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A Fun, Healthful Approach To Summer Vacation

By Kindall Aaron, Coordinator of ETCH’s Childhood Obesity Coalition


Summer vacation from school can lead to some long days at home, and when there’s idle time, your children may turn toward the pantry to snack.

You can help keep your children healthy by providing fresh and nutritious foods to snack on and by encouraging physical activity as much as possible. Read more →

Helping Children With The Hospital Experience

By Mary Pegler, M.S., CCLS. Photo courtesy of ETCH.



A medical procedure or hospital stay can be very stressful for a child and parents as well. Fortunately, there are professionals called child life specialists who can help children cope with their stress and hospital experience.

The profession of child life specialist was developed to help children and their families deal physically and emotionally with medical treatments. Child life specialists use their training and knowledge of child development to educate, prepare and support children through all kinds of medical procedures and challenges. They also support families dealing with major changes resulting from a child’s disability or chronic illness, treatment and recovery. Read more →

Does Your Child Have Trouble Sleeping

by Ehab Mansoor, M.D
Photo by Wade Payne



The story has been read, the last glass of water has been given and your child has finally been tucked into bed. As you leave the room you hope, for your child’s sake and yours, he’ll sleep well through the night. Unfortunately, for many children, this doesn’t normally happen. According to the National Sleep Foundation approximately 70 percent of children age 9 and younger have some type of sleep problem. Read more →

What You Need To Know About Asthma

by Connie Meredith, CRT-NPS, and Bob Ypost, RRT-NPS



Asthma affects people of all ages. While it often starts during childhood, it can occur later in life from exposure to irritants. Asthma is a long-term lung problem. It causes lungs to react in an extreme way when irritated. Irritants of the lung are called triggers. A trigger can cause the muscles of the lungs to tighten, swell and create excess mucus. As a result, breathing becomes difficult, resulting in a shortness of breath and coughing. Read more →

Understanding Cleft Lip And Cleft Palate

by Audrey Madigan


Each year approximately 4,200 babies in the United States are born with cleft lip or cleft palate.  Oral clefts are the fourth most common birth defect in the U.S. and are more common in children of Latino, Asian or Native American origins. Clefts develop very early in a woman’s pregnancy and result when there is not enough tissue in a baby’s mouth and lip area to join properly.  Ultrasound can often detect a cleft in an unborn baby. This allows the family to meet with a member of the cleft palate team before birth, receive educational materials, and begin a treatment plan. Read more →

Children Need Specialists To Treat Bone, Joint Or Muscle Problems

by Audrey Madigan


Being active is part of being a child. From the moment children learn to take their first steps, they are in motion. They are climbing, running, swinging, tumbling, jumping in school, sports, gymnastics, cheerleading, karate and a multitude of other activities. Activity is great for children, but as we all know, it can also cause injuries. Read more →

The Difference Between Sedation And Anesthesia

by Audrey Madigan

Mar2014-ETCHSome children can become anxious when they come to the hospital for treatment or medical procedures. As a result, they may not be able to sit still or relax enough to receive care or complete the necessary procedure. To help your child feel more comfortable, the doctor may suggest sedation. Read more →

Children Need Specialized Eye Care

by Audrey Madigan


Your child is having difficulty reading or learning. He may have struggled with a vision screening exam or even worse, surgery or medical treatment is needed as a result of an illness affecting your child’s eyes. Who do you turn to for help?

Your pediatrician may refer you to a pediatric ophthalmologist. Why a pediatric ophthalmologist and not one who treats adults? Because children are not little adults and should not be treated the same way. Unlike adults, children’s bodies are still growing. Even their eyes.  Read more →

Understanding the difference between sore throat and strep throat

by East Tennessee Children’s Hospital


HealthDec13Sore throat and strep throat are fairly common infections among children ages 5 and 15, particularly during the winter months. Because these infections share similar symptoms, sore throat is often misdiagnosed as strep throat. In fact, up to 73 percent of patients with sore throat are given antibiotics, which have no affect on viruses so will not help your child. Not only are antibiotics ineffective with viruses, they are also expensive and the primary cause for the development of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

“Identifying these infections properly prevents the misuse of antibiotics and the development of long-term complications related to strep throat.” Read more →

Gifts Of Creativity

 The Fantasy of Trees makes giving beautiful

                   By Michael Kull

Untitled-13The 28th annual Fantasy of Trees took place at the Knoxville Convention Center from November 27 through December 1, with the proceeds benefitting East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The event has grown steadily since this Knoxville tradition started in 1985, and has raised more than $6.3 million to provide much-needed medical equipment for children served by East Tennessee Children’s Hospital throughout its 28 year history. Read more →