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5 Tips for a Safe Halloween


The countdown to Halloween in our home actually started when the stores began to deck everything in orange and black. Pumpkin decoration, costumes, candy and staying up late, what is there not to love about Halloween from a child’s perspective? This year, our family is actually venturing out into the neighborhood to trick or treat, but from a parent and…

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A Practical Baby Shower Gift List for the safety and budget-minded


Are you a practical gift giver? You appreciate the cute onesies and the stuffed animals, but you can’t help but think about the longevity and practical nature of a gift? We have a suggestion list for you and there is something for everyone no matter how limited your budget. “A new car seat and locks for various items around the house such as…

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Infant Massage – why and how

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Massage soothes and calms you, it can do the same for your baby. Touch is powerful. A tender caress on your child’s cheek before they go to school, a cuddle to comfort a crying baby, stroking a baby’s back to lull them to sleep, these touches can promote bonding, trust, communication. Massaging your baby elevates this method of communication and…

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Helping parents help their kids – During a procedure


Medical procedures can be stressful, not just for your child, but for you as well. How your child reacts will depend on a host of factors including their developmental level, level of anxiety, response to stress and past experiences. It would be impossible to eliminate all of the stressful, painful or scary parts of a medical experience, but we can help…

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Siblings share everything, including viruses: Why your healthy child might need to stay away


Keeping the sneezes and respiratory infections at bay on the Pediatric unit is no small undertaking. While a sniffle for an otherwise healthy child might be a mere inconvenience, for a child whose system is already compromised it can be downright dangerous. During this season of respiratory illness, Dr. Nancy Chen, one of our Phoenix Children’s hospitalists, has the following…

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Don't feed your kids these foods

7 foods your Registered Dietitian won’t feed their children


  We asked the Tucson Medical Center Registered Dietitians what foods they avoid feeding their children. While they warned against using the word ‘never’, there are some foods they encourage us all to avoid feeding our children (and ourselves). Say no to soda or sports drinks Soda and sports drinks have zero nutritional value, but are often packed with sugar.…

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Eight suggestions for talking about death with children


This weekend Tucson non-profit Many Mouths One Stomach hosts what has become a favorite Tucson event, the All Souls Procession. “The Procession is a sanctuary for community members from all walks of life to express their grief and loss in a celebration of creative energy and a rejoicing of living.” Part of the events this weekend is the Procession of Little Angels. An…

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