Stories about: Parenting

Genetic cancer risk: Should your child be tested?

A doctor examines a toddler in the office
Dr. Junne Kamihara examines a patient [PHOTO: SAM OGDEN/DANA FARBER]

If your child could be at risk for cancer, the sooner you discover that risk, the more you can do to prevent cancer or catch it in an early stage. Not every child needs to be tested, so it’s important to learn what genetic testing is and whether it’s the right decision for you and your child.

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Grateful for a healthy baby and a guardian angel doctor

We all have things to be grateful for. If we are lucky, there will be many points in our lives when we will feel gratitude. Any parent with a child in Boston Children’s Hospital can understand that there have been days when we were grateful just for a healthy baby. On days that wasn’t true, we remember praying for a guardian angel who could help our son. Late in the summer of 2017, our prayers were answered when we met Dr. Jamie Heath, a neurologist from Boston Children’s, who diagnosed his rare medical condition and rescued him with a novel treatment approach. Today our son is a healthy toddler and we owe much of that to Dr. Heath. Not only did she give us the best gift, she inspired us to give back.

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Antibiotic allergies: What you should know

Young boy takes a dose of antibiotics from his mom

It’s Antibiotic Awareness Week, a great time for everyone to learn more about using these medications wisely and safely. Antibiotics are the most common medications prescribed to young children — they are also the most common cause of drug reactions. These reactions can range from a simple rash to more severe conditions that require emergency treatment. The risk of reactions is one of the reasons health care providers are so careful about giving antibiotics only to patients with an infection that will be helped by them, such as a urinary tract infection, skin infection or pneumonia.

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Best picture books to teach children gratitude

Father reading to his daughter at home

Saying “thank you” is one of the first steps in teaching children to appreciate things. But to be truly grateful for what they have, children need to understand what it’s like not to have something — either by experiencing it themselves or witnessing it in others.

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, why not take a moment to curl up with a good book that can help your little ones experience gratitude through the eyes of empathetic characters. Here are a few suggestions, for ages 4 and up, that will make a lasting impression on anyone’s heart, no matter their age.

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