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Heart Kids: Advice I’d Give My Past Self About Having A Baby With A Heart Condition (Part 1)

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“If I’d only known then what I know now” is one of those phrases that we often find ourselves thinking once we’ve gained the wisdom of hindsight. And when you’re raising a heart kid, you might feel this way after weathering each and every storm.

What would you tell your past self, on the day your baby was born, if you had the chance?

When we asked this question on social media, the responses were overwhelming. And they covered a wide range of issues, from staying strong to embracing unknowns. Read More

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Sean Akers

Hi, I’m Dr. Sean Akers, and I’m a Licensed Clinical Pediatric Psychologist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I serve as the primary psychologist for the heart transplant team as well as the coordinator of the Consult Liaison Service. My job is to provide heart kids and their families with support throughout their journey.

When Your Heart Kid Plays Sports: 5 Tips To Ease Your Anxiety

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It’s natural for parents to have some level of worry about their child’s health, safety, and well-being, especially when sports are involved.

And when a child has a medical condition—like a heart defect—that level of concern might be compounded by worries about how physical activity could impact her health.

In some cases, you might even wonder if playing sports should be completely out of the question for your heart kid. However, while each child’s case is unique, in general, heart kids can play sports just like any other children. The important thing to keep in mind is safety. Read More

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Sean Akers

Hi, I’m Dr. Sean Akers, and I’m a Licensed Clinical Pediatric Psychologist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I serve as the primary psychologist for the heart transplant team as well as the coordinator of the Consult Liaison Service. My job is to provide heart kids and their families with support throughout their journey.

Heart Kids: Why We Use That Term For Our Awesome Patients

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If you have been following the smallbeats blog, you have probably seen the term “heart kid” on more than one occasion.

Parents have asked us: “Why do you call kids with heart conditions ‘heart kids’?”

That’s an important question, and one that I am happy to answer. 
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Sean Akers

Hi, I’m Dr. Sean Akers, and I’m a Licensed Clinical Pediatric Psychologist at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I serve as the primary psychologist for the heart transplant team as well as the coordinator of the Consult Liaison Service. My job is to provide heart kids and their families with support throughout their journey.