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Promoting dietary wellness in toddlers: Helping caregivers overcome barriers

Nutrition can have a positive or negative impact on health throughout the entire lifespan. Proper diet and nutrition is always essential, but it is...
feeding tube

Verifying NG feeding tube placement in pediatric patients

Nasogastric (NG) tubes are placed to administer enteral nutrition, medications, or fluids to children of all ages who are unable to ingest enough proper...
Child care

Exploring childcare health consultant as a career option

The child care health consultant (CCHC) is a specialized role with the primary goal of promoting the safest and healthiest environment for the staff...

Pediatric tracheostomy care: What home care nurses need to know

Children with tracheostomy tubes can benefit from home care but require specialized nursing to prevent complications and emergencies. The artificial airway increases risk, especially...

Reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections in children

Affecting every patient population, central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) increase morbidity and mortality.  Although much has been published on adult CLABSIs, information on pediatric...

‘PAWSitive’ interventions ease ‘rrrf’ times in pediatrics

Daniel, a 5-year-old child with asthma, is anxious and doesn’t want to keep his oxygen mask on during his much-needed nebulizer treatment. Teary eyed,...

Stroke in a child with sickle cell anemia

Adrienne Johnson, age 5, is admitted to the general pediatric unit. She has sickle cell anemia (hemoglobin SS subtype) and recently was discharged after...

What Works: All in the family — How a family advisory council promotes family-centered...

The author describes how the council works and its benefits for patients and families.

FDA approves Topamax for migraine prevention in adolescents

On March 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Topamax (topiramate) for prevention of migraine headaches in adolescents ages 12 to 17. This...

Study: Benefits of animal therapy for children unknown

Researchers who reviewed studies looking at the impact of “animal interventions” in healthcare settings for children find that the evidence base for these interventions...

Study: Benefits of male circumcision far exceed risks

A study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings reports that the health benefits of male circumcision exceed the risks by more than 100 to 1. Overall...

FDA launches campaign to stop youth tobacco use

On Feb. 4, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the launch of a national public education campaign, called “The Real Cost”, to...

Study: Use of antibiotics to prevent complications from respiratory infections in children isn’t supported

An analysis published in The Cochrane Report says current evidence doesn’t provide strong support for using antibiotics to prevent ear infections and pneumonia in...