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Cavernous malformations: What parents need to know

They’re among the more common cerebrovascular problems in kids. But few parents have heard of cavernous malformations until their own child is diagnosed. These small masses are comprised of abnormal, thin-walled blood vessels. While they can occur anywhere in the body, they’re most likely to cause problems when they form in the brain and spinal cord.

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Six tips for talking with your child about cleft lip or palate

back to school tips for cleft

Having a facial difference such as cleft lip or palate can be difficult for any child, but it’s especially challenging when they’re about to enter a new social situation like going to school. For some parents, this time is even more stressful than it is for children. In fact, many of the parents whom I meet in the Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Boston Children’s Hospital tell me that having discussions with their child about the cleft is the number-one concern. 

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A parent’s guide to healthy weight loss in children

A parent's guide to healthy weight loss in children.

Today, up to 30 percent of children and adolescents are considered to be overweight or obese. This “obesity epidemic” is a source of great concern to parents and caregivers alike, as these kids face an increased risk of a host of serious medical and behavioral health complications, including type 2 diabetes.

We sat down with Dr. Robert Markowitz and dietitian Sharon Weston of the Boston Children’s Hospital Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program to help parents support their children in maintaining an optimal weight.

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Private Parts II: More things parents of boys need to know

Testicular abnormalities in children.

While it can be uncomfortable for parents to talk about issues with their son’s private parts, abnormalities in the testicles and scrotum are common and treatable.

One of my favorite parts of my job is sitting down with anxious families and being able to make the uncomfortable comfortable for them. I hope I can do that for you here in this guide to the most common testicular abnormalities seen in young boys.

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