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Pediatric Medicine

Pediatric medicine provides expert care for common problems to the most complex situations from birth through the teen years.

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In The News

Pediatric care now available in Belle Plaine

Foram Mankodi, M.D., began seeing patients at the Belle Plaine clinic July 13.

July 26, 2017
First babies of the new year announced in Fairmont, Mankato and New Prague

Mayo Clinic Health System today announced the birth of the first baby of the New Year in its hospitals in Fairmont, Mankato and New Prague. 

January 3, 2017

From The Blog

Back-to-school tips to help your child make the grade

A new school year is a great time to revisit goals and re-establish good habits — for kids and their parents.

October 9, 2017

5 tips to manage ADHD in children

Does your child have difficulty focusing on an activity or seem impulsive in behavior? When symptoms are severe enough and cause ongoing problems in more than one area of your child’s life, it could be a sign of a neurobehavioral disorder, such as ADHD.

Renee Breland NP By Renee Breland June 1, 2017

Tips for temper tantrums

We’ve all been there. Your toddler is having a meltdown in the middle of the grocery store aisle. What do you do now? Truth be told, there is no perfect way to handle your child’s temper tantrum. These tips may offer some techniques you haven’t tried yet.

Chad Kritzberger MD By Chad Kritzberger March 2, 2017

Practical ways to raise confident kids

A child’s confidence depends on hearing certain messages, and parents are in the best position to send them. Confident children know their own goodness, and that they are worthy of being loved and belonging with their friends and family.

Chad Kritzberger MD By Chad Kritzberger January 26, 2017

Expanded Special Care Nursery means more care options for premature infants

Caring for a newborn can be a challenge. Caring for a premature newborn who is hospitalized 90 miles away from home is even more of a challenge. Just ask Mankato resident Callie Vanderhoof.

June 3, 2016

Keeping children's teeth healthy

Dentistry has come a long way since the Middle Ages, when people had their teeth yanked out at the barbershop. In fact, dental care has greatly expanded in the last 20 years. But even now, with the latest dental advancements, you still have to play an active role in your dental care — and your child’s.

May 20, 2016

Mayo Clinic Children’s Center

This year, Mayo Clinic celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Mayo Clinic Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital. However, Mayo Clinic’s history in caring for children, both locally and across the region, began long before the creation of the children’s hospital.

May 16, 2016

Does your child need antibiotics, or will home remedies do?

For parents, it can be hard to tell whether your child’s illness requires antibiotics or if there are other ways to effectively treat their symptoms. In order to prevent overuse of these drugs, it’s important to know which situations can use home remedies instead of antibiotics.


April 28, 2015

'Camp Wabi ... is the most rewarding place on earth.'

After working at Camp Wabi for the past two years, I have come to a realization — it is the most rewarding place on this earth. As a counselor, I have witnessed the momentous, positive changes this camp can make — physically, mentally and emotionally.

April 27, 2015

Student's determination inspires others

Ty Wiberg, a 13-year-old Chippewa Falls, Wis., native, bears more than his share of burdens in life.

March 2, 2015

Early diagnosis keeps Lily moving forward

Lily Gersemehl is always on the move — running, climbing and dancing her way through life. Perhaps she’s making up for lost time after being born with hip dysplasia.

February 19, 2015

An answer for Abbie

When 12-year-old Abbie Larrington’s symptoms started last spring, they were easy enough to explain away. She was exhausted, but it was the end of her basketball season. Why wouldn't she be tired? But her mom knew there was a problem.

August 4, 2014