. We asked Jayne Bellando, PhD, a child psychologist with Arkansas Children’s and UAMS, how families can detect and appropriately address bullying with their children.
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  • Appendicitis Can be Overwhelming, but Recovery is Usually Quick
    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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  • Early Detection & Treatment Can Prevent a Concussion from Sidelining Young Athletes for Long
    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.
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  • Fighting the Flu Starts with Not Just You, But Your Entire Community
    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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  • Touch Screens Can Lead to Parents who are Out of Touch with Kids
    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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  • Bullying's Evolution Amplifies its Effects
    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.
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  • Is that a Fracture? After-School Fun Can Lead to Emergency Room Visit
    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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  • Headed to the Duck Blinds or Deer Stand? Time for a Safety Refresher
    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.
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  • Red Bump Causing Little One Pain? Don't Blame the Itsy Bitsy Spider
    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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  • Beware the Button Battery: Tiny Discs can Lead to Big-Time Health Scare
    Parents sometimes dismiss the occasional swallowed item as a rite of "passage" in young kids. They often assume that the ingested object will, indeed, pass through their bodies quickly, and they'll see it again at a diaper change. While this may be true with older babies and some items like coins, there is a swallowing hazard that parents need to know about and stay on top of: the button battery.
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  • Commit to a Fit Family in 2014
    The statistics on childhood obesity are alarming: according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Unfortunately, I don't have to search for data to see the increase in childhood obesity; I see its rise firsthand in our clinics every day. Also evident from my day-to-day patient care are the many detrimental health effects of obesity in children and teens.
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