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Connecticut Children's Blog provides important perspective on pediatric health from the same voices that care for our patients at Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
We know that parents and families may have many questions regarding the coronavirus. To ensure there is a trusted one-stop resource, we have launched the Connecticut Children’s Pediatric COVID-19 Hotline. COVID-19 Hotline: 833.226.2362 Connecticut Children’s is committed to the health of our patients, families and communities. Right now, that includes keeping you informed about the […]
Posted In: Infectious Diseases
With coronavirus on everyone’s minds, we know parents are looking for advice to keep kids healthy. John R. Schreiber, MD, MPH, Connecticut Children’s interim chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, joins the blog to answer your questions. Is there any information on coronavirus that’s specific to kids? What we know so far is actually a piece […]
Fredrik was two months old when he started struggling to keep down food. No matter what parents Marie and Josh Pinheiro tried, “he was spitting up and vomiting at all hours of the day,” says Marie. “Nothing helped.” Two months later, the wheezing and coughing started. At an age when he should have steadily put […]
Posted In: Healthy Homes
Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics released guidelines endorsing, and advocating for, earlier access to weight loss surgery for teens with severe obesity. Is bariatric surgery right for your family? Melissa Santos, PhD, from Connecticut Children’s bariatric team joins the blog to answer your questions. What’s changed in the new weight loss surgery guidelines? The […]
Posted In: Surgery
February is Heart Month, a good time to make sure your child is getting the physical activity they need. The American Heart Association recommends children ages 6 to 17 get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Preschoolers and toddlers need even more than that. But it’s also February in […]
Posted In: Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Immunizations and blood tests keep us healthy, but they’re not exactly fun. For one out of five people, grown-ups and kids alike, they’re linked to a genuine fear: “needlephobia.” To help your child overcome any fear of needles — or better yet, prevent them from feeling afraid in the first place — try these preparation […]
Posted In: Family Resource Center
Upon entering a room, here are some things that 3-year-old Vondel is likely to do: take off his shoes, start running laps and pause only to coax a smile out of whoever’s in range. He’s a trickster, say parents Jade and Douglas, and a natural comedian. The Cardiology and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) teams […]
At 2 and a half years old, Lincoln is a chatterbox, a flirt and in the words of mom Jennifer, “a ham and a half.” He is also the survivor of five congenital heart defects. “They ended up like family” Lincoln’s heart defects were discovered the day after he was born, in a routine oxygen […]
Science, gymnastics, basketball, Chinese — at age 11, Samara has a lot of passions, and a signature approach to all of them. “I really like winning,” she says, flashing a megawatt smile. “My classmates voted me ‘Most Competitive’ and I’m proud of it.” But not long ago, her ambitions were sidelined by health issues. She […]
Posted In: Gastroenterology
Every month, hundreds of new apps and digital games are released for kids — some beneficial, some harmless and some your child is definitely better off without. How do you choose? Connecticut Children’s Child Life Specialist Christine Tatem shares tips. Decide on a goal. Do you want something that promotes learning? Expands creativity? Helps your […]
Posted In: Media Use/Screen Time
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