Healthy Living

The latest research shows youth sports participation has increased dramatically across the country in recent years. In some cases, a young athlete is focusing on single sport at a young age. As a result, we are seeing an increase of › Continue Reading

If you’re the parent of a young athlete, you’re likely familiar with sports physicals. You’ve seen the ads for them: short wait times, no appointment needed, open seven days a week. But are these quick medical check-ups the best way › Continue Reading

When Brayden was born, doctors told his parents he may never walk because of his cerebral palsy, but this weekend his family will be watching as he runs his first 5K race with five of his newest friends. Toeing the › Continue Reading

Fall sports are in full swing and many youth football players are hitting the field and learning the ins and outs of the game.  With this high contact sport, a common sports injury follows. Acromioclavicular Separation or AC sprain is also › Continue Reading

Now that school is back in session and students have had a chance to settle in, a lot of parents share the same worries over their child’s progress. Perhaps these sound familiar: How well is my child getting along with his/her › Continue Reading

August is National Breastfeeding Month, and I would like to help raise awareness for mothers needing better access to breastfeeding resources in the workplace. In Cincinnati we have much room for improvement. Allow me to explain. The disparity in breastfeeding statistics › Continue Reading

Country music is like medicine to my 9-year-old son. Sometimes when he’s having a bad day or if he’s been bullied, he’ll come home and listen to the music on his tablet all afternoon just to feel better. Connor was › Continue Reading

Parents of school-age children who have behavioral difficulties in school often wonder: “Does my child have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?” Determining if a child has one (or both) of the conditions is important › Continue Reading

My daughter, Jordan, is 18 years old and will be attending a post-secondary program in the fall. While this might sound like a typical path some students take, it is an achievement I wasn’t sure she would be able to › Continue Reading

Growing up you may have heard the saying, “leaves of three, let them be.” It’s an easy way to remember how to recognize poison ivy or oak plants – and it’s an important thing to teach kids as they’re exploring › Continue Reading

A swimmer with shoulder pain is pretty common to anyone who knows the sport. With few exceptions, shoulder pain in a swimmer will be an overuse injury, meaning it builds over time with continuous irritation from the same motions over › Continue Reading

We planned our family vacation like most parents do. We scheduled days off work, booked flights, made reservations, bought amusement park tickets, and packed our bags. Unlike most parents, we also planned two practices with the help of CVG Airport, › Continue Reading

Everyone is outside again, playing sports and having fun in warmer weather.  As spring sports seasons progress, I always see an increase in injuries and pain. As director of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s, I see many young athletes in clinic › Continue Reading

All kids deserve great childhoods and all #greatchildhoods begin with great parenting. While no method of parenting is perfect, taking a positive and loving approach from birth is a step in the right direction. Positive parenting helps foster the healthy › Continue Reading

Someone once told me if you love something, you should keep it close to you. This is what running does for me. Since middle school, running has been one of my biggest passions. I loved being able to go out › Continue Reading

McDonald’s may have had the right idea in incentivizing children with toys to make certain food choices. Our team wondered if we could use a similar tactic but motivate kids to make healthy choices instead. Could we help them to › Continue Reading

If your child or teen has been struggling with depression, you may be understandably worried. I mention “child” because it is not uncommon for a child to be depressed. While it does not happen as often in children as it › Continue Reading

When the topic of child abuse and neglect makes headlines, it’s usually for all the wrong reasons. That is until April each year when the national conversation surrounding this topic turns to something more positive – prevention. April is reserved › Continue Reading

  Today is a day to celebrate voices. Each year since 2002, World Voice Day (WVD) has been internationally recognized on April 16. This year’s theme, “Voice: The Original Social Media,” illustrates how we use our voice every day to › Continue Reading

One in three American kids and teens are overweight or obese. According to the American Heart Association, this puts them at a higher risk for heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. The Physical Activity Guidelines recommend that › Continue Reading

Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries I see as a physician of sports medicine. It’s estimated that two million ankle sprains occur across the country every year – almost half taking place during sports-related activity. Ankle sprains › Continue Reading

Today is the American Diabetes Association’s Alert Day. It’s their official call for Americans to receive an assessment to see if they’re at-risk for developing type 2 diabetes. While the initiative is mostly directed toward adults, it’s an important message › Continue Reading

By now, many parents have probably heard about the allergy study that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggesting the early introduction of peanut protein decreased the frequency of the development of peanut allergies. The validity of › Continue Reading

When my oldest son started kindergarten two years ago I thought of all the fun and cute lunches I could pack for him. I have always been drawn to Pinterest boards of beautiful lunches that included sandwiches shaped like stars › Continue Reading

In the spirit of sharing information during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, I’d like to give parents a heads up on a nationwide trend that I’ve also been encountering in our Eating Disorders Clinic. It’s called orthorexia, and it is › Continue Reading