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What Is Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease?

Pediatric emergency medicine physician Ebony Hunter, M.D., explains what parents need to know about hand, foot and mouth disease.

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When Do We Need Antibiotics: Myths and Facts

Pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. David Berman explains why antibiotics should only be used to treat bacterial infections.

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Common Cold in Kids: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Joe Perno, M.D., talks about what parents need to know about the common cold and viral respiratory infections.

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When Parents Should Worry about Bumps and Bruises

Ebony Hunter, M.D., explains what to look for in things like insect bites and other bruises to know whether they’re mild or whether your child may need to see a health care provider.

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Baby Constipation Symptoms

Rachel Dawkins, M.D., talks about what parents can do to help newborns and children if they’re constipated.

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Safe Sleep Tips for Parents

October is sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) awareness month. Prem Fort, M.D., explains how safe sleep practices can reduce a baby’s risk of SIDS.

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When Is Stomach Pain an Emergency?

Joe Perno, M.D., explains some common causes of belly pain in children and signs that the pain might be an emergency.

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The Benefits of Breastfeeding

Neonatologist Prem Fort, M.D., talks about why breastfeeding is beneficial for babies and shares some resources on breastfeeding for new moms.

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Stresses of Being a New Parent during the COVID-19 Era

Neonatologist Prem Fort, M.D., talks about some things parents with newborns should keep in mind amid COVID-19.

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Mental Health Strategies for Parents during COVID-19

Lacy Chavis, Psy.D., offers tips for parents and talks about the importance of things like making time for yourself and setting realistic expectations.

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On Call For All Kids: Preparing for Summer Emergencies 2020

Joe Perno, M.D., vice president of medical affairs and the vice chairman of the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, gives recommendations for children and families to be safe during this time of the coronavirus.

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What You Should Know about Babies Teething?

Pediatrician Rachel Dawkins, M.D., provides tips for parents on easing the pain of teething.

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On Call For All Kids: Disciplining Kids with Trust and Respect

Jennifer Katzenstein, Ph.D., director of psychology and neuropsychology, advises parents about how to discipline kids with fairness and respect.

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COVID-19: Symptoms in Kids, Returning to School, Doctor’s Visits and Play Dates

Juan Dumois, M.D., gives an update on the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Tampa Bay area, and top questions being asked by parents.

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Stuck inside? Six screen-free ways to keep your kids moving.

Ideas to get the whole family up and moving, from Mallory Carteaux, exercise physiologist with Fit4Allkids at Johns Hopkins All Children’s.

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Water safety: How to keep kids safe in and around water

Changes in routine and new distractions while families are home together can pose challenges in keeping kids safe from unintentional injuries. Petra Vybiralova, Safe Kids supervisor, provides water safety tips for families.

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How Do Kids’ Sleeping Habits Affect their Health?

Sleep medicine physician Luis Ortiz, M.D., talks about why healthy sleeping habits are important for children and teens.

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Tips for First-time Moms on Pre-pregnancy, Pregnancy and Postpartum

Sheila Devanesan, M.D., obstetrician and gynecologist, gives moms-to-be advice on the importance of staying healthy and self-care during the pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and postpartum stages.

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Is Coffee Bad for Kids?

Are there grounds for saying no to your kids when it comes to drinking coffee? A Johns Hopkins Medicine nutritionist and researcher serves up some answers.

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Four Tips for Researching Your Child’s Medical Condition

When researching your child’s medical condition, it’s important to turn to accurate, reliable sources that can help supplement the information you’re receiving from your child’s physician.

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Flu Season 2020: What Parents Should Know

Juan Dumois, M.D., infectious diseases physician, answers questions about the 2019-2020 flu season.

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Preventing Birth Defects

Jennifer Arnold, M.D., M. Sc., offers tips on some things you can do during your pregnancy to support your baby’s health.

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Potty Training Tips: Knowing When Your Toddler is Ready

Rachel Dawkins, M.D., shares helpful tips for parents on potty training timing and methods.

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Are Essential Oils Safe for Children?

As essential oils have been growing in popularity, Harpreet Gujral, DNP, FNP-BC, and Rachel Dawkins, M.D., share insights on children and essential oil safety.

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Finger Sucking in Children

Children will often stop finger sucking on their own between ages 2 and 4. For children that may need some help stopping, Jennifer Ziemak, M.S., CCC-SLP, rehabilitation regional manager, offers some helpful tips for families.

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How to Put Baby to Sleep

Understanding safe sleep guidelines can help protect against sudden infant death syndrome. Find tips from our expert and create a safe sleep environment for your baby.

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Dealing with Breastfeeding Challenges

Lactation consultant Megan Howard talks about how moms can find support if they face challenges with breastfeeding.

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Bug Bites, Stings and Kids

Most bug bites from mosquitos or other insects don’t need treatment, but some bites can cause a more severe allergic reaction. Rachel Dawkins, M.D., explains how different kinds of bug bites can affect kids and what parents should look for.

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Eat, Sleep, Poop – The Top 3 Things New Parents Need to Know

Having a newborn can be an exciting yet somewhat scary time, especially for first-time parents. While there’s no official guide that tells you what to do when you bring baby home from hospital, there are a few key areas new parents should focus on according to Johns Hopkins All Children’s experts—eating, sleeping and pooping.

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Comprehensive Model for High-risk Pregnancies

Guiding expectant mothers through challenges and on to a successful birth often requires expertise and collaboration.

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Early Birth, Extraordinary Care

Kassi was born prematurely at 31 weeks with Down syndrome and faced heart issues, breathing problems, kidney disease and feeding issues. The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Fetal, Maternal & Neonatal Institute managed and coordinated her early care, working to build her strength and size so she could thrive on her own.

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Types of Hearing Losses and When to See a Doctor

The Johns Hopkins All Children’s audiology team shares five types of hearing losses and what they mean.

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On Call for All Kids: Giving Your Child the Correct Medicine Dosage

From reading labels to proper storage, Rachel Dawkins, M.D., from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, shares tips for parents on ensuring children receive the right medicine dosages.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Transitioning Baby to Solid Foods

Transitioning your baby to solids? Rachel Dawkins, M.D., medical director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Clinic at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, shares some helpful tips.

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Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever? The Truth about Medical Myths

Medical myths about how to best treat fever, fight colds or manage injuries are everywhere, sometimes handed down through generations. Rachel Dawkins, M.D., from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital clarifies fact from fiction.

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Car Seat Safety: How to Keep Your Child Safe

Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines about kids in rear-facing car seats. Rachel Dawkins, M.D., from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital explains the changes.

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An All-in-One Destination to Treat a Rising Musculoskeletal Disorder

The Torticollis Clinic at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital provides children who have an atypical head tilt with the swift evaluation and treatment they need to thrive.

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Shaping a Child’s Future

From physical therapy to surgery and beyond, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Head Shape Clinic uses a wide range of care options to treat patients like Priscella.

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Myths about Vaccines

Joe Perno, M.D., shares facts and addresses some common myths about vaccines.

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Swaddle Bath for Baby

Neonatal nurses have adopted a way of bathing fragile newborns that makes for a safer and happier experience.

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Kangaroo Care Creates Bond Between Baby and Parent

Kangaroo Care creates a bond between babies and their parents that has proven to have benefits for all involved.

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Newborn Nectar

Mother’s own milk is proving to be the best medicine for low-weight preemies.

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Pediatric Feeding Problems: When You Need an Expert and How to Make Eating Fun

Eating should be a happy time for kids and families, but sometimes there are obstacles or underlying medical issues that make it difficult to enjoy. At Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, there is a team of speech pathologists who are experts in identifying a feeding problem and implementing a course of action to correct it.

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The Importance of Sleep for Kids

It’s important for everyone to get a good night’s rest but even more important for children. Rachel Dawkins, M.D., with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital talks about the importance of sleep for kids.

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Breastfeeding Tips for the First Year

Becoming a parent is very exciting and full of new experiences. Among the many decisions parents make is how they choose to feed their newborn. For those families who breastfeed, the experts at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital provide helpful tips and advice for the first year.

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Common Pediatric Rashes

Rashes are a common reason for people to visit local Emergency Rooms. Many of these can easily be treated at home while others can be suggestive of true emergencies. Joe Perno, M.D., medical staff affairs officer at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, offers tips on which rashes you should be most concerned about.

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Advice for New Moms and Moms-to-Be

Becoming a first-time mom is often a time of utter joy, but with it comes new challenges and many questions. Rachel Dawkins, M.D., is the medical director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. We sat down with Dawkins for a Q & A to learn about the top five most commonly asked questions.

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Safe Kids, Fire Rescue Offer Tips to Avoid Hot-Car Tragedies

The Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition, led by Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, and St. Petersburg Fire Rescue are warning families to look before you lock. It’s an ongoing message the organizations are spreading earlier this year after two incidents in 2017 where Florida children were left in a hot car and died from heatstroke...

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