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NOTICE: East Tennessee Children's Hospital maintains this website as a community service. The information included on this website is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as, a substitute for medical treatment by a health care professional. Our website is intended for educational purposes only and should not replace a visit or consultation with, or advice from, your health care provider.

Health Care

East Tennessee Children's Hospital does not recommend self-treatment and advises that all decisions regarding medical conditions or patient care be made jointly by you and your child's qualified health care provider. Please DO NOT disregard your health care provider's advice or delay seeking treatment based on information found here. If you think your child needs medical attention, please contact your health care provider immediately.

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All information appearing on the East Tennessee Children's Hospital website (except KidsHealth content) was reviewed and approved by medical and/or professional staff of East Tennessee Children's Hospital prior to being posted. All content on this website is reviewed annually and revised by staff of East Tennessee Children's Hospital as needed to remain current and accurate (except KidsHealth content). The KidsHealth content on this site is licensed from The Nemours Foundation and is operated and administered by The Nemours Center for Children's Health Media; click here to read KidsHealth's editorial policy.


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