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Bald Is Beautiful: Losing Locks for Childhood Cancer

A brave contingent of donors had their heads shaved to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer at a recent Nemours-sponsored St. Baldrick’s Foundation event, held at Iron Hill Brewery on the Wilmington Riverfront. St. Baldrick’s supports the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children by supplying all new patients and their families with a “day pack” filled with bilingual resource materials to help guide them through the overwhelming experience of a childhood cancer diagnosis. Among the “shavees” was Candice Morris, a home health nurse from Magnolia, Del., who was inspired by one of her young patients’ bravery in the face of cancer. About 30 minutes after Candice submitted to the razor, her mother and son went for it, too! Many thanks to the volunteer stylists from Currie of Wilmington, Iron Hill for providing a private room, and event organizers/Nemours oncology nurses Nicole Roselli and […]

Nemours Patients Sparkle at “Fire and Ice” Prom

The guests arrived at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children’s 2016 “Fire and Ice” prom in glittering gowns and sharp suits, groomed to perfection and shivering a little on a breezy April evening. They exited classic cars that had chauffeured them to the hospital, letting their illness take a back seat on this festive evening. They danced, posed for photos, laughed and reveled with nearly 100 fellow Nemours patients who are facing or recovering from serious health concerns. The Nemours prom, a labor of love for dedicated staff and volunteers, is now in its fourth year. Teens with cancer, sickle cell disease, heart and kidney disease, and other conditions are treated to a themed extravaganza that rivals any high school prom. An outpouring of community support ensures the guests enjoy a wonderful event at no cost to their families. Dresses, tuxedos, makeup and hair styling, food, decorations, gifts, music and photography are […]

Childhood Cancer Infographic: Hope for a Better Tomorrow

On the heels of the Childhood Cancer Action Days, May 16th and 17th in Washington, D.C., we thought this would be a great opportunity to share our pediatric cancer infographic from the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Learn More About… Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Giving to Nemours

8 Safety Tips for Your Child’s Hospital Stay from the experts at Nemours Children's Health System

8 Safety Tips for Your Child’s Hospital Stay

If your child is in need of a hospital stay, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of information, emotions and distractions that can come at you at a feverish pace. But your child’s support system should be consistent and calm — and that starts with you and your child’s entire family. National Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 13–19) is the perfect time to proactively think about how you could help your child’s hospital stays be as safe as possible. Here are some tips from Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patients Safety to help prepare you, just in case: Be your child’s patient advocate. Don’t be shy or feel like you can’t speak up. Ask questions about your child’s care, raise any safety concerns, and/or ask caregivers to double-check their charts before they act. Write down your questions to make sure caregivers address them. Maybe say something like: “Excuse […]

Welcome to Promise

At Nemours Children’s Health System, we’re always looking for new ways to improve the well-being of all children and families, not just the ones we see in our clinics and hospitals. So, we’ve focused on building a conversation with parents throughout the country, to address the common (and not-so-common) health issues that so many of us face. We decided to do what any forward-thinking children’s health system would: we built a blog. Here, you’ll find wisdom, understanding and practical advice from our physicians and care teams. It’s all meant to address your everyday questions, and provide answers you can be confident in. We welcome your input, feedback and discussion, as well. It’s all part of what we’re here for. Get to know our doctors, browse a list of topics, and stop back often. We’ll post new insights on your child’s health every week. You may not always be able to call […]

Swimmer’s Ear: Summer’s Party Pooper

Swimmer’s ear (or external otitis or outer ear infection) is an inflammation and infection of the outer ear canal. It is different from otitis media in that it does not typically extend to the eardrum and is not usually associated with fever or other cold symptoms. However, like a middle ear infection, it can be extremely painful and your child may have pain when you touch the outer ear. But not all outer ear infections are caused by swimming. Here’s what you should know: What increases your child’s chances of getting external otitis? There are two main risk factors associated with external otitis: change in pH balance of the canal or trauma to the canal. Let’s start with the first, because this is where swimming pools come in to the discussion. Highly chlorinated pools can change the normal pH balance of the canal and break down its natural defenses. Humid […]

How Much Spit-up Is Too Much? from the experts at Nemours Children's Primary Care

How Much Spit-up Is Too Much?

For most infants, spitting up is an inevitable part of life. But for their parents, deciphering how much spit-up (or reflux) is acceptable can be confusing. Is there such a thing as too much spit-up? First, let’s talk about the normal aspects of infant reflux. Normal or physiologic reflux can start somewhere around two to four weeks and occur several times a day. Reflux hits a peak around four months, and usually resolves somewhere between 6 months and 1 year of age. Only about 1% of infants still experience symptoms at 1 year of age. One reason your infant may be having reflux is that the band or sphincter around the lower part of your child’s esophagus has intermittent periods of relaxation. When the sphincter is relaxed, food and fluids are more likely to come back up. If your infant continues to be mostly happy and comfortable, has a good […]

Kids and Cholesterol: What Parents Need to Know Now from the experts at Nemours Children's Health System

Kids and Cholesterol: What Parents Need to Know Now

Pediatricians have been getting a lot of bad news about their patients lately: More children at younger ages are developing high cholesterol. I certainly don’t need to tell you that obesity is an epidemic in the United States. Obesity and a family history of high cholesterol levels certainly play a significant role in the development of childhood hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol levels). However, you should know that not all children with high cholesterol are obese — or even overweight. Over the last 40 or so years, research has shown that the atherosclerotic** changes that can lead to cardiovascular disease (CVD) begin early in life (as early as 2 years old) and continue to progress throughout life***. We know that genetics play an important role in susceptibility to early CVD, but factors like diet and excercise are just as important in determining the progress of the disease. And in some cases, an […]

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