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The introduction of new technology – from the earliest motion pictures to the latest smartphones – always raises concern among parents, educators, health professionals, policy makers and other adults about potentially harmful effects on our youth. Would too much attention to the latest technology exclude attention to important things like homework, chores, physical activity and face-to-face social interactions? Would there be harmful effects of exposure to the content, especially violence,... View Article

Dec 11 2018

Children are screened for hearing loss at birth, but hearing loss and hearing problems can also develop during childhood. Sometimes it’s temporary – like ear infections – but other times it’s permanent, and it can be nearly impossible to tell the difference without the proper testing. Hearing testing As they age, children often get routine hearing screenings in the pediatrician’s office or at school, but any parent who has concerns about... View Article

Dec 3 2018

Kids love to snack, but snacking can pose challenges to keeping teeth healthy. Smart snacking involves both strategic snack-time planning and selecting certain types of foods. Both can help limit the potential for tooth decay. Why is snacking more likely to promote tooth decay? The bacteria that cause dental cavities feed on any carbohydrate source we eat – sugar, bread, potatoes, rice, crackers, chips, pretzels, gummies, fruit snacks, juice, etc.... View Article

Nov 2 2018

In addition to the routine back-to-school preparation, parents and caregivers of children with asthma have a bit of extra planning to do. In the weeks after school starts, there’s a peak in asthma exacerbations (attacks), but with adequate preparation, asthma can be controlled. As a parent or caregiver, you are your child’s best advocate. Here are some tips to help control your child’s asthma when they head back to school: If... View Article

Oct 25 2018

The start of school brings new friendships, sports helmets, classrooms and unfortunately, sometimes lice! Lice cause a lot of stress for both parents and schools. Not sure how to tackle the bugs or how to prevent the invasion? We can help! Head lice are small (2-3 millimeters in size, like a seed) and gray-white in color. They live on humans and if your child is affected, you may see actual... View Article

Dec 18 2017

Distractions surround children during the school day and it’s often much more than classmates talking. During the elementary school years, children’s sensory systems aren’t fully developed. Their central nervous systems are still maturing in terms of how they process information from the senses (sights, sounds, touches, etc.) and react to it in a behaviorally appropriate way. Children are better equipped to maintain attention to tasks, respond to what’s going on... View Article

Nov 13 2017

When the school year starts, putting together healthy family meals can feel like just another part of the daily grind. Even so, there’s a lot to be gained by making meals at home a priority! There are many benefits to preparing homemade food and connecting over meals. Staying well-fueled Well-balanced nutrition means you’ll have the energy to handle all your other commitments and your kids will stay energized and focused... View Article

Nov 2 2017

The ability to make friends, keep friends and nurture these relationships over time is a good reflection of how well a person will thrive later in life – socially, emotionally and academically. Learning the qualities of a good and dependable friend paves the way for positive relationships in adulthood and provides children with an example of positive behavior to follow. The manner in which friendships evolve assists in the formation... View Article

Oct 11 2017

While all children can seem particular about their likes and dislikes, children with sensory processing disorder (also called sensory integration dysfunction) will be so severely affected by their sensory preferences that it interferes with their normal, everyday functioning. Treatment for sensory processing disorder is a fun, play-based intervention that takes place in a sensory-rich environment typically under the guidance of an occupational therapist. Many families have requested more information about... View Article

Aug 3 2016

Nearly four years after her kidney transplant, 10-year-old Jada Jackson continues to share a special bond with her pediatric nephrology team at CHoR. She describes her kidney transplant and years of continued transplant care with Dr. Bunchman, Dr. Lo, nurse Jules and other team members as a special experience.Jada was born with a kidney condition (multicystic dysplastic kidney) that can worsen over time to where there is little to no... View Article

Jul 29 2016