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Today is “Rare Disease Day.” “’Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of February each year. The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their › Continue Reading

Making decisions about college can be overwhelming for anyone. But if you have a chronic illness like Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, it can be particularly stressful. To help you prepare, our inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) team put together this › Continue Reading

When you see your child all-of-a-sudden struggling to get words out, it can be concerning.  This is especially true if your child, who previously had no difficulty speaking, is now stuttering out of the blue.  Fortunately, about 75% of children › Continue Reading

When you think about the most common infectious disease in children, tooth decay probably isn’t what comes to mind first. However, 51% of Ohio children have it. Tooth decay in kids is responsible for the loss of over 51 million › Continue Reading

My daughter Riley is a gymnast. She started when she was eight years old, and we knew almost immediately that this was her sport. That’s why we decided after less than a year of classes, she could join the trampoline › Continue Reading

It’s been a few years since I outlined 8 Facts Parents Need to Know About E-Cigarettes in a previous blog post. Unfortunately since then, their use has continued to grow among teens. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse › Continue Reading

Sugar, sugar, everywhere: blueberry muffins and juice for breakfast. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich with fruit punch and Oreos for lunch. Fruit snacks and cupcakes at a school party. Ice cream with dinner. As a nation – and even around › Continue Reading

Let’s face it. We’re all stressed, and our teenagers are no exception. They have higher expectations to perform better in school, excel in extracurricular activities and community service, and respond to social media. It’s no surprise that teen stress levels › Continue Reading

Establishing healthy eating habits early on in kids’ lives can help put them on the right path to being healthier adults. But just because you’re aiming for a healthier diet doesn’t mean they have to miss out on their favorite › Continue Reading

The benefits of eating family meals together are well documented – better grades, healthier eating habits, and stronger parent/child relationships. As parents, we envision that our meals will be happy, social times with our families. But the reality is often › Continue Reading

While this year’s flu season started off rather mild, the Ohio Department of Health reports that the first week of January saw an increase in flu-like illness. At Cincinnati Children’s, we have seen a rise in patients with confirmed flu › Continue Reading

Learning that your child needs proton therapy can be overwhelming. On top of mentally processing a child’s cancer diagnosis or new course of medical treatment, the logistics can be a lot to manage. The time commitment can vary but often › Continue Reading

It’s time to celebrate another year of incredible patients, dedicated employees, scientific and clinical breakthroughs and just generally fun things happening at Cincinnati Children’s. In chronological order, here’s a look back 2016. The turquoise links will take you to full › Continue Reading

In May of 2003, I was given a diagnosis that would change my life forever. One day I woke up a healthy and active 16-year-old girl, finishing my junior year of high school, preparing for a 10-day summer trip to › Continue Reading

It didn’t occur to me how relevant the song, “Heal the World” was to my family until someone mentioned it to me a few weeks ago. Three of my daughters participated in Cincinnati Children’s “Heal the World” holiday video and something › Continue Reading

As a child living with a congenital heart defect (CHD), I knew that I was different. I went to the doctor a lot more often than my friends did. I had scars all over my chest and back. My parents › Continue Reading

When your child’s care provider recommends surgery or a diagnostic/imaging procedure which requires sedation or anesthesia, our team of anesthesia experts will evaluate your child and decide on the appropriate type of anesthesia or sedation. While it is common in › Continue Reading

Words can’t describe how grateful I am for my friend Kerry’s posting of the dangers of button batteries each December on her Facebook page. I read what she posted a couple of years ago. And I tucked the learnings away › Continue Reading

Daily reading is key. I work every day to make sure that parents understand the key role that reading at home plays in their preschooler’s brain development and learning.  But the biggest roadblock I see when I talk to parents › Continue Reading

You don’t have to avoid traveling just because your child has Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis.  To help families prepare, our IBD team put this checklist together to help families when traveling abroad or here in the US. Maintaining your child’s › Continue Reading

Holiday menu planning can be challenging for anyone, but for friends and family members of kids with food allergies, it can be especially difficult.  So I reached out to my fellow dietitians in our allergy clinic to compile some allergy-friendly › Continue Reading

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently enhanced their warning against the use of codeine in children. This is due to increased concerns about the drug’s potentially dangerous side effects in some patients and lack of effectiveness in others. Codeine › Continue Reading

Whooping cough, a highly contagious respiratory disease, is an illness that most parents are aware of and understand how serious it can get. But because we have seen an uptick in cases the past couple of weeks, now is a › Continue Reading

It never occurred to me that I wouldn’t be able to hold my daughter right after her birth. She was born nearly three months too early – and it was a whirlwind, emergent situation bringing a premature baby into the world. › Continue Reading

It’s been 10 years since the introduction of the HPV vaccine (human papillomavirus) in 2006. A lot has happened since then, including a new study confirming how highly effective the HPV vaccine is. Because of that, I thought it would be worthwhile to provide › Continue Reading