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Children's Health

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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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 remote learning -- and more time in front of a computer. But what are the effects of increased screen ti ...

Why Children Should Wear Face Masks
Why Children Should Wear Face Masks

Face masks are not just for adults. To help limit the spread of COVID-19, most children can wear a mask in public, as long as they are taught to do so in an age ...

Don't Press Pause on Your Child's Health Care
Don't Press Pause on Your Child's Health Care

If your child’s recent appointment was cancelled because of COVID-19, it’s time to reschedule without delay. Missing immunizations, screenings, or delaying care ...

New, Less Invasive Technique Shortens Recovery for Pulmonary Valve Replacement Surgery
New, Less Invasive Technique Shortens Recovery for Pulmonary Valve Replacement Surgery

A new surgical technique is changing the game for kids and adults with a congenital heart defect that often requires several major surgeries. Compared with the ...

Does My Child Need an ENT?
Does My Child Need an ENT?

Constant runny nose? A cough that lasts all winter? Another ear infection? Parents of young kids know all too well that kids get sick…a lot. But where’s the lin ...

Nasoalveolar Molding Corrects Cleft Lip and Palate with Fewer Surgeries
Nasoalveolar Molding Corrects Cleft Lip and Palate with Fewer Surgeries

If your child is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate, a customized orthodontic device called nasoalveolar molding (NAM) can help correct your child’s cleft. I ...

How to Evaluate a Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Program
How to Evaluate a Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Program

Congenital heart defects are present at birth. These structural defects may require surgery to fix. So how do you find the best care? Here’s what you need to kn ...

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

Without treatment, a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) can be deadly within the first few days of life. A baby with HLHS, so ...

Repairing Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate with Fewer Surgeries
Repairing Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate with Fewer Surgeries

When Jack Stroud was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate, his parents were prepared. Their son’s birth defect was detected during a pregnancy ultrasound, whi ...

Life After Adolescent Weight Loss Surgery
Life After Adolescent Weight Loss Surgery

As a child, Faith Newsome of Sanford, NC, struggled with feeling different from her peers because of her weight. By the time she was 15, she weighed 273 pounds ...

Young Boy with Moebius Syndrome Smiles After Surgery
Young Boy with Moebius Syndrome Smiles After Surgery

Colton Southern had plenty to smile about after surgery last year. In fact, it was the first time in the eight-year-old boy’s life that he was able to show how ...

Toddler Thrives after Endoscopic Craniosynostosis Surgery
Toddler Thrives after Endoscopic Craniosynostosis Surgery

When an observant pediatrician told April Longmire and Mike Stone of Louisburg, NC that there were some irregularities in their infant’s skull, they were instan ...