Safety and Prevention

Pregnancy can be stressful – there’s a lot to think about and even avoid during those nine months. Taking the right supplements. Avoiding certain types of fish and raw foods. Steering clear of some medications. Controlling blood sugar. The list › Continue Reading

If you have school-age kids, it’s likely that they have mentioned, made, or mashed homemade slime at some point in the past several months. The craze is real: Kids all over the U.S. are enjoying making slime at home. The › Continue Reading

As a parent of three teenagers, I worry about a lot of things. At the top of that list are the challenges they face as they begin making their own decisions. Adolescents and young adults have a tremendous amount of › Continue Reading

As a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, I feel compelled to write a public service announcement (PSA) for lawn mower safety. Here’s why: I will never forget the first time I saw the consequences of a child’s injury from a lawn mowing accident. › Continue Reading

There is much excitement around the total solar eclipse taking place on August 21, 2017. Understandably so – it only happens around every 18 months and is an unbelievable sight. Even if you aren’t in the “path of totality” much › Continue Reading

Unless you live in a region of the United States that’s known for venomous snakes, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about snake bites. But knowing how to prevent them and what to do if bitten are › Continue Reading

Doing piles of laundry and managing the logistics of getting your child to games and practices comes with the territory for any athlete’s parent. But there’s something else nobody told you about when your kid signed up to play sports: › Continue Reading

Fireworks Safety Tips

Fireworks are a fantastic sight, and a part of many families’ summer celebrations. But the reality is that they are also involved in a significant number of injuries to children each year. In fact, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission › Continue Reading

There is one type of pain that adolescent boys and their parents should never ignore – testicle pain. Sudden onset of severe pain in the testicles or scrotum can indicate that an adolescent or teenaged boy has a condition called › Continue Reading

As a pediatric gastroenterologist, I’ve seen my fair share of unusual objects in kids’ stomachs. Recently, I joined my colleagues in their concern for fidget spinners potentially causing serious harm to children. I treated an older child who swallowed a › Continue Reading

We are a caffeinated society, and our teens are no exception. Caffeine is readily accessible and commonly drank by adolescents, teens, and adults alike. In fact, a 2014 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) study estimates that 73% of children consume › Continue Reading

Corralling my kids long enough to slather the recommended golf ball-sized amount of sunscreen all over their skin is no easy task.  Their wriggling and writhing combined with the sunscreen’s greasiness make it messy and challenging. But it’s worth the extra › Continue Reading

It is well known that secondhand smoke can cause serious health problems in children. Yet about 40% of them are still exposed to tobacco. We see evidence of this in our own Emergency Department (ED). About 22% of total visits › Continue Reading

One of the most frequent questions we’re asked at the Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center is: “How can I fit three car/booster seats across the back of my vehicle?” And the answer is not always a simple one. Not many vehicles › Continue Reading

For many, spring cleaning is a time to open the windows and do a little scrubbing and organizing. For others, it’s time to get the yard in shape. Whether you’re tackling inside or outside of your home, the first day of › 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

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

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

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’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

Being a parent and a pharmacist in the Drug & Poison Information Center (DPIC), I have a unique perspective on Halloween. I love the costumes and excitement of Hallow’s Eve, but because I have worked the hotline on this night › Continue Reading

The past few weeks have been confusing for some parents who have kids going through the teething phase. I’ve witnessed this first hand when answering calls for the Drug and Poison Information Center. Overwhelmingly, the most frequently asked question is: “I’ve given my › Continue Reading

As parents, we’ve all been there. Yesterday your child was down and out with a fever, this morning he’s done a complete 180 and is raring to go. So do you allow him to go to school or keep him › Continue Reading

Cardiomyopathy is a heart disease that can be life threatening, especially if you don’t know you have it. Some people have no symptoms of the disease. Others have symptoms but aren’t aware that they need to act on them. You › Continue Reading