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Best Foot Forward with Family Resolutions

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Are you making New Year Resolutions with your children? How about for yourself? Making New Year resolutions as a family offers an opportunity to teach your children realistic goal setting and incorporate healthy resolutions for the whole family. Given our schedules are so full with work, parenting, shuttling our children from play date to activities, we often neglect our own…

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

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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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Schools out for Summer – free & cheap activities in Tucson

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Schools out for summer!   The kids rejoice, and we realize just how hard teachers work (and how underpaid they are) as we try to wrangle our kiddos albeit lovingly through a summer in the Tucson heat. Never fear, there are a host of events going on this summer that can provide enrichment and entertainment for children. Swim Fest There is…

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Here’s the scoop on your newborn’s poop

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It’s greenish-black with the consistency of road tar. What is it? It’ baby poop, of course. It’s hard to imagine that your sweet, sleepy newborn baby could produce such a noxious substance! What’s with the rainbow of poop colors? In your baby’s first week you might wonder why no one warned you about newborn poop. Generally, the greenish-black poop, called…

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Killian – Update on a Congenital Heart Defect Warrior

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February is Heart Awareness month. Mention heart disease or heart surgery and one may automatically assume that it is an older person, perhaps one who has lived a life full of rich indulgences resulting in heart disease. But the truth is that many heart diseases and defects are present at birth. Congenital Heart Defects are the most common birth defect…

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

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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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Do you have an old car seat lying around? Donate it!

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  TMC’s car seat recycling program is back for a second year, following a successful inaugural year. TMC teamed up with the University of Arizona’s Enactus Club last year to collect unwanted, unused and expired car seats. Expired? Yes. Every car seat has an expiration date – a fact that tends to surprise many parents and caregivers. The expiration date…

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5 Tips for preparing for surgery from Dr. Atlas

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When your child needs surgery, it’s nerve wracking. You want the best for them, but what should you look for in a hospital and anesthesiologist? Dr. Matthew Atlas, a pediatric anesthesiologist, at Old Pueblo Anesthesia, shared these suggestions: 1. Go to a hospital or surgery center that has lots of experience taking care of children. Hospitals and surgery centers that specialize in children…

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