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Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness stories


SIDS due to accidental suffocations rise sharply

In the 1990s, child safety experts launched a nationwide effort to save babies from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). It appeared to work, as the number of SIDS cases dropped significantly. Unfortunately, that trend is now heading in the opposite direction. According to a new report, the rate of SIDS has become stagnant — or […] Read More »


Tips on talking to your kids about tragedy from Norton Children’s experts

The Rev. Rick Forest, chaplain and bereavement care coordinator at Norton Children’s Hospital, and Bryan D. Carter, Ph.D., clinical pediatric psychologist at Norton Children’s Hospital and University of Louisville Physicians offer tips for helping explain tragedies to children: For younger children especially, find out what they already know. That way you know where they’re starting from. Answer […] Read More »

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Heart disease is increasing among children

Lucinda Wright, M.D., pediatric cardiologist with Norton Children’s Hospital and University of Louisville Physicians, answers some common questions about preventing heart disease in kids. Is preventable heart disease among children increasing? Why? Preventable heart disease (the type of heart disease that can be avoided with lifestyle changes) is increasing among children. This increase is largely […] Read More »

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Struggling with keeping your New Year’s resolution?

We’re now more than a month into the new year, and chances are many of us have already given up on our New Year’s resolutions. If you’re still dedicated to your resolution, congratulations! You are one of the small but mighty few who can make changes and stick with them! If you need a little […] Read More »

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Boys to men: What to expect when boys go through puberty

Boys go through a lot of changes when they reach puberty. (You can thank testosterone!) Boy Talk: Boys to Men This free parent-son class led by a pediatric urologist is designed to start the discussion about physical and emotional changes associated with puberty. It also will cover the importance of sleep, good nutrition and exercise […] Read More »

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Is my daughter going through puberty?

Every girl goes through puberty at her own pace, but it usually happens slowly over several years. It’s often hard to tell exactly when it begins or when to expect changes to happen. However, there are some outward signs you can watch for. Girl Talk: It’s a Girl Thing This parent-daughter class led by pediatric […] Read More »

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Should you use car seat accessories?

If you have a small child, you know it can be a challenge to keep them occupied in the car. Many products are available that attach to child safety seats to entertain, support and keep baby warm. But are they safe to use? A recent video out of Texas showed a mirror reflecting sun onto […] Read More »

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Active parenting: Building good behavior instead of responding to bad times

As a mom of two healthy, happy and well-behaved young girls, I thought I had parenting all figured out. My girls go to bed on time (most nights), they pick up their toys (by the time I count to three) and they eat their veggies (after some serious convincing). As a wellness specialist with Norton […] Read More »

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When should your daughter start seeing a gynecologist?

You’ve been seeing the same gynecologist for years; you feel comfortable with her and trust her. Is she right for your 13-year-old daughter’s first gynecologic visit? Whether your daughter lets on or not, you can be sure she is nervous about her first visit. You may feel clueless about what’s going on with her. She […] Read More »

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Time running out to satisfy new vaccine requirement

Many Kentucky kids will need additional vaccines before the 2018-2019 school year begins. Before the first day of classes, all students must have two doses of the hepatitis A vaccine. Although that may seem like plenty of time, parents should start scheduling appointments with their pediatricians now. “The two vaccines need to be given at […] Read More »

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It’s not too late for a flu shot that can at least ease symptoms

Symptoms of this year’s prevailing flu tend to be more severe and have caused deaths in the U.S., including people of all ages who were otherwise healthy. “The flu can be deadly, especially for young children, the elderly and pregnant women,” said Marcella D. Perez, M.D., pediatrician, Norton Children’s Medical Associates – Poplar Level. “It’s something […] Read More »

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Flu shot may be 10 percent effective

Bad news, parents: We could be in for a rough flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 7,000 cases of flu have been confirmed in the U.S. so far, which is more than double the number this time last year. While Kentucky isn’t dealing with a full-on flu outbreak, […] Read More »