Safety and Prevention

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

Editor’s note: WCPO news anchor and reporter Julie O’Neill wrote a personal account of  her daughter’s bicycle accident on her Facebook page this week.  Because it’s a great reminder about the importance of helmet safety and the different warning signs of concussions, we’re sharing it with › Continue Reading

I get it. Very few kids willingly receive vaccines. In fact, if parents can get in and out of the doctor’s office without tears on visits that contain shots, it feels like a small miracle. Because of this reality, I › Continue Reading

The legal answer to this question comes from the state in which you live. For the State of Ohio, booster seat law states a child should remain in a booster seat until they reach 8 years old or 4’9” tall, › Continue Reading

As we get closer to back-to-school time, parents are naturally thinking about what school supplies their children need for the upcoming year. I think this period of time also offers the opportunity to remind parents that several states, including Ohio, › Continue Reading

In these dog days of summer, you’ve probably been spending plenty of time at the pool. Keep on swimming with the kids — it’s great exercise for them and you. To make sure it stays fun for everyone, take a quick › Continue Reading

When I recently learned that another child had been injured by a fallen piece of bedroom furniture, I wasn’t surprised. More than 40 children younger than 18 are treated in emergency departments around the country each day for furniture related › Continue Reading

Summer is in full swing, which means that mosquitos are a prominent part of our outdoor activities. The Zika virus might be top of mind for some families, so I thought it would be helpful to explain some of the new › 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 involved in a significant number of injuries to children each year. In fact, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates › Continue Reading
For parents who have recently had a baby and are in the newborn and early infant phase, this period of time can offer some of the most precious and rewarding – yet challenging moments of parenthood. Two of those challenges › Continue Reading

It’s finally starting to feel like summer and these warmer days call for a reminder about the danger of vehicle-related heatstroke. The most recent data lists heatstroke as the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. On average, every 8 › Continue Reading

It may seem intimidating to talk to your children about keeping their bodies safe, but this conversation could make a dramatic impact on their safety and development. April is Child Abuse Prevention month, and the Mayerson Center for Safe and › Continue Reading

As the weather is finally getting warmer, your kids are probably itching to get outside to play. Before you usher them out the door to run amuck, please take five minutes to review the following list of the top 5 › Continue Reading

This week is National Poison Prevention Week! And while it’s a perfect time to raise awareness about the dangers of certain substances and how to avoid ingesting them, the information gleaned from the week is important to be cognizant of › Continue Reading

What we know about medications and how they affect the kidneys has evolved over the last decade. More awareness is needed around this new knowledge because what we’ve learned about nephrotoxic medications is that they can lead to poor outcomes – › Continue Reading