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Kid’s Health & Safety

Largest Children’s Health Study in History

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Vanderbilt Medical Center is participating in the largest long-term study of child health in U.S. history beginning this winter.  The study will track 1,000 Davidson County children from birth to age 21 as part of an overall study of 100,000 children nationwide. The recruitment of women who are pregnant or who plan to be over… Read more »

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Most parents can’t fathom how anyone can hurt a child, but the truth is that child abuse and neglect affects children of every age, race and income level. Mothers and fathers unprepared for the responsibilites of raising a child can become overwhelmed by the tasks. Families coping with unemployment, divorce, substance abuse and other negative… Read more »

Mom Moments: Don’t Cry Over It!

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What mom isn’t in need of a pick-me-up from time to time? Enter Spilt Milk: Devotions for Moms (Zondervan; $12.99) by Linda Vujnov. This new book includes brief stories and meditations – at times poignant, at times hilarious – to bring you into the here-and-now by helping you gain important perspective. When Mom’s happy, everyone… Read more »

Autism: New Study Focuses on Parent Interview

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Since children with autism are unlikely to properly self-report their experiences, new research suggests that interviewing their parents may add important information to help families understand and better respond to the needs of their children, thereby easing challenges in daily routines. The interview method – called the Critical Incident Technique – asks parents to determine… Read more »

Dressing for the Weather

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Colder weather is on its way, so here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatricians (aap.org) to help you dress your child for the outdoors: Wear a hood, hat, scarf or face mask as most heat loss is at the head. Keep feet dry with waterproof boots over shoes. Wear a thermal knit… Read more »

The Swim of Things

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Safety First on or near the water Are you sure you know the realities of water safety pertaining to kids? Accidental drowning statistics are grim: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 800 children drown every year. It is the leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1 to 3, and… Read more »

Let’s Talk Teeth

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Kid-friendly care keeps teeth strong and children happy. Discover how pediatric dentists and orthodontists can benefit your child.