Visit our foundation to give a gift.
View Locations Near Me
Main Campus – Hartford
Connecticut Children’s – Waterbury
Urgent Care – Farmington
Specialty Care Center – Danbury
Connecticut Children’s Surgery Center at Farmington
Specialty Care Center – Fairfield
Search All Locations
Find a doctor
Find A Doctor
Request an Appointment
Amenities and Services
Who’s Who on Care Team
Getting Ready for Surgery
What to Expect—Picture Stories
Pay a Bill
Understanding the Different Fees
Pricing Transparency and Estimates
Raytheon Technologies Family Resource Center
Family Advisory Council
Legal Advocacy: Benefits, Education, Housing
Electronic Health Records
Share Your Story
Pay a Bill
Login to MyChart
Clinical Support Services Referrals
About the Network
Join the Network
Graduate Medical Education
Continuing Medical Education
MOC/Practice Quality Improvement
Educating Practices in the Community (EPIC)
Learning & Performance
Meet our Physician Relations Team
Request Medical Records
Join our Referring Provider Advisory Board
View our Physician Callback Standards
Read & Subscribe to Medical News
Register for Email Updates
Update Your Practice Information
Refer a Patient
Find and Print Health Info
If your child has special needs in the classroom, he or she may be eligible for a government-supported learning plan.
Abnormality of gait (or gait abnormality) is an unusual walking pattern or style.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a brain disorder that affects muscle tone and motor skills (the ability to coordinate body movements).
A to Z: Coxa Valga
Failure to thrive refers to a child’s inability to gain weight and grow as expected for kids of the same age and gender. Most diagnoses are made in the first few years of life.
Flat foot is a condition in which the arches on the inside of a person’s foot have less curve to them or are flat, so that the entire sole of the foot rests on the ground when the person is standing.
Learn about congenital disorders and conditions that affect the brain and central nervous system.
Hyperopia is farsightedness, a common condition in which someone can see things in the distance clearly, but things that are closer appear blurry.
Hypoxemia is a condition in which there is a lower than normal level of oxygen in the blood.
Myopia is nearsightedness, a common condition in which someone can see things that are close clearly, but things that are farther away appear blurry.
The term neurogenic bladder refers to a bladder that doesn’t function properly because of nervous damage.
Learn about complications of spinal cord injuries and conditions that affect the central nervous system.
Learn about scoliosis, an abnormal curvature in the spine often detected just before puberty begins.
Vitamin D deficiency is a condition that happens when a person isn’t getting enough vitamin D, which is needed for strong bones and overall health.
Read the basics about genetics, including how certain illnesses, or increased risks for certain illnesses, pass from generation to generation.
Apnea of prematurity (AOP) is a condition in which premature infants stop breathing for 15 to 20 seconds during sleep. AOP usually goes away on its own as a baby matures.
Find out what the experts have to say.
Kids with special needs have many options when it comes to supportive seats. View this slideshow to see what’s available.
Kids who have trouble walking have many options when it comes to getting around. View the slideshow below to learn more.
Kids with ataxic CP have trouble with balance. They may walk with their legs farther apart than other kids. And they can have trouble knowing exactly where something is.
When your child has a serious or chronic illness, it’s hard to think beyond the next treatment. But with planning and communication, you can help your child balance treatment and academics.
El cordón umbilical contiene vasos sanguíneos que ayudan a trasportar oxígeno y sangre rica en nutrientes hacia el cuerpo del bebé, y a llevarse sangre rica en productos de desecho desde el cuerpo del bebé.
Doctors order basic blood chemistry tests to assess a wide range of conditions and the function of organs.
Some birth defects are minor and cause no problems; others cause major disabilities. Learn about the different types of birth defects, and how to help prevent them.
Here are the basics about the life-sustaining fluid called blood.
An alanine aminotransferase (ALT) blood test is often part of an initial screening for liver disease.
An aspartate aminotransferase (AST) blood test is often part of an initial screening for liver problems.
A basic metabolic panel (BMP), commonly ordered as part of routine medical exam, is a set of blood tests that gives information about sugar (glucose) and calcium levels, kidney function, and electrolyte and fluid balance.
Doctors may order bilirubin blood tests for infants or older kids if they see signs of the skin taking on the yellow discoloration known as jaundice.
The complete blood count (CBC) is the most common blood test. It analyzes red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
A comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) blood test helps evaluate kidney and liver function, sugar (glucose) and protein levels in the blood, and electrolyte and fluid balance.
Testing for GGT helps doctors look for problems with the liver or bile ducts.
Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells. A hemoglobin test can be done as part of a routine checkup to screen for problems and or because a child isn’t feeling well.
Liver function tests can help doctors see if the liver has been damaged. They also can help diagnose infections and monitor medications that can cause liver-related side effects.
This test is often used to evaluate the cause of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or any other conditions related to abnormal insulin production.
Lactate dehydrogenase (also called lactic acid dehydrogenase, or LDH) is an enzyme found in almost all body tissues. The LDH test is generally used to screen for tissue damage.
In babies and young kids whose brains are still developing, even a small amount of lead can cause learning disabilities and behavioral problems. A lead test can determine the amount of lead in the blood.
A lipase test may be done if a child has signs of a problem with the pancreas, such as belly pain, nausea, or vomiting.
Doctors do this test to assess blood levels of magnesium, which helps the muscles and nerves function, the heart maintain normal rhythm, the bones stay strong, and the body process energy and make proteins.
Doctors may order a phosphorus blood test to help diagnose or monitor kidney disorders, calcium and bone problems, or other conditions.
Doctors may order a blood test for valproic acid, an anticonvulsant drug prescribed mainly to prevent seizures, to monitor how well the liver is processing the medication.
Without bones, muscles, and joints, we couldn’t stand, walk, run, or even sit. The musculoskeletal system supports our bodies, protects our organs from injury, and enables movement.
The brain controls everything we do, and is often likened to the central computer within a vast, complicated communication network, working at lightning speed.
There are many camp choices for kids with special needs. From highly specialized camps to regular camps that accommodate kids with special needs, options abound.
Taking care of a chronically ill child is one of the most draining and difficult tasks a parent can face. But support groups, social workers, and family friends often can help.
Kids love their siblings. Often, those who have a brother or sister with special needs want to help. Here’s how to help them feel loved and secure about their place in the family.
By being aware of what healthy siblings are going through and taking a few steps to make things a little easier for them, parents can help kids cope.
An abdominal CAT scan can detect inflammation, infection, injury or disease in the liver, spleen, kidneys, bladder, stomach, bowel, pancreas, adrenal glands, blood vessels, and lymph nodes.
A head CAT scan is a painless test that uses a special X-ray machine to take pictures of a patient’s brain, skull, and sinuses, as well as blood vessels in the head. It might be done to check for any number of conditions.
Cerebral palsy (CP) affects a child’s muscle tone, movement, and more. This article explains causes, diagnosis, treatment, and coping.
Learn all about cerebral palsy (CP), one of the most common congenital disorders of childhood. Help your child or teen manage the condition, and find the help and services that kids with CP are entitled to.
If your child has cerebral palsy, there’s a lot to know. This checklist makes it easy to find out what programs and services may be available to you.
If you have a school-age child with cerebral palsy, there’s a lot to know. This checklist makes it easy to find out what programs and services may be available to you.
If your teen has cerebral palsy, there’s a lot to know. This checklist makes it easy to determine what programs and services might be needed as your teen nears adulthood.
What teachers should know about cerebral palsy, and teaching strategies to help students with CP succeed in school.
Are you raising a child with cerebral palsy? This guide offers advice, resources, and support so that you can help your child reach his or her full potential.
Ira has cerebral palsy (CP), but it doesn’t interfere with his love of sports or his dream of being a broadcaster. Check out this video.
Get advice from parents raising kids with cerebral palsy. Learn what works, what doesn’t, and what helped these families the most.
Shannon has cerebral palsy, which limits many abilities. But her wheelchair and her communication device give her the freedom to explore, and a voice to be heard.
La retinopatía del prematuro, que se manifiesta principalmente en bebés prematuros, es una enfermedad que produce la proliferación de vasos sanguíneos anómalos en la retina, la capa del tejido nervioso del ojo que nos permite ver. Algunos casos de retinopatía del prematuro son leves y se corrigen solos, pero otros requieren de cirugía para prevenir la pérdida de la visión o la ceguera.
Kids with cerebral palsy often have trouble eating. But with the right diet and feeding techniques, they can get the nutrients needed to thrive.
The digestive process starts even before the first bite of food. Find out more about the digestive system and how our bodies break down and absorb the food we eat.
Here’s how to set boundaries and communicate your expectations in a nurturing, loving way.
Dyskinetic CP, or athetoid CP, is a type of CP. Kids with dyskinetic CP have trouble controlling muscle movement.
Hearing may be the ears’ main job, but it’s not all they do. Learn all about the ears in this Body Basics article.
Is your child scheduled to have an ECG? Find out how this test is performed and when you can expect the results.
Is your child scheduled to have an EEG? Find out how this test is done and when you can expect the results.
The glands of the endocrine system and the hormones they release affect almost every cell, organ, and function of our bodies.
The eyes are small compared with most of the body’s other organs, but their structure is incredibly complex. Learn more about eyes, vision, and common problems with both.
Most kids grow well but some have ”failure to thrive.” This means they don’t gain weight as expected and may not grow as tall as they should.
Learning about the female reproductive system, what it does, and the problems that can affect it can help you better understand your daughter’s reproductive health.
Although the emotional price of raising a seriously ill child can be devastating, it’s only part of the picture. Even during this difficult time, you have to consider the financial implications.
These 10 steps can help take the anxiety and worry out of your child’s financial future and make sure that your child will be taken care of even after you’re gone.
Finding that perfect person to care for your child can be a challenge. These resources can help.
Some kids have medical problems that prevent them from being able to take adequate nutrition by mouth. A gastrostomy tube (also called a G-tube) delivers nutrition directly to the stomach.
Advances in genetic testing help doctors diagnose and treat certain illnesses. The type of test done depends on which condition a doctor checks for.
Involving teens in their health care can help prepare them for managing it on their own as adults.
Hearing problems can be overcome if they’re caught early, so it’s important to get your child’s hearing screened early and checked regularly.
What teachers should know about hearing impairments, and how to help students who have one succeed in school.
The heart and circulatory system are our body’s lifeline, delivering blood to the body’s tissues. Brush up on your ticker with this body basics article.
Finding coverage for your kids may be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Many kids are eligible for government or community programs, even if their parents work. Learn what resources are available to your family.
The immune system, composed of special cells, proteins, tissues, and organs that protect against germs and microorganisms, is the body’s defense against disease.
What teachers need to know about incontinence, and how to help students with the condition succeed in school.
Some kids may be eligible for individualized education programs in public schools, free of charge. Understanding how to access these services can help you be an effective advocate for your child.
Deciding to enroll your child in a clinical study will depend on its potential benefits and risks, as well as your child’s particular illness. Learn more.
The bean-shaped kidneys, each about the size of a child’s fist, are essential to our health. Their most important role is to filter blood and produce urine.
Everyone’s spine is slightly rounded forward at a gentle angle. If this angle is too pronounced, more than 50 degrees or so, it’s called kyphosis, also known as roundback or hunchback.
What teachers should know about language impairments, and how to help students with language impairments do their best in school.
What teachers should know about students with limited mobility, and how teachers can help them in the classroom.
If your child is scheduled to have a lumbar puncture, also called a spinal tap, read about how this test is performed and when you can expect the results.
By the time we’re 70 years old, we will have taken at least 600 million breaths. All of this breathing couldn’t happen without the respiratory system.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a safe and painless test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of the body’s organs and structures.
A brain MRI, a safe and painless test that produces detailed images of the brain and the brain stem, can help detect cysts, tumors, bleeding, and other problems.
Understanding the male reproductive system and what it does can help you better understand your son’s reproductive health.
When kids need intensive health care after they’re discharged from the hospital, it’s important that family and caregivers learn about the devices, equipment, and support they’ll need.
When you’re in sync with your spouse, you’re better able to care for your child. Here are 10 ways to strengthen your relationship.
Brush up on metabolism, the chemical reactions in the body’s cells that change food into energy, in this article.
Our mouth and teeth play an important role in our daily lives. Here’s a course on the basics – including common problems of the mouth and teeth.
Occupational therapy can help improve kids’ cognitive, physical, and motor skills and build their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
Doctors often recommend physical therapy for kids who have been injured or have movement problems from an illness, disease, or disability. Learn more about PT.
Genetic counselors work with people who are either planning to have a baby or are pregnant to determine whether they carry the genes for certain inherited disorders. Find out more.
If your child needs to have an operation, you probably have plenty of questions, many of them about anesthesia.
Good preparation can help your child feel less anxious about getting surgery. Kids of all ages cope much better if they have an idea of what’s going to happen and why.
When kids know they’re “going to the doctor,” many become worried about the visit. Here’s how to help them.
Retinopathy of prematurity, which can happen in premature babies, causes abnormal blood vessel growth in the retina. Some children will need surgery to prevent vision loss or blindness.
Scoliosis makes a person’s spine curve from side to side. Large curves can cause health problems like pain or breathing trouble. Health care providers treat scoliosis with back braces or surgery when needed.
Our skin protects the network of tissues, muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, and everything else inside our bodies. Hair and nails are actually modified types of skin.
Kids with spastic CP have stiff muscles in the upper part of the body, the lower part, or both.
Kids with special needs may quality for services to help with learning. Here is a guide to getting the help your child needs.
With info on financial and health care benefits to employment and housing options, this video series can help you plan for your child’s future.
What teachers should know about speech and language impairments, and how to help students with impairments succeed in school.
What teachers should know about students with speech impairments, and what teachers can do to help them succeed in school.
Spina bifida is a birth defect that involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings. It’s usually detected before a baby is born and treated right away.
Find out how and why doctors perform lumbar punctures (spinal taps).
Spirometry measures how much and how quickly someone breathes in and out. It can help diagnose and monitor diseases that make it hard to breathe.
The lymphatic system is an extensive drainage network that helps keep bodily fluid levels in balance and defends the body against infections.
You might have more on your plate than most parents, but it doesn’t mean you have to do it all alone. Here’s how to ask for help and avoid caregiver burnout.
It’s common to put your own needs last when caring for a child you love. But to be the best you can be, you need to take care of yourself, too. Here are some tips to help you recharge.
Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is a combination of problems caused by a birth defect that changes the way blood flows through the heart.
A medical home is a new term in health care. But what does it mean? Find out what a medical home is and why your child needs one.
Gracias a los avances en investigación médica, los médicos ahora cuentan con herramientas que les permiten entender más sobre cómo las enfermedades, o los riesgos de sufrir de ciertas enfermedades, pasan de una generación a otra.
Doctors order abdominal ultrasounds when they’re concerned about symptoms such as abdominal pain, repeated vomiting, abnormal liver or kidney function tests, or a swollen belly.
Doctors order bladder ultrasounds when there’s a concern about bladder problems, such as difficulty urinating or daytime wetting.
Doctors order head ultrasounds when there’s a concern about neurological problems in an infant.
A renal ultrasound makes images of your child’s kidneys, ureters, and bladder. Doctors may order this test if they suspect kidney damage, cysts, tumors, kidney stones, or complications from urinary tract infections.
This test can show if certain substances are found at high concentrations in the urine, and might be causing kidney stones.
Automated dipstick urinalysis results may point to a urinary tract infection (UTI) or injury, kidney disease, or diabetes.
A urine calcium test can help monitor or determine the cause of kidney stones and other kidney diseases, or detect overactivity or underactivity in the parathyroid glands.
A urine dipstick test is often done as part of an overall urinalysis. The results of this test can help doctors diagnose a urinary tract infection (UTI), kidney disease, diabetes, or a urinary tract injury.
A microscopic urinalysis can help detect a urinary tract infection (UTI), kidney problems, diabetes, or a urinary tract injury.
Is your child having a urine culture or urinalysis performed? Find out why urine tests are performed, and what to expect when the doctor orders them.
Muchos de nosotros hemos tenido esa sensación extraña de que se nos taponan los oídos cuando volamos en avión. Para los niños esa sensación puede parecer aún más rara y llegarles incluso a asustar.
What teachers should know about visual impairments, and how to help students with vision problems succeed in school.
Vitamin D is needed for strong bones, but is hard to come by because it’s found in few foods. Here’s how to make sure kids get enough vitamin D.
A VCUG can help evaluate the bladder’s size and shape, and look for problems, such as a blockage. It can also show whether pee is moving in the right direction.
If your child has a birth defect, you don’t have to go it alone – many people and resources are available to help you.
When your child has a disability and needs services, there’s a lot you need to know. This glossary defines terms on health care, government benefits, learning, legal and financial matters, and more.
An abdominal X-ray can help find the cause of many abdominal problems, such as pain, kidney stones, intestinal blockage, a hole in the intestine, or an abdominal mass such as a tumor.
A chest X-ray is a safe and painless test that uses a small amount of radiation to take a picture of a person’s chest, including the heart, lungs, diaphragm, lymph nodes, upper spine, ribs, collarbone, and breastbone.
A hip X-ray can help find the cause of symptoms such as limping, pain, tenderness, swelling, or deformity in the hip area. It can detect broken bones or a dislocated joint.
A pelvis X-ray can help find the cause pain, swelling, or deformity in the pelvic, hip, or upper leg regions, and can detect broken bones.
Kids with scoliosis have a spine that curves, like an S or a C. If scoliosis is suspected, a doctor may order X-rays to measure the curvature of the spine.
An upper GI X-ray can help find the cause of swallowing difficulties, unexplained vomiting, abdominal discomfort, severe indigestion, ulcers, reflux, hiatal hernia, or blockages.