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Learn about the ways Duke pediatric specialists use medical and surgical advances to treat children of all ages. Read the stories of brave children being treated for a range of conditions from common injuries to rare diseases.

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Duke Health Offers Saturday Morning Sports Injury Clinics
Duke Health Offers Saturday Morning Sports Injury Clinics

Children who experience a sports injury, sprain, strain, or bone fracture on the field can be seen quickly at Duke Health’s Saturday Morning Sports Injury Clin ...

Duke Pediatric Heart Surgeons Perform World’s First Partial Heart Transplant
Duke Pediatric Heart Surgeons Perform World’s First Partial Heart Transplant

At just 17 days old, Owen Monroe became the world’s first partial heart transplant recipient. The revolutionary surgery was performed in April 2022 by Duke ped ...

A Flu Vaccine Protects Mom, Fetus, and Infant
A Flu Vaccine Protects Mom, Fetus, and Infant

If you’re pregnant or plan to be, it’s important to get a flu vaccine every fall. According to Duke perinatologist Geeta Swamy, MD, the annual immunization off ...

A Safe Return to Fall Sports
A Safe Return to Fall Sports

Lack of conditioning, hot, humid weather, and dehydration can put children and teens at risk for heat-related illness and injuries as they return to sports thi ...

After Fontan Procedure, Duke’s Fontan Program Helps Kids Thrive
After Fontan Procedure, Duke’s Fontan Program Helps Kids Thrive

Children who undergo a series of heart operations to treat single ventricle heart defects can experience serious complications like organ failure later in life ...

Does More Screen Time Put Your Child’s Eyes at Risk?
Does More Screen Time Put Your Child’s Eyes at Risk?

For many students this fall, going back to school means more time in front of a computer. But what are the effects of increased screen time on your child’s eye ...

Monthly Support Helps Kids Cope When Parents Have Cancer
Monthly Support Helps Kids Cope When Parents Have Cancer

When David Wilkie of Smithfield was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in October 2021, he and his wife, Jessica, didn’t know how they were going to tell their ...

Advances in Norwood Procedure Lower Risk in Babies with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
Advances in Norwood Procedure Lower Risk in Babies with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

A new approach developed by Duke surgeons for a risky pediatric heart surgery increases patient survival by almost 10%, according to a recently published study ...

Duke Children’s Hospital Is Ranked No. 1 in North Carolina
Duke Children’s Hospital Is Ranked No. 1 in North Carolina

Duke Children’s is ranked among the top 50 children's hospitals nationally in nine specialties, and retained its position at No. 1 in North Carolina, according ...

Common Injuries in Youth Sports
Common Injuries in Youth Sports

Physical activity is important for a healthy lifestyle, and organized sports can help develop life skills such as communication, teamwork, and responsibility. ...

Sports Physicals for Teen Athletes
Sports Physicals for Teen Athletes

Does your child need a sports physical? If they plan to work out with their high school team this fall, participate in a fall sport, or try out for a sport any ...

Mom’s Selfless Liver Donation Saves Her Baby from a Serious Disease
Mom’s Selfless Liver Donation Saves Her Baby from a Serious Disease

When King Hibbler was born in March 2021, he appeared healthy aside from jaundice, a common condition in newborns that often resolves on its own. Neither docto ...