Author: Boston Children's Hospital staff

Kids and the flu shot: What parents need to know

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Every year, thousands of children are hospitalized with the flu. The best way to protect your children from the flu is to get them vaccinated. Many parents have questions about whether or not their child needs a flu shot, which vaccine to get, and where to get it.

Primary and specialty care providers at Boston Children’s Hospital have answers to questions about the flu shot and can help make it easier for parents to get their children vaccinated.

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Experience Journal: Self-cathing around friends and at school

self-cathing-experience-journalClean intermittent catheterization (CIC), sometimes called self-cathing, involves emptying the bladder using a thin tube called a catheter when children and adolescents are unable to empty their bladders completely on their own. Some of the reasons children and adolescents might need to self-catheterize are if they were born with abnormal anatomy, had an infection that affected their bladder function or suffered damage to the nerves connecting the bladder to the spinal cord and then to the brain.
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The Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Urology and the Department of Psychiatry created the Self-Cathing Experience Journal. This journal includes stories from children, young adults and parents who represent the collective wisdom of families who have experience with self-cathing. Here are some of their stories, in their own words.

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Celebrating milestones and memories

We are honored U.S. News & World Report has named Boston Children’s Hospital the #1 pediatric hospital in the nation. It’s an opportunity for us to step back and celebrate your amazing families and your special moments — your baby steps, birthdays and graduations. You are the reason we do what we do.

You inspire us.

Kidney transplant recipient Ayden SwimmingThree-year-old Ayden went swimming for the first time following his kidney transplant, while his best friend Aubrey, below, also a kidney transplant recipient, celebrated her 3rd birthday. The two still keep in touch, as they travel through the transplant journey together.


Neonatology twins

At birth, twins Sophie and Maddie weighed under two pounds each. This month, these spirited sisters celebrated their 8th birthday together at home.


heart surgery recipients go to prom

Logan and Allie met as babies when they both had heart surgery at Boston Children’s. This spring, they attended the prom together.


A boy with leg length discrepancy graduates

Following a series of limb-lengthening operations throughout his childhood, George recently graduated from high school and is off to St. Andrew University in Scotland to study biochemistry.


Bryan at the Eversource walk following life-threatening brain AVM

Following AVM surgery, Bryan completed the seven-mile Eversource Walk for Boston Children’s. He also fundraised more than $10,000 for the hospital. 


Cancer-Bridgette-West

Bridgette West’s family just moved into a new home — their first— after calling Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center home for months while Bridgette battled cancer

Read more of the greatest children’s stories ever told, and share your story.

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Mother’s Day wisdom

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With Mother’s Day around the corner, Thriving gathered some words of wisdom, advice and comfort from a few of our moms for you. Wishing mothers and their families a happy and healthy Mother’s Day!

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