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Your child's health and safety is our top priority. Please search our resource library for information on health, nutrition, fitness, injury prevention and other important topics.

When Your Child Has Surgery

Sedation

Sedation is the use of medicines to help someone relax and not feel pain during a medical procedure.

Spinal Fusion Surgery

A spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that's done to stabilize or straighten the bones in the back. It can help kids and teens with scoliosis.

Splenectomies

A splenectomy is surgery to remove an injured spleen.

What Is Informed Consent?

Find out what the experts have to say.

When Your Child Needs a Heart Transplant

If your child needs a heart transplant, you're probably feeling lots of emotions. Fortunately, many kids who undergo heart transplants go on to live normal, healthy lives.

When Your Child Needs a Liver Transplant

If your child needs a liver transplant, you're probably feeling lots of emotions. Fortunately, most kids who have liver transplants go on to live normal, healthy lives.

When Your Child's in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

It can be stressful whenever kids are in the hospital — and even more so when they're admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). A basic understanding of the PICU can help you feel better prepared to help your child recover.

Wound Healing and Care

How well a wound heals depends on where it is on the body and what caused it. Good home care is an important part of healing.