Read health tips from our experts as well as stories by patients, families and staff about kids’ health and their experiences at Children’s Minnesota.

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Should I read to my baby?

Reading to your baby can help them learn how to interact with the world around them as well as help them bond with you. Read on to learn more about the benefits of reading.

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Pertussis: What is it? How can I prevent my child from getting it?

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a serious disease that can be deadly to infants. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, there have been 555 total number of pertussis cases reported as of Dec. 31, 2019.

Influenza sees record highs at Children’s Minnesota

Experts now consider the flu to be widespread in the US and Minnesota and it appears to be hitting kids harder. Children's saw 325 lab-confirmed influenza cases during the last week of December. We also saw more flu-related hospitalizations during this period. Normally, 10-15 children are admitted to our hospitals in a week, but the last week of December saw 28 new hospitalizations for the illness.

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Essential oils: Can they help kids heal?

At Children’s Minnesota, we use essential oils in a clinical setting to help produce effects on kids’ bodies and minds. Smells can produce a feeling of relaxation or sleepiness, and even help with nausea, headaches or fatigue.

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Raising the unexpected: Charlie’s story of three open heart surgeries

Shelby Herlick's son, Charlie, had undergone three open heart surgeries before he was 6 months old. Shelby talks about living life with the unexpected.

How to curb winter nosebleeds

During winter months, kids are spending more time in dry indoor air, which causes the inside of the nose to become cracked, crusted and itchy and may lead to nosebleeds. Learn more about what parents need to know about treating and preventing nosebleeds.

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Tips to quit vaping

Quitting vaping isn't easy, that's why Dr. Anne Griffiths, pediatric pulmonologist and vaping expert at Children's Minnesota, is sharing how parents can help their kids quit vaping and e-cigarette usage this year.

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Protecting your child from RSV

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) spreads quickly and affects infants and young children. The trouble is, RSV can oftentimes be confused for the common cold or the flu when in fact, this illness is more serious and can sometimes be deadly. Learn what RSV is, how it spreads and how you can prevent it.

St. Paul police bring holiday cheer to patients at Children’s

The kids at our St. Paul hospital got a got a special visit from the Saint Paul Police Department and their friends from the North Pole: Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves.

How to stay safe when hitting the slopes

Skiing and snowboarding is a great way to stay active in the winter, but it can be dangerous. We’re sharing some tips on how to prepare your kids to stay safe on the slopes.