Preparing your child for surgery and anesthesia

a father and nurse checking on a child in the hospital, recovering after surgery

Having to have surgery, a medical procedure, or even diagnostic testing can be terrifying at any age, but it can be especially unnerving for children.

While it is entirely normal and reasonable for your child to get nervous, your presence, love, and support before and after the medical procedure will help them through their surgery and ensure they have a stronger recovery.

In addition to your support, the right type of anesthesia will prevent your child from feeling pain during the procedure and may also help make your child more comfortable and less anxious after surgery.

Keep reading to learn more about what to expect when your child gets pediatric anesthesia before a medical procedure.

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What is considered healthy weight gain during pregnancy?


Many moms-to-be ask our OB/GYN doctors lots of questions about pregnancy, and one of the most popular requests is for more information about the healthy amount of weight to gain during their pregnancy.

For that question, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. It can be hard to know how much is too little weight gain during pregnancy—and, how much is too much.

Like many other things, every woman’s pregnancy is different. That’s why, your weight gain may be more or less than a friend’s, but that doesn’t mean that it is wrong. The best thing you can do is have a continuous conversation with your provider to make sure you are on a healthy track for pregnancy weight gain.

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What to expect during a high-risk pregnancy

son hugs his pregnant mother

This article is part of the Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy.

OB/GYN doctors will classify a pregnancy as high-risk when pregnancy problems and atypical complications threaten a mother, her baby, or both before, during, or after delivery.

Here, in the United States, one in ten pregnancies is classified as high-risk.

It’s common to have questions if you have a high-risk pregnancy. Keep reading to learn more about how to have a healthy pregnancy, understand which risk factors associated with high-risk pregnancies, and find out more about things you can do to prevent problems and take care of yourself and your baby.

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Diabetic skin care: Dealing with cuts and scratches

A person with diabetes with a minor cut on his knee

This article is part of the Complete Guide to Wound Care.

Getting random cuts, grazes, bumps, scrapes, and scratches now and then is just part of being alive. These types of tiny injuries to your skin are considered minor wounds.

Minor wound healing is a complicated process, and when you have diabetes it’s even more complex. That’s because your body’s ability to start the three-stage wound healing process when you have a laceration is often is inhibited by the disease.

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