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Posted by: Matthew Washam, MD, MPH on Jan 24, 2020

A new virus, officially named 2019-nCoV but commonly known as novel coronavirus, has been making headlines around the world. But what is it, exactly? And should you be worried?

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Pediatric News You Can Use From America’s Largest Pediatric Hospital and Research Center

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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Hand Containment: How Gentle Touch Can Calm Your Baby

Jan 16, 2020

Human touch is healing. A warm embrace, a hand to hold and even a gentle touch on the arm can help most of us during times of distress. Holding, and the expression of care and emotional support through touching, are the main ways that infants learn to feel safe and secure. Read More

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Are Plant-Based Diets Safe for Kids?

Jan 14, 2020

No matter the reason, hearing a child say “I want to go vegetarian!” strikes fear in the hearts of many parents. Read More

Baby Monitors

Do Baby Monitors Help Prevent SIDS?

Jan 09, 2020

Parents want assurance that a monitor will alert them if their baby stops breathing and will prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Read More

Doctor examining patients lungs

Pulmonary Embolism in Adolescents: What Parents Need to Know

Jan 07, 2020

Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a condition in which one or more of the arteries in the lungs becomes blocked by a blood clot. It is important to recognize PE early because a large blood clot in the lungs can cause damage to the heart and in very rare cases PE can be a fatal condition in pediatric patients. Read More

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Growth Charts for Premature Babies: Following Their Own Curve

Jan 02, 2020

One thing all parents have in common is worrying about their baby’s growth and development. Understanding different types of growth charts can help ease a parent’s mind. Read More


How to Improve Wrestling Quickness and Agility

Dec 26, 2019

Wrestling has evolved to become a dynamic and agile sport. While strength is still important, there seems to be new contender and strategy for winning matches - quickness! Read More

Chapped lips

How to Treat and Prevent Chapped Lips

Dec 24, 2019

Dry, chapped, irritated lips are more than just unsightly – they can be painful as well. Unfortunately, many of us are used to this feeling and see our kids suffer too. Read More


The Dangers of Magnet Toys

Dec 19, 2019

Toys with high-powered magnets can be fun, exciting and educational, but what many parents don’t suspect is that they can be dangerous. Read More