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“It’s a beautiful way to capture the child’s experience. Every yellow bead was a night in the hospital, every black bead was a needle poke,” said Heather Langlois, a social worker who manages the Beads of Courage program at Children’s National. “Kids who are born with congenital heart disease have a lifelong condition, and some of our kids are so young that this is a way to remember and a tangible way to tell their story.” Learn more about our Cardiac ICU’s Beads of Courage program.
Every patient at Children's National Health System has a story and sometimes they choose to animate them through the Beads of Courage® program. Beads of Courage® was brought to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Children's National in 2009 by art therapist Heather Stemas, M Ed, ATR-BC, ...
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Did you know snowboarding accounts for one-quarter of all sports injury-related emergency department visits in the winter? Our sports medicine pediatrician, Dr. Nailah Coleman, offers tips on how to keep children safe during winter activities.
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The Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex at Children's National uses telemedicine to reach and treat children with diabetes from the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware. Dr. Fran Cogen, pediatric endocrinologist and Director of the Childhood and Adolescent Diabetes Program, says, “It became very clear that we could, indeed, deliver quality care and develop a personal relationship without actually being physically present in the exam room."
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Medical Daily spoke with experts to dispel common flu myths that circulate each flu season. Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. David Hyun helped debunk several myths about flu vaccine safety and what causes the flu.
This flu season stay healthy and wise by ignoring the most common flu myths, such as the idea the vaccine or cold weather causes the flu.
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Children's National's Division of Neonatology has partnered with Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center to provide NICU coverage and extend our expert neonatal care to the Woodbridge, Va., area.
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Congratulations to our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Patient Care Services, Kathleen Gorman, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, who was recently named to the Becker's Hospital Review list of "130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.”
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For many children, winter is an exciting time to get outdoors and go ice skating or skiing, but winter sports and activities can also expose children to potential safety hazards. Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Megan Young offers advice on how to help keep children safe during outdoor winter activities.
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Ryan was born with a serious congenital heart defect known as hypoplastic right heart syndrome and a rare condition where his heart developed outside his body. Ryan continues to defy the odds and is celebrating his sixth birthday today. Watch this video interview with Ryan's parents and join us in wishing him a happy birthday!
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Happy birthday Ryan,
And I hope you get what ever your heart desires today and my prayers are with you Lil man may God, bless u a100t mo!!!
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The CDC recently issued a new warning about a potentially “large outbreak” of measles. How can you protect your children? Pediatrician Dr. Linda Fu says the measles vaccine is “safe, effective, and long-lasting.”
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Dr. Marshall Summar, a rare disease expert and Chief of Genetics and Metabolism at Children's National, discusses the importance of involving patients in the rare disease community through patient registries. Registries can enhance clinicians’ and researchers’ understanding of comorbid conditions and the long-term consequences of rare diseases, as well as help them develop better therapies.
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Crying is a physiological process in the life of a baby.All normal babies cry to communicate with others.Sine they can't express their feelings in words crying is the only way for communication. If any uncomfortable feeling comes they simply cry.Normally babies cry in situations like hunger,wetting,too heat or cold,tight cloaths,pain ect. Some kids need the presence of somebody otherwise will cry simply.Crying without any cause is habitual in some babies.  Eventhough crying is considered as normal it may worry the family members.Since the reasons for crying ranges from simple causes to serious causes it should not be ignored and hence exact cause has to be identified and managed accordingly.
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Researchers are using advanced imaging techniques to study the fetal brain. Dr. Catherine Limperopoulos, Director of MRI Research of the Developing Brain and Director of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology/Fetal and Transitional Medicine, says the research will eventually play a role in developing diagnosis and treatments for brain disorders during pregnancy.
Innovative research is allowing us to see neural activity in a baby’s brain as it develops inside the womb, writes Vaughan Bell
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In her latest Get Psyched Friday post, psychologist Dr. Eleanor Mackey, offers tips on how to minimize a child's exposure to media during the winter months.
In her latest Get Psyched Friday post, psychologist Eleanor Mackey, PhD, offers tips on how to minimize a child's exposure to media during the winter months. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that screen time should be avoided for children under the age of 2 and that parents of older ...
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Serving the nation’s children for more than 140 years, Children’s National Health System is the premier provider of pediatric care in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. In addition to being a nationally recognized children's hospital, it is also home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. Our entire care team are experts in caring for children; it’s not part of what we do, it’s all we do. For more information, visit or follow us Facebook and Twitter.

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