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Sunshine on a cloudy day

University of Kentucky freshman Said Zakaria certainly seems set up for success. Determined to one day be a dual-certified general and orthopedic surgeon, Said completed 21 hours of prerequisites through a dual-credit program at Butler […]

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Halloween still can be fun and safer

There are ways to have Halloween fun this year while taking precautions to keep your family and those around you safer. In general, you can be confident allowing your kids to trick or treat in […]

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Your child wets the bed? Here’s how to help stay dry through the night

For most families, having a child who wets the bed is a common part of childhood. But bed-wetting can be frustrating and uncomfortable for you and your child. It’s often difficult to know when bed-wetting […]

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Treating speech and other developmental delays early is important

Speech delay in toddlers is very common, along with other developmental delays in children such as motor skills, listening, understanding or social development. About 15% to 20% of children nationally are affected by developmental delays. [...]

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New facility dog to join Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital pediatric emergency team thanks to Northwestern Mutual

Northwestern Mutual has made a gift of $68,000 that will bring another facility dog to Norton Healthcare’s Heel, Dog, Heal program. Edie, a 2-year-old golden retriever, will join the team in the pediatric emergency department at […]

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When kids should get a flu shot: 2021 edition

With this year’s flu season coinciding with the resurgence of COVID-19, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will maintain its vaccination recommendations from 2020. In other words, pediatricians urge parents to get their kids’ flu […]

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Open Arms Children’s Health now part of Norton Children’s Medical Group

As of Oct. 1, Norton Children’s Medical Group has assumed operations of Open Arms Children’s Health, a service of Home of the Innocents. Norton Children’s now provides general medical, audiology and psychiatric care on-site at […]

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What should you be asking your pediatrician … but you aren’t?

When you’re a parent, questions come with the territory. Pediatricians are always happy to answer those questions about everything from diaper cream to bedtimes for teenagers. What about those topics your pediatrician wishes you asked […]

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Rounding the Bases

An active 9-year-old couldn’t have asked for a better summer. Alaina Kenney enjoyed playing softball in the perfect, hot summer sun. She loved boating and tubing frequently on Rough River Lake with her family. After […]

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Wonderfully Typical

As Audrey Sims talks on the phone, her 7-year-old twin boys can be heard enthusiastically enjoying the video game they are playing upstairs. “We picked up video games when the pandemic hit,” Audrey said. “It […]

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10 childhood cancer facts

Childhood cancer fact: Childhood cancers make up less than 1% of all cancers diagnosed each year, accounting for about 10,500 children in the United States under the age of 15. Childhood cancer rates have been […]

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Summertime RSV outbreak may signal prolonged traditional RSV season

The respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) outbreak of 2021 brought unprecedented summertime levels of the infection to states like Kentucky, raising some concerns about the traditional cold-weather season for RSV. At Norton Children’s, health care providers […]

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A ‘PKU test’ looks for far more than one rare condition

Sometimes known as a “PKU test,” a genetic screening for newborns actually checks for a wide range of genetic disorders. PKU, an abbreviation for phenylketonuria, is a rare inherited disorder that causes the phenylalanine amino […]

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Symptoms aren’t enough to know the difference between flu and COVID-19

Flu and COVID-19 symptoms can be the same, leading to confusion and anxiety for parents with children feeling under the weather. If your child experiences symptoms such as a fever and cough — or if [...]

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Muscular dystrophy tests include genetic, muscle and nerve examinations

Tests to diagnose muscular dystrophy generally look for genes associated with inherited muscle diseases and include measures of muscle strength and neurological tests along with other examinations to rule out other causes of symptoms. Before […]

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