700 Children's® – A Blog by Pediatric Experts

Posted by: Sharon Wrona, DNP, PNP, PMHS , Erin McKnight, MD, MPH on Nov 30, 2022

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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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Between hectic trips to the mall for holiday shopping and frenzied airport terminals, it can be difficult to keep track of your little ones in the chaos. If you and your child are separated, having a safety plan can save their life. Read More

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People with diabetes are at higher risk for urinary tract infections (UTIs) – up to 10 times higher risk! This makes them more likely to experience kidney injury as a result of UTIs. Read More

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What Parents Need to Know About Measles

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Measles, also known as rubeola, is an infection caused by the measles virus. Symptoms include high fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, followed by a characteristic rash. The pink-red rash typically starts on the face, spreads to the neck and trunk, and then to the arms and legs. Read More


Measles Virus: Facts for Families

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Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air from coughing and sneezing. It is a vaccine-preventable infection. Symptoms of measles usually occur one to two weeks after exposure to an infected individual. Read More

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Choking Prevention: What You Need to Know

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Choking is a year-round hazard among children and a leading cause of injury and death, especially among children 3 years of age and younger. Learn how to prevent this injury. Read More

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Benefits of Starting Reading at a Young Age

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Studies have shown that children who are exposed to reading prior to preschool tend to develop larger vocabularies and are more likely to succeed during their formal education. Read More

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Primary Ovarian Insufficiency: Teenagers in Menopause

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Primary ovarian insufficiency means that the ovaries have stopped working at a younger age than typical. It used to be called premature ovarian failure and is often called premature menopause. In POI, the ovaries stop producing hormones and eggs, resulting in hormone deficiency and infertility. Read More