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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Heart, Technology

The ‘will’ to survive a heart defect

Few other moments in life compare to the joy of finding out you’re expecting a baby. And with today’s technology, parents can monitor their baby’s development as he grows in the womb. For Lindsey and Greg Bironas, this proved to be bittersweet. When Lindsey was just 12 weeks pregnant, an ultrasound revealed fluid in the…

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Neurosciences, Norton Childrens Medical Group

Ways to stop brain freeze ice cream headaches in kids

When kids get brain freeze, that ice cream-induced headache can quickly bring an otherwise happy child to tears and take the fun out of enjoying a cold treat on a hot day. What causes brain freeze? “A brain freeze is a short-term headache caused when ingesting cold substances,” said Brian Plato, D.O., neurologist and headache…

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8 products that could hurt your baby

Every year, more than a quarter million kids are injured by dangerous or defective toys. The Courier-Journal recently compiled a list of recalled products that local parents of young children need to watch out for. http://www.courier-journal.com/story/life/wellness/family/2016/07/07/8-recalled-products-can-lead-serious-injuries/86710536/ Want to receive recall notices on child products? Sign up here.

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Under the influence … of parents

Here’s a staggering fact: One-third of all teenagers drink. Teen drinking is an issue — and if you think your teen is not doing it, the statistics hint otherwise. According to a recent survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six teens drank alcohol before age 13, and about the…

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Hold up before you Pokémon GO!

Pokémon GO has taken Android and iOS users by storm — so much so that the company’s servers collapsed due to users’ response to the new version of the beloved game many millennials grew up playing. The new generation of Pokémon has players of all generations walking between the real world and a virtual world…

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Keep calm and meditate

Imagine a vast ocean with turbulent waves on the surface. The waves are choppy and unpredictable, at times even overpowering. Daily hassles, demands and stressors can feel much like a turbulent ocean. Now imagine sinking deeper into the ocean floor, beneath the waves, where all is still. We spend much of our time and energy…

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Legislation, Teens

How I took on Capitol Hill

Anna-Maria Beck, a 17-year-old Sacred Heart Academy student with an inoperable brain tumor, led a delegation to Washington, D.C. Beck, along with a team from Norton Children’s Hospital, met with lawmakers to push new legislation, including the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2015 (ACE Kids Act), which would make it easier for children…

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Norton Childrens Hospital, Teens

Norton grants $1.25 million for UofL research

As partners in providing specialized care to the children of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, Norton Healthcare has granted $1.25 million to the University of Louisville to support research initiatives related to a host of pediatric subspecialties. Areas receiving grants are pediatric cardiac regenerative medicine, pediatric surgery research, the Norton Charities Pediatric Clinical Trials Unit, the…

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Tips to survive noisy neighbor fireworks

Fireworks or sleep, fireworks or sleep … that is the question many of us will be asking ourselves as Monday night’s Fourth of July festivities get started. Don’t get me wrong — I love a beautiful fireworks display and am spoiled by our city’s Thunder Over Louisville extravaganza each April. But come 8:30 or 9…

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Hand Surgery

Don’t let your child’s 4th end like this

“Flames were shooting into her hand. She kept screaming.” That’s how Marc Janson recalls his Fourth of July last summer. Janson and his daughter Caroline, then 6 years old, were playing with handheld smoke bombs, lighting the end that shoots smoke while holding the other. It seemed simple enough — they’d used these fireworks dozens…

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