Topic: Children’s Health

Protect your child from the wrong diagnosis
Apr 26 2016

Is your child at risk for the wrong diagnosis?

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

An Institute of Medicine (IOM) study found that 12 million Americans receive the wrong diagnosis each year and that nearly every American will experience at least one misdiagnosis in his or her lifetime. The IOM study focused on adults who received the wrong diagnosis, but some researchers believe the problem could be just as significant... Read More

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Apr 12 2016

Help your child manage a chronic health problem away from home

Disease Management, Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

If your children are living with a chronic health problem like diabetes, asthma, depression or anxiety, or epilepsy, it’s important they know how to get the care they need when they’re away from home. Whether they’re headed to summer camp or going away to school, there are steps you should take well before they leave... Read More

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Protect your family from mosquito-borne illnesses
Mar 1 2016

How to protect yourself from Zika virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses

Travel Health  •  By Miles Varn

Zika virus is the focus of a great deal of attention in the media and from researchers around the world. While the virus is a concern for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the near future, there are also several other mosquito-borne illnesses that you should also be aware of. We... Read More

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Keep college students healthy
Sep 3 2015

How can you help your child be healthier at college?

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

Whether you’re sending your child to college for the first time or you’re a veteran college parent, you probably have some questions about what you and your children can do to help them stay healthier while they’re away from home. Discussing these strategies with your children and their physician is a good first step. Get... Read More

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What should a young athlete eat
Aug 27 2015

What should your young athletes eat for a healthier season?

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

Back to school also means back to sports for many children and teens. If your children take part in an after-school sport or play on a rec league team, you can help fuel their performance and keep them healthier by providing them with a nutritious diet tailored for their higher activity level. So what should... Read More

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learning disability
Aug 20 2015

Does your child have a learning disability? Getting help early can make a big difference

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

Nearly 2.4 million students in the U.S. are currently receiving special education services for learning disabilities. That number is growing as parents, educators and physicians become more attuned to the signs of learning problems. Evidence has been uncovered that confirms what specialists have always believed—early intervention for learning disabilities can significantly improve a child’s outcome.... Read More

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emergency room safety
Jul 23 2015

Is your child at risk for medical errors in your local emergency room?

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

If your child was seriously injured or ill, you’d most likely take him or her to the closest emergency room. But not all emergency departments (EDs) are adequately staffed and equipped to provide safe, appropriate care to children. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 20 percent of ED visits are for children, but only... Read More

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Children's health while traveling
Jun 16 2015

6 ways to protect your children’s health while traveling

Travel Health  •  By Miles Varn

If you’re planning to travel with your children this summer, you’re probably ready to deal with car or air sickness, scraped knees, and sunburn on the one spot where you didn’t get the sunscreen. There are, however, several other steps you should take, especially if you’re travelling overseas, to help make the trip safer and... Read More

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summer camp safety
May 14 2015

Tips for Summer Camp Safety

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

Is your child is heading to camp this summer? Whether it’s a sleepaway sports camp, nearby day camp or wilderness adventure camp, there are steps you can take before camp starts to help keep your children healthy and safe. Ask the right questions The first step in the process of finding a camp where your... Read More

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Choosing a pediatrician
Feb 5 2015

How to find the right pediatrician for your family

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

As a parent, your pediatrician is an essential member of your family’s healthcare team. Finding a pediatrician who not only has medical expertise, but who is also someone you feel comfortable working with can take some time and research. But where do you start to find a physician who’s the right fit for you and... Read More

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