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January
12,
2018

Laundry pods poisoning: How it happened in a child-proof home

New national study looks at pediatric exposures to laundry and dishwater detergents

With three boys in a house, ranging from 7 years old to 6 months, the Slaydons knew about the importance of child-proofing their home. After all, they’d already seen one rough and tumble boy
January
09,
2018

Hand surgery changes young man's life

At 20, man opens hand for first time since he was a baby

For most of the first 20 years of his life, Michael Jankowiak never played ball or even owned a toy. His debilitating cerebral palsy wadded his fingers into a tight fist. He barely moved
December
28,
2017

Ella Goes Home. Doctors Find Cure for Arizona Baby with Rare Genetic Disorder

Hyperinsulinism patient released from the hospital in time for Christmas

Carol and Emmanuel Vallecalle welcomed their first daughter into the world in late October, beaming with excitement. Everything seemed so perfect, they couldn’t imagine a single thing could go
December
20,
2017

Patient Turned Superhero Saves Doctor from Evil Villains

Cook Children’s oncologist “rescued” by patient as part of his wish to be superhero

A jet explodes into flames. Dastardly villains capture a Cook Children’s oncologist, take her away and tie her up at a nearby helicopter. All hope seems lost, until an urgent call is placed

Blogs

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November
13,
2017

5 Ways Parents Can Improve Their Child's Vocabulary

The 'This' and 'That' of Improving Your Child's Language

The other day I went on vacation. We went over THERE. I enjoyed it because we did THIS and THAT. There was one activity where my son caught the THING and did THIS to it. We couldn’t stop
November
02,
2017

Why is my child falling down so much?

When to be concerned about your child’s falling

As you watch your little one walking or running during play, you may ask yourself, “Is my child falling too much?” Children initially begin to walk between the ages of 12 and 15
October
27,
2017

Teaching Our Kids What It Means To Be Kind

A child psychiatrist looks at the science of kindness and empathy

In the words of Shakespeare “How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in this naughty world.” Why has kindness endured over evolutionary changes which are
September
20,
2017
Suicide in children and adolescents is a difficult topic to discuss. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among all children and adolescents in the U.S. As a mental health professional, my worst fear is a child prematurely ending his or her