Latest stories: Family & Kids

Implant a first step for deaf kids

WASHINGTON — At age 3, Angelica Lopez is helping to break a sound barrier for deaf children. Born without working auditory nerves, she can detect sounds for the first time — and start to mimic them — after undergoing brain surgery to implant a device that bypasses missing wiring in her inner ears. Read more

Embracing his scars: Cranial birth defect in son leads mom to send care packages to others

SEATTLE – Anthony James Davidson, age 6, is happy to show strangers his “zoop-zoop.” That’s what the Seattle kindergartner calls the scar that zigzags across the top of his head, hidden by dark hair, permanent evidence that he was among the one in every 2,000 babies born with a birth defect that most parents don’t recognize – and can’t pronounce. Read more

Doctors treating more children with kidney stones

PITTSBURGH – The first time the reddish color appeared in Bella’s urine, Loren Carroto blamed the ice pops her daughter had eaten at a birthday party. But the discoloration returned intermittently. It turned out to be blood, not food coloring, and the diagnosis was one affecting a growing number of children: kidney stones. Read more

Activities help babies develop motor skills

SEATTLE – Just about the time McKenna Smith reached the age of 6 months, her parents noticed something odd. Their perky baby could grasp a table and stand, but she couldn’t sit. Whenever she tried to crawl, her belly would brush the floor. She used predominantly her left side. Read more

Quiet time OK for adolescents after concussion

It might seem sensible for parents to “cocoon” their children so they can recover from a concussion. That could mean five days in a darkened room devoid of superhero movies, music, bright lights and smartphone chirping, but a randomized controlled trial that a former University of Pittsburgh Medical Center fellow led found that the current regimen of quiet time until symptoms are gone followed by a step-by-step return to normal levels of activity is likely preferable to cocooning. Read more

Her pace in her space

HASLET, Texas – Kaitlynn Curtner was 12 when she went to a school counselor’s office in Round Rock with a headache on Sept. 2, 2011. She suffered a seizure in the office and then became unresponsive. Read more

A last-gasp effort, a first Christmas

SEATTLE – A Seattle baby was home in time for Christmas after local doctors bet on a last-chance, once-discarded treatment that uses liquid, not air, to inflate the collapsed lungs of fragile newborns. Tatiana Saiaana, now nearly 4 months old, smiled and stared with big brown eyes at a sparkling tree in her family’s Seward Park-area home this week, safe in the lap of her mother, Elise Pele, 28. Read more

House Call: This isn’t your grandparents’ arthritis

When you hear “arthritis,” your first thoughts are probably of your parents, grandparents or an elderly friend. But it’s not only older people who get arthritis. Children can develop this condition too. While older adults often have osteoarthritis, caused by wear and tear on joints over time, children – nearly 300,000 of them in the United States – develop other types of arthritis, which are grouped together under the name “juvenile idiopathic arthritis.” Read more

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