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Ask the Doctor: The COVID vaccine and your 5 to 11 year-old child

*Story updated in June 2022 to include information about the booster shot for children ages 5-11. When the Food and Drug Administration and CDC approved...

Father’s Day Highlight: Life of a Local Dad and Doctor

Father’s Day is a time to celebrate and highlight all the amazing dads in the community. Jason Smithers, M.D., and his family moved to the...

Ask the Doctor: What to Know About Brain Tumors

Brain tumors are the most common solid tumor affecting children. Brain tumors are treated by a team approach, like at the Johns Hopkins All...

How to Reduce Hidden Sugars in Your Family’s Diet

Nearly one in three children meets the criteria for being overweight or obese. Reducing sugar is an important way to minimize your child’s risk...

Parenting During the Pandemic

In the last four weeks, more kids have tested positive for COVID-19 than in the entire pandemic combined. The Omicron variant is surging throughout...

Understanding Heart Murmurs: What Are They and Are They Dangerous?

February is American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness on heart health,for both kids and their families. This month, the Heart Institute at...

Preparing for Your Child’s Surgery: Top 5 Questions Answered

If or when your child needs surgery, it can be a very stressful time. However, knowing what to expect can be helpful for parents...

Is your child addicted to social media? Here’s what you need to know.

Life is all about balance, right? It’s something we strive for in most parts of our lives, and it’s no different when it comes...

Your Teen and the COVID Vaccine: Expert panel at TGH answers common questions

After the Delta variant took a heavy toll throughout Tampa Bay and beyond, parents who were once hesitant about vaccinating their children ages 12 and older...

Your child has COVID-19… now what?

It can be scary when your child has symptoms of coronavirus. Fortunately, the majority of children with COVID-19 are able to manage symptoms and...

Ask the Experts: How to teach your child social skills

As parents, we all want our kids to behave. In a perfect world, kids would be good all the time and everywhere, but that’s a pretty tall order and doesn’t always happen. For most of us, if we have to pick between good behavior at home or good behavior in public, we’ll go for public every time.

Proper Sleep for Kids

Sleep is a time to rest and recharge, but some children may not get the restful sleep they need. Whether this is because of trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, a lack of rest can lead to a variety of other issues, including poor performance in school and behavior problems.