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2021 St. Jude Dream Home tickets sold out!

Mid-Southerners raised $1.6 million dollars for St. Jude!

  Summer camps talk reopening amid pandemic

Applications now open for Shelby County government summer jobs

  Authorities search for arsonist after two fires at Memphis Daycare

  Could extra screen time during pandemic cause eye problems for kids?

  Gov. Lee calls for SCS schools to reopen in two weeks

Varsity Brands reaches $10 million milestone for St. Jude

Continued Coverage

  LeBonheur seeks to join COVID-19 vaccination trial for kids

  Construction has officially started on St. Jude’s Dream Home for 2021

  New surgical technique being used in the Mid-South to help children with deformities

  The Investigators: Working parents choose between child care or leaving children unattended as students learn virtually

  Tennessee extends child care payment assistance program through end of the year

  Shelby County Health Department will not release school-specific COVID-19 case counts

  The Investigators: What will increased screen time mean for your child’s physical, mental health?

Medical experts say too much screen time can be harmful to anyone, but what about developing minds in particular?

  Arkansas seeing decline in COVID-19 cases among youth

Thursday, Arkansas officials discussed a positive trend among younger children and COVID-19 cases.

  Health expert shares ways to keep kids active while virtual learning

Since many kids will be attending school online, P.E. may not be a part of their day. But kids can still be active.

  8-year-old in desperate need of bone marrow match

He’s been waiting for over a year and a half and, because he’s Black, he’ll likely have to wait even longer.

  Expert explains how to reduce the risk of coronavirus exposure for kids

  Free mental health check-up offered for children in Memphis

Talking to your kids about current situation in country

  Mid-Southerners show love and support through virtual floor signing

  YMCA, city of Memphis partnering to expand free childcare for essential workers

  Tennessee expands free child care program until mid-August so that many more can now benefit

  Parents begin seeking child care as businesses reopen

Some families in the Mid-South are running into a difficult problem with businesses reopening. Parents are heading back to work, but kids still don't have school, and may be too old for day cares.

  Disney brings back Bedtime Hotline for kids

Disney is offering a hotline that lets characters say good night to kids.

  Doctor at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital works with survivors long after they win the battle

Before joining St. Jude in 2008, Dr. Tim Folse practiced family medicine for 20 years. He says his job at the hospital has basically been a whole new world.

  Mother says St. Jude ‘angels’ saved her daughter’s life

To look at the beautiful, bright smile on 16-year-old Paishence’s face now, you would never know that she was in serious pain eight years ago. While she says she doesn’t fully remember it, her mom will never forget.

  The Investigators: Tennessee offers money to day cares suffering during pandemic but all are not eligible

The Tennessee Department of Human Services opened applications Wednesday for child care centers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  ‘Keep it simple and age-appropriate’: Talking to your kids about COVID-19

If you’re having to stay home with your kids because of school closures, private reading tutor Stephanie White says take advantage of the opportunity. You don’t have to be perfect.

  Pediatric flu deaths on the rise in Tenn.

Ten children in Tennessee have died from the flu so far.

  State questioned about unspent childcare funds

Instead of spending the money, the state returned much of it to the federal government, which sent it to other states.

  Well Child health exam leads to life-saving heart surgery for 8-year-old boy

A little boy with a big heart has an eye on the future thanks to one organization providing in-school exams.

  Mom makes desperate plea for 8-year-old son in need of bone marrow transplant

A Tennessee Mom is making a desperate plea for her son battling a serious condition -- sickle cell anemia.

  Delay in testing for SCS students potentially exposed to lead at school

Last week, the Shelby County Health Department said the testing window was set to begin Dec. 10. But Tuesday afternoon Shelby County Schools told WMC Action News 5 the testing has not started, and they’re working to review all opt-in forms and documents.

  Best Life: Working out while pregnant can benefit your baby’s motor skills

Researchers at East Carolina University have found something moms-to-be can do to lower their child’s risk of obesity.

  Best Life: Planning ahead can help fight risk factor for anxiety

Anxiety disorders affect one in eight kids in the U.S.

  Best Life: Doctors put premature birth myths to rest

About one in 10 babies are born prematurely in the U.S. There can be feelings of guilt and confusion for parents. But what is fact and what is fiction?

  Best Life: Healthy changes for parents fighting childhood obesity in America

Despite the good intent, dietitians say that putting kids on a restrictive diet can lead to eating disorders and yo-yo dieting.

  SCS reports high lead levels in water at 11 additional schools

Now a total of 35 SCS campuses have tested positive for lead.

  Best Life: New concussion recovery guidelines better suited for children & teens

New guidelines, the first update in eight years, are relaxing the rules a bit making it a little easier for kids to recover both physically and mentally.

  Shelby County Health Department to begin offering free lead screening for SCS students

The Shelby County Health Department is offering free lead screening for students that attend Shelby County Schools following results of unhealthy amounts of lead found in some schools water last week.

  SCS awaiting lead and water test results from an additional 30 schools

At a press conference Thursday, Shelby County Schools confirmed high levels of lead were found in the water at 24 schools.

  Sister surrogate: Woman’s twin sister volunteers to carry her baby

Kaila Jorgensen had just gotten engaged when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her outlook for having a baby got worse when doctors found out how advanced her cancer was.

  Pediatric studies show TV time affects sleep in young children

TV or no TV in the bedroom? For some kids, it’s allowed. Others don’t have TV at their fingertips, but wish they did.

  Dermatologists uncover laser treatment for port wine stain birthmarks

For people with port wine stain birthmarks, laser surgery is one way to soften the appearance.

  Is there a danger hiding in your child’s brain? What parents need to know about child strokes

One year ago, the Christie family gathered around the dinner table when 10-year-old Neal started acting strangely.

  Mid-South states fall short on March of Dimes preterm birth rate report card

The 2019 report card grades Tennessee with a D. Mississippi and Arkansas both received F’s.

Le Bonheur breaks ground for new interactive outdoor space

Le Bonheur Green is a donor-funded $3 million project.

  Memphis YMCAs eliminate sugary drinks from kids’ menu

The American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics are calling for additional taxes on sugary beverages. Now, one Mid-South youth program is eliminating sugary drinks altogether.

  Lawmakers, TN Health Dept. working to boost vaccination rates

The CDC confirmed there have been 200 cases in 11 states so far this year. The state of Tennessee is now spending $400,000 to educate parents about vaccines.

  Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital planning $37.6 million expansion of Heart Institute

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital has announced a major expansion to its Heart Institute, creating a 31-bed dedicated cardiovascular unit.

  Memphis hospital is 1st to use new FDA-approved device to fix hole in infant’s heart

Le Bonheur Children's Hospital becomes world’s first hospital to use device.

  Methodist Le Bonheur holds dedication for new 9-story tower

To wrap up its 100th year, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare held a dedication on Wednesday for its $275 million modernization project.

  Le Bonheur reports increase in RSV cases

The hospital said Thursday they’re seeing an elevated number of cases right now just as flu season kicks into gear.

  Counselor addresses ways to prevent bullying

An online petition addressed to Houston High School administrators is calling for an end to bullying after it said a student took his own life.

  Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) often mistaken for flu in babies

This is the time of year when babies start to come down with a virus that parents may mistake for the cold or flu, but it's actually something much more serious.

Talking to babies makes them smarter, study says

The toddlers whose parents had more back-and-forth conversations with them scored higher on IQ and vocabulary tests.

Family Health Focus at Free Summer Seminar Series

As the summer season heats up, Saint Francis Hospital is offering FREE family health seminars each month through August. (Now updated with events for June, July, & August)