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Health and Safety

Is the COVID-19 vaccine (when available) safe for kids?

As pandemic numbers continue to climb, we all hold out hope that the COVID-19 vaccine rollout will soon bring relief to the catastrophic loss...

Celebrating holidays during the time of COVID-19

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us and we are all exhausted, but as we head into the holidays it is...

AAP: Nationwide pandemic strategy needed as COVID-19 diagnoses soar

More than a million infants, children and adolescents in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to...

The 16 Vaccine: Teens need all the protection we can give them

My son Chris passed away just two weeks after kicking the winning goal that made his high school soccer team Arizona state champions. The day...

Tips for safer trick-or-treating during COVID-19

Dr. Cara Christ suggests "trick-or-treating can be done safely, but it’s no time to let down your guard since COVID-19 is still active in our communities."

Study: Autism diagnoses come years later for Black children

A new study highlighted by the American Academy of Pediatrics found racial inequities in the timely diagnosis of autism in children. The sooner the...

Celebrating 10 years of open doors and open hearts at Ryan House

For 10 years, Phoenix-based nonprofit Ryan House has provided pediatric respite and end-of-life care to Arizona’s most medically fragile children and their families.

Navigating the oral health of children with special needs

For most of us, preparing for a routine dental appointment doesn’t take much thought. If you’re the parent of a child with special needs,...

Flu vaccines are more important than ever during COVID-19

With so much focus on COVID-19, it’s hard to remember we must still take precautions to prevent other infectious diseases. But this year’s influenza...

9 mental health tips for COVID-frazzled kids and parents

This month, kids and parents will be tested. This test won’t be graded, or held in a classroom, but will play out in our...

AAP issues new COVID-19 guidelines for masks and testing

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued updated guidelines for the use of face coverings and coronavirus testing protocols for children. The AAP is now...

Pandemic Parenting Poll: When should kids go back to school?

As Arizona's COVID-19 numbers top 150,000, fears are escalating about the prospect of children, teachers, administrators and staff returning to school classrooms and hallways in just three and a half weeks.

77 percent of Arizona parents are “not at all confident” about sending kids to school Aug. 17

A little more than a month ago, we published the results of a poll showing that 55 percent of parents were "not at all...

Residential evictions moratorium extended; school decision pending

Arizona families who rent their homes or apartments will be relieved to hear that the current moratorium on residential evictions will be extended through...

It takes a village to fight COVID-19

My symptoms first arrived on a Thursday at the end of May. I was dizzy and unable to focus all morning. My partner, Ben,...

Scottsdale pediatrician: COVID-19 cases in kids are increasing

Cases of COVID-19 were spiking dramatically in Arizona when we checked in with pediatrician Sarah Wiersma, M.D., who has seen the troubling trend play...

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