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Child with single ventricle defect thriving after surgeries, catheterizations

Avery Conover says she wants to drag race someday, just like her father, Ricky Conover. According to her mother, Kayla Conover, Avery is very independent and doesn’t give up. Kayla says that fighting spirit is […]

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Ready to get the COVID-19 vaccine for your child age 12 or older? Walk-in shots at Norton Children’s

For many parents, the spread of the delta variant has changed their view of COVID-19 and whether their children need the vaccine. Just when it seemed we had made it through, cases are rising again […]

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What happens at a child’s sports physical?

At a sports physical, a provider will examine your child to make sure they are in adequate condition to participate safely in sports. Your provider will ask for your child’s medical history and do a […]

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Growing rods and magnetic rods for early onset scoliosis

Growing rods and a new, less invasive technique — magnetic rods — offer surgical alternatives for children with early onset scoliosis who don’t respond well to casting and whose curve is likely to get worse […]

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Pequeño repunte en los casos de COVID-19 en el Norton Children’s Hospital; se anima la vacunación

This post is also available in English Después de semanas de no tener niños internados en Norton Children’s Hospital con COVID-19, ahora hay típicamente dos o tres en el hospital en cualquier momento que están […]

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A child’s first menstrual period can be especially heavy if ovulation hasn’t started

A menstrual period without ovulation — a common occurrence in adolescents — can be quite heavy as they are bleeding solely because the uterus lining has outgrown the blood supply. “This is the reason why […]

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Cleft lip and palate: 5 things to know

Cleft lip and cleft palate or a combination of the two are some of the most common birth defects in children: 1 in every 700 babies is born with a cleft lip, cleft palate or […]

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Erica Stevens, M.D., MPH forms long-term bonds with pediatric pulmonology patients

Treating children with asthma, cystic fibrosis and other respiratory conditions, Erica Stevens, M.D., MPH, gets to see her patients and their families over months and years. This ongoing relationship with patients and their families is […]

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Small uptick in COVID-19 cases at Norton Children’s Hospital; vaccination encouraged

Pequeño repunte en los casos de COVID-19 en el Norton Children’s Hospital; se anima la vacunación After weeks with no children admitted to Norton Children’s Hospital with COVID-19, there are now typically two or three […]

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Getting ready to go back to school? Here are some healthy tips

Here are some health tips to get your family off to a good start this school year. Vaccinations According to Jill S. Howell-Berg, M.D., pediatrician with Norton Children’s Medical Group – Clarksville, students are required to […]

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Immunizations: Get your child ready for school

COVID-19 disrupted the lives of children and families since the pandemic began. Parents may have put routine well visits for their kids on hold because of the coronavirus, and as a result, children have fallen […]

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Treating kids with cancer and doing what’s right

Esther E. Knapp, M.D., MBE, of Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, is a board-certified pediatric hematologist/oncologist with specialized training in pediatric bone marrow transplantation. According to Dr. Knapp, taking […]

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Sleep schedule for kids: Get ready to go back to school

During the summer, families may enjoy vacations and allow kids more unstructured time than during the school year. This can cause bedtimes to creep later and later, with children sleeping in later in the day. […]

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Hygiene for girls: Prevent vaginitis, vulvovaginitis

Hygiene for girls can be a thorny topic for parents. Teaching preteens about good hygiene isn’t easy, but it’s important. Poor hygiene can change the natural balance of the vagina and lead to conditions such […]

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Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) for children

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) is considered the best way to diagnose and monitor hypertension in children. Hypertension, also called persistent high blood pressure on repeat checks, is rising among children and teens due to […]

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