Parents Connect Blog

The official blog of Nicklaus Children's Hospital, written by parents for parents.

Parents Connect is a space where families can share their experiences and inspire hope as we aim to raise happier, healthier children. Contributing bloggers include parents and medical experts who together serve as a voice for families everywhere. We invite you to join our online community and connect with us on the parenting journey.

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Our Latest Blog Posts

Raising Stuttering Awareness

By: Nicole Gondar Hernandez on October 13, 2021

Stuttering occurs as children learn many languages and sort through how to pronounce different words. While about 75 percent of kids recover from developmental stuttering early on, some may need additional treatment as they age. Nicole Gondar Hernandez, speech-language pathologist, shares some important information to help spotlight this communication disorder.

Preparing for Flu Season

By: Vanessa Molina Santamaria on October 13, 2021

With flu season already here and our kids back in school, there are a few small steps you can take to keep everyone in your family healthy this year. Learn more about the 2021-22 flu season and how the flu vaccines are quadrivalent to protect against each of these unique strains of the virus.

National Bulling Prevention Month: How to Help Children Who Are Being Bullied

By: Jackeline Sanchez on October 13, 2021

Bullying has become a widespread public health crisis. In commemoration of October’s National Bullying Prevention Month, Dr. Jackeline Sanchez wanted to discuss the importance of this issue and how parents and other adults can help a child being bullied, either in person or virtually.

Helping Your Children Deal with Grief

By: Vanessa Molina Santamaria on September 22, 2021

There are many factors involved in how your children process loss, such as how close they were to the person who passed away, their age and maturity level, and their support system. However, it's important to let your child know what to expect, so they are prepared for what is to come. Vanessa tells her story about how she helped her daughters through a difficult time. 

Gaining a Better Understanding of PCOS

By: Adriana Carrillo-Iregui on September 20, 2021

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a common but poorly understood disease that impacts many teenagers and young women during their reproductive years. PCOS can be overlooked, as it can present differently in adolescents. The term PCOS is a term for a variety of symptoms associated with common hormone changes. Learn more on identifying and treating the different types of PCOS.

Back to School: Routines for a Good Experience

By: Becky Salgado on September 01, 2021

If you’re like most families, you are in the swing of back-to-school. Though they sometimes fight it, our kids thrive on structure. So it’s time to wake up early and refresh our routines for this new school year. Follow these tips to ease back into a routine with your child so that they have a great school year.

Keeping Your Child’s Vision in FOCUS This School Year and Beyond

By: Luxme Hariharan, MD, MPH on August 18, 2021

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month. That means that it is the perfect time to have your child’s eyes and vision checked so they can be ready to start the new school year. Studies have shown that better vision leads to improved academic performance in children. Parents need to remember that they have the best chance of detecting vision problems and taking action by getting their children’s vision checked. Learn more about the guidelines for yearly vision screenings and the vision problems to look out for in your children.


Back-to-School Jitters

By: Rose Alvarez-Salvat, PhD on August 13, 2021

Every new school year brings both excitement and jitters for most children. Many children completed school virtually this past year and found themselves in the comfort of their homes with their families, while others who attended hybrid or in-person schooling may be excited to return to the classroom. No matter what your child’s recent school experience has been, he or she may be experiencing anxiety about the year ahead. Here are some tips to help your child with the transition back to school. 

Achieving Great Outcomes for Children with Cleft Lip and Palate

By: Mislen Bauer on July 12, 2021

Cleft lip and palate occurs when the baby's lip or mouth does not form properly during pregnancy. The two conditions together make up some of the most common birth defects as one out of every 700 babies is born with a cleft lip, cleft palate or both. The good news about cleft lip and palate is that the condition is now easier to diagnose, treat and correct than ever before. Here’s what you need to know about this common birth defect. 

Scoliosis and Treatment for Children and Teens

By: Stephen George, MD on June 18, 2021

Scoliosis affects millions of children in the U.S. each year. Unfortunately, many of us are not aware of the signs and symptoms of scoliosis or how to treat it. The Center for Spinal Disorders at Nicklaus Children's Hospital has provided an overview of scoliosis and its different treatment methods. Their goal is to offer compassionate and comprehensive care to each child.

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