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Ten year old boy sitting on a blue park bench outdoors, with a basketball, and texting on a mobile phone. A Sanford Health psychologist says media affects adolescent social and emotional development, especially when kids feel pressure to keep up.

When media changes adolescent moods & anxiety

Constant screen time can affect kids' social and emotional growth
Jeanette Rackl Jeanette Rackl 10 min read
mom parenting child

Parenting tips: How to talk tragedies with your kids

First, listen to what they say and questions they ask
Makayla Disburg Makayla Disburg 6 min read
A mom helps her daughter put on her backpack.

Follow these backpack tips to help protect your child’s back

Dr. Jared Daniel — a dad of teens — wants to prevent lower back pain in kids
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 9 min read
Girl on the Tennis Court

Sports physical can help parents spot health issues

This is also a great time to ask questions even if they're not related to sports
SHN Staff SHN Staff 5 min read

Well child visits important for children of all ages

“Not only is a well child exam more comprehensive, it’s often paid for by insurance."
SHN Staff SHN Staff 12 min read
A girl smiles from a wheelchair in a room at Sanford Children's Hospital, where she sees a team of specialists.

Girl finds support in specialists for rare disorder, cancer

Kaley Maassen, 11, had been seeing team since birth — then had to add oncologist
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 21 min read
A girl and a boy eat DQ Blizzards for Miracle Treat Day, benefitting Children's Miracle Hospitals and Sanford Children's.

Treat yourself to a Blizzard for children

Nationwide ‘Miracle Treat Day’ set for July 25
Shawn Neisteadt Shawn Neisteadt 5 min read
Little girls swimming in pool

Keep your family cool and safe in the summer heat

What SPF to use, how much to hydrate & more ways to protect all ages outside
Tracie Newman, MD Tracie Newman, MD 3 min read
An eye doctor looks for vision problems at a child's eye exam.

Help your kids see well from the start

Ask for a pediatric vision screening at your child's next checkup
Jeanette Rackl Jeanette Rackl 4 min read
Keeping Gunner Olesen healthy has been a cooperative effort involving his parents and a medical team that includes a medical staff at Sanford Health in Chamberlain, S.D., and in Sioux Falls.

Children’s specialty care: A team approach

Gunner Olesen greets his challenges and his providers with a bright disposition.
Mick Garry Mick Garry 12 min read