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How To Set Realistic Rules For Heart Kids

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Parenting doesn’t come with an instruction manual or rulebook—as much as we sometimes wish it did. Yet when we become parents, we’re expected to set rules for our children—even though we might not know what all of those rules should be.

The fact that your child has a heart condition might seem to complicate things even more. Should you hold him to the same rules and expectations as his heart-healthy siblings? How do you enforce the rules when you’re worried about the impact stress could have on his health? 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.

4 Other Health Conditions That Heart Kids Can Have

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When a child has a congenital heart defect (CHD), we don’t just look at his heart—we look at his whole body.

That’s because CHD can cause other health conditions or symptoms in heart kids. And we want to make sure that we give every child the care he needs for every issue that might arise.

Here are 4 health conditions and symptoms that may be associated with CHD:

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Barb Roessner

Hi, I'm Barb, and I'm a Physician Assistant and coordinator of the Heart Failure and Transplant Program at Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I work with patients and families at every step of the journey, from diagnosing their child's heart condition to my favorite part—calling them to say "We have a heart."

5 Bad Bugs That Heart Parents Should Watch Out For

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Between wheezes, sneezes, and just “feeling yucky,” it’s never fun to watch your child get sick. But if he has a congenital heart defect (CHD), it can even be dangerous.

Heart kids can have weaker immune systems than other people. It can take them longer to recover from an illness, and they’re at a higher risk for developing complications. For example, a case of the flu can turn into pneumonia.

So it’s important to recognize symptoms of illnesses quickly, get your child to the doctor right away, and make sure she’s getting the right treatment. Read More

Barb Roessner

Hi, I'm Barb, and I'm a Physician Assistant and coordinator of the Heart Failure and Transplant Program at Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. I work with patients and families at every step of the journey, from diagnosing their child's heart condition to my favorite part—calling them to say "We have a heart."