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boy had a bicycle crash

Does my child have a broken bone? Here’s how to tell.

Your child is climbing around on the monkey bars or on some elaborate piece of modern playground equipment. The kid slips and falls, plummeting to the ground with enough force to concern you....
baby looking skeptical at his food

Here baby, try the peanut butter goo

Parents should feed babies food containing peanuts before they’re six months old to prevent life-threatening peanut allergies, according to new guidelines from the National Institute of Allergy and...
An ice cream cone that has fallen on the ground

Splat. Do you still believe in the five-second rule?

We’ve all been there. You accidentally drop a bit of food on the floor. You pick it up. Should you eat it? Well, it depends. How delicious is that food? How dirty is that floor? Should you invoke...
A young boy looking at broccoli angrily

Goldfish are not a meal: finding help for my picky eater

I don’t know how this happened, how rainbow-colored Goldfish, chicken nuggets, and fries became all my 2-year-old daughter, Sarah, wants to eat. Even before she first gummed her way through solid...
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Helping your heart stay healthy starts young

Tampa resident Amanda Maddocks belongs to a local food co-op and the South Tampa YMCA to make sure her two kids are learning healthy habits. “We’re not perfect. We occasionally get the fast food...
Three children laughing while eating lunch

School lunches 101: A week’s worth of healthy ideas

Want to pack school lunches for your kids that are tasty and healthy? We asked TGH dietitian Jamie Vespa, MS, RD, LD/N, how to make that possible. Vespa provided a week’s worth of back-to-school...
Mom and Dad and their two daughters jumping on the beach

Sunrise splashing to Pokémon pursuing: seven cool strategies for...

The park was crowded the other morning and, to Dr. Denise Edwards, that was a good thing. She was at Ballast Point Park for her usual 5:30 a.m. exercise class when she noticed at least 15...
Child receiving nasal spray flu vaccine

Sorry, kids: Flu vaccine this year likely to mean a needle stick

It looks like vaccinating your child against the flu this fall will mean a shot, not a spray. Studies found that FluMist, the nasal spray flu vaccine, actually failed to protect patients from...
Father and son playing together

Happy Father's Day: How Your Time Improves Your Child'...

Dads, on this Father’s Day, let’s take a moment to appreciate how vital you are to your children’s lives and health. Kids with involved fathers “clearly do better,” said Dr. Scott Merritt, an...
Children playing in a pool

A week of fun, a year’s worth of healing

This week the kids at Camp Hopetáke are zooming down waterslides at Adventure Island, taking in a Tampa Bay Rays game, and meeting giraffes at a ranch. Then there’s the visit to Hollywood Studios...
Girl playing softball

Time Out: Is Your Young Athlete at Risk for Overuse Injuries?

After trying a few sports, your daughter found the one she loves. Softball. She wants to play it all the time. Soon, you find out she can, with league after league, play year round, especially in...
Young girl pretending to be a doctor

Is there a doctor in the house?

Is there a doctor in the house? If you're at the Muma JA BizTown, the answer is yes. Of course, that "doctor" is most likely a fifth-grader. And so are the nurses, pharmacists and other health...
Young girl with goggles on in the swimming pool

Cool Tips to Keep Kids Safe in the Heat

It’s August, and kids are back to school – and back to sports. But it’s Florida, and it’s still mighty hot out there. And that heat carries special risks for young athletes. “Humidity is as...
Listeria located in a petri dish

Camp Hopetáke celebrates 25 years of bringing burn survivors...

Campers at Camp Hopetáke paddled down the Hillsborough River Thursday. So far this week, Oscar has played volleyball and dodgeball, visited Adventure Island and Universal Islands of...
Flow chart demonstrating the three "R's" of having a concussion

"Seeing stars" is serious: what parents need to know...

Zipping down slides and kicking soccer goals are fun, healthy activities for kids – but they aren’t without risk. More than 170,000 children across the country find themselves in emergency...
Dr. Michel Murr

Surgeon Wants to Spark Conversation on Teen Obesity

Dr. Michel Murr sees the consequences of pediatric obesity firsthand as co-director and founder of the Tampa General Hospital + USF Health Bariatric Center. He’s treating teen-agers with adult...
Children taking a tour of emergency helicopter

Safety lessons mix with fun on TGH field trip

USF Patel Partnership first graders Jordan, 7, left, and Zayd, 6, check out the inside of TGH’s Aeromed helicopter. The children raced wheelchairs. They pretended to be cars and bikes. They...

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