Seasonal Allergies or Something More? Seattle Children’s Helps Parents Distinguish the Difference

Stuffy nose, sneezing, and itchy or watery eyes are a few indications that a child may be suffering from allergies. These symptoms are most often triggered during the spring and summer months but it can sometimes be tough to differentiate the cause among other illnesses that tend to spread this time of year.   On […]

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How to Maintain Structured Routines for School-Aged Kids During Scheduled Breaks

For some parents and caregivers with school-aged children, scheduled breaks throughout the academic year are a chance to kick back and relax while enjoying quality time without being on a tight, daily schedule. For many kids in the region, mid-winter break is here, and spring break is only a few months away. Though well-intentioned, interrupted […]

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Five Ways to Get Kids Outdoors in Cold Weather

With a lack of summer sunshine, the ongoing days of winter and frigid temperatures can leave families and children feeling stuck indoors. However, it’s important to get outside, no matter the weather. Seattle Children’s Dr. Pooja Tandon encourages outdoor play, as it promotes opportunities for physical activity and motor development, boosts Vitamin D levels and […]

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All in a Day’s Work: A Look Inside Seattle Children’s Urgent Care

Throughout this season’s viral surge, Seattle Children’s Urgent Care team has been hard at work caring for a high volume of patients throughout its four locations in Bellevue, Everett, Federal Way and Seattle. The sites are open 7 days a week, including holidays, and recently expanded their reach by offering virtual urgent care services to […]

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Healthy Sleep Habits for School-Age Kids

As featured in Good Growing Studies consistently show that less than half of all school-age kids get enough sleep most weeknights. While the most recognized consequence of inadequate sleep is daytime sleepiness, children commonly manifest their sleepiness as irritability, behavioral problems, learning difficulties and poor academic performance. Some sleep disruptions are normal and are connected […]

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Updated (Bivalent) COVID-19 Vaccines Are Now Available for Kids Who Are 6 Months to 5 Years Old

Beginning Dec. 14, Seattle Children’s began offering updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccines to children aged 6 months to 5 years old at our hospital campus. The Moderna bivalent vaccine is available as a booster to children aged 6 months to 5 who have received two doses of the monovalent Moderna COVID-19 vaccine series. The Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent […]

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Feeling Blue? What Parents Should Know About Seasonal Sadness in Kids and Teens

Winter can be a blue time of year for people of all ages, particularly as the days get shorter, darker and colder. These ‘winter blues’ can include feeling seasonally sad, irritable or fatigued, and can sometimes cause a decline in mood and motivation. While it’s normal for all children to experience emotional ups and downs, […]

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