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Posted by: Allison Strouse, MS, AT, ATC on Feb 22, 2019

Vocal Cord Dysfunction is a disorder where the vocal cords do not open correctly when breathing. The muscles affecting the vocal cords tighten, making it harder to get air into the lungs.

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700 Children’s features the most current pediatric health care information and research from our pediatric experts – physicians and specialists who have seen it all. Many of them are parents and bring a special understanding to what our patients and families experience. If you have a child – or care for a child – 700 Children’s was created especially for you.

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Bullying Affects Everyone Involved – Even the Bullies

Feb 14, 2019

As parents, it can be upsetting and confusing to see children intentionally hurting each other physically or emotionally. When bullying occurs, we search for simple explanations and solutions. Read More

Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation: Having Fun While Getting Well

Feb 12, 2019

Therapeutic Recreation (TR) includes activities, often viewed as fun, that can provide tangible, positive, clinical outcomes for children. A psychologist named Mihály Csíkszentmihály described it as “flow” or “highly focused mental state,” where time “flies.” Read More


Snoring: When to be Concerned?

Feb 07, 2019

Whether it’s the gentle purr of your toddler or wall-shaking snoring of your teenager, snoring can be a source of concern for any parent. Recent research has shown that sleep is important in brain development, learning, staying healthy and maintaining attention. Read More


Navigating Teen Relationships in a Digital World

Feb 05, 2019

If you are the parent of a teenager, you likely know that they spend a lot of time using technology – whether it’s a cell phone, tablet or laptop. With calling, texting, internet browsing, games, social media apps and dating apps at your teens’ fingertips, it becomes difficult for parents to monitor digital behaviors. Read More

Cochlear Implants

What Are Cochlear Implants and How Do They Help a Child’s Hearing?

Jan 31, 2019

What is a cochlear implant? A cochlear implant is a device implanted into the inner ear to directly stimulate the hearing nerve. Cochlear implants may be needed when hearing aids no longer work for a child. Read More

Eighth Grade

Why Every Parent Needs to See the Movie Eighth Grade

Jan 29, 2019

Eighth Grade tells the story of Kayla Day, a quiet, nervous, 13-year-old, played beautifully by Elsie Fisher. It turns out, not much has changed since I was an eighth-grader, other than a few decades and an elephant in the room called social media. Read More

Bath Safety

Scrub a Dub Dub: Keeping Kids Safe in the Bathtub

Jan 24, 2019

Bath time is a great time to develop a routine as well as bond and play with your infant or toddler. Most children love to play in the water, sing songs and play with bath toys. While bath time can be a time for bonding, it is also important for parents and caregivers to make safety a priority. Read More

Healthy Weight and Sleep

Catching Zzzs: The Importance of Sleep in Managing a Child's Weight

Jan 22, 2019

Certain body functions related to growth and metabolism have a rhythm that are established by the sleep-wake cycle. When we don’t sleep long enough or maintain a sleep routine, these rhythms are disrupted. This can lead to changes in appetite, exercise stamina and eventually weight gain. Read More