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Caring for Your Child

Blood Test: Hemoglobin

Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells. A hemoglobin test can be done as part of a routine checkup to screen for problems and or because a child isn't feeling well.

Blood Test: Hepatic (Liver) Function Panel

Liver function tests can help doctors see if the liver has been damaged. They also can help diagnose infections and monitor medications that can cause liver-related side effects.

Blood Test: Magnesium

Doctors do this test to assess blood levels of magnesium, which helps the muscles and nerves function, the heart maintain normal rhythm, the bones stay strong, and the body process energy and make proteins.

Blood Test: Partial Thromboplastin Time (PTT)

A partial thromboplastin time (PTT) test is used to evaluate blood's ability to clot. It may be done as part of an evaluation for a bleeding disorder or to monitor the effects of blood-thinning medicine.

Blood Test: Prothrombin Time (PT)

Doctors may order a PT test as part of an evaluation for a bleeding disorder or to monitor the effects of blood-thinning medicine.

Clinical Trials

Deciding to enroll your child in a clinical study will depend on its potential benefits and risks, as well as your child's particular illness. Learn more.

ECG (Electrocardiogram)

Is your child scheduled to have an ECG? Find out how this test is performed and when you can expect the results.

Financial Planning for Kids With Disabilities

These steps can help take the anxiety and worry out of your child's financial future and make sure that your child will be taken care of even after you're gone.

Giving Teens a Voice in Health Care Decisions

Involving teens in their health care can help prepare them for managing it on their own as adults.

Helping Kids Get Ready for Surgery

Kids who will be having surgery may feel stressed about it. Here's how parents can help them.