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Don’t drink the finger paint!

While most parents are worried about back-to-school shopping, early bedtimes and homework, there’s something even worse that can ruin your child’s school year: being poisoned. Every year, the Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center receives hundreds of calls from teachers and parents across the commonwealth involving a child who may have been poisoned at school. While…

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When you’re an eyewitness to a tantrum

I’m the mother of a fabulous 2-year-old boy. Casey is funny, loving and rambunctious. He’s also one package of M&Ms away from a temper tantrum in the middle of a grocery store. I know this day is coming, and I already dread it. Two-year-olds are on their own emotional roller coaster as they test limits…

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The internet stole my life

I decided to give up the internet. No more surfing websites, chatting on social media, playing video games or watching Netflix. When I turned my smartphone and two tablets over to my parents, it felt like a nightmare and I thought I would have serious withdrawal issues. So, why did I do it? I realized…

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Ask; don’t stare

Fifteen-month-old Kinsley Pruitt was born prematurely with major health issues. For the most part, she appears to be like most other toddlers — learning to walk and explore the world around her — except she has a G-tube. This is a tube that comes out of her abdomen and allows her to be fed directly…

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Maternal-Fetal Medicine, NICU, Norton Childrens Hospital, Norton Womens & Childrens Hospital, Patient Stories

Our normal may not be your normal

We all can probably agree that the world needs less judging and more compassion. Negative behaviors usually stem from lack of understanding about what another person is going through. This is especially true when it comes to medical issues. Young mother Shelly Pruitt shares her story about how outward appearances don’t give the full story…

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Is your noisy home hurting your toddler?

Is your TV or radio playing most of the day? It could affect how your child can learn new words, according to a study from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. When looking at children between 22 and 30 months, learning new words was easier when their living area was quiet versus noisy. By 18…

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Splashin’ fashion!

Do you have your outfit chosen for next weekend’s Splash ‘n’ Dash 5k walk/run at Beckley Creek Park? It should be a combo of form and function — but don’t forget a splash of color! Watch this slideshow for inspiration. Haven’t registered for the race yet? There’s still time to help kids at Norton Children’s…

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Bike to Beat Cancer, Cancer, Norton Childrens Medical Center

I ride for kids with cancer

My wife, Mary Jo, and I have been connected to Norton Children’s Hospital as volunteers since 1995, but fast-forward to Bike to Beat Cancer 2012. That year the event was held at Norton Children’s Medical Center and I worked as a volunteer. Being a bicycle rider, as I chatted with a few people involved with…

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What to watch when it’s too hot outside

It’s going to be a scorcher this weekend. Since tanning isn’t good for your health and we’ve told you to avoid mosquitoes, you might just decide to stay in. Not to worry, sitting in a cool, dark room watching a movie might just be a great way to beat the heat. Why not turn it…

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5 July recalls you need to know about

By now you’ve likely heard Ikea is recalling 29 million dressers and chests because they can fall on young children. Three kids have died as a result. While these types of massive recalls receive significant media attention, thousands of others fly under the radar. Erika Janes, R.N., child safety advocate for the Children’s Hospital Foundation…

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Norton Childrens Hospital, Orthopedics

To ice or not to ice?

You’re at the ballpark watching your son’s game when suddenly he’s hit in the shoulder by a hurtling line drive. He doubles over in pain. Then the star base stealer skids into second, resulting in several cuts on his arm and an abrasion on his side. The coach pulls them from the game and applies…

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Using the whole box of crayons

“The best use of imagination is creativity. The worst use of imagination is anxiety. – Deepak Chopra Think back to when you were a child and you used your imagination to build, explore and create. Creative play is crucial to growth and development, and allows us to discover our natural creative talents. Unfortunately, as we…

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