Safety and Prevention

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

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

Parents often ask me: “Should I let my kid play football?” Or hockey, or lacrosse, or soccer, or any other contact sport. Their biggest concern with these sports has to do with concussions, and rightfully so. The concussion topic has been › Continue Reading
 As a nurse who teaches suicide prevention, I believe knowing the warning signs of suicide can be especially helpful for parents who might not have considered the possibility of this happening to their child. However, it is also important to › Continue Reading

Try this next time you’re a passenger riding in the car. Look around and count the number of drivers you see distracted by their cell phones – making phone calls, text messaging, checking email, using social media or browsing the › Continue Reading

It’s nearly impossible to turn on the news or scroll through your social media account without hearing or reading about the latest update on the Zika virus.  While I think it’s important to be educated about what’s happening, I also › Continue Reading

Studies suggest that the majority of people who die from suicide give warning signs beforehand. And while teen suicides tend to peak around certain times and events of the year, the reality is that it can occur at any time. › Continue Reading

6 RSV FAQs

While it has been a relatively mild flu season so far, we have been seeing more patients with RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). It tends to peak between the months of December and March but can happen at any time during the › Continue Reading

The Super Bowl is about a week away and many families across the country are gearing up for game day celebrations. Because TVs will be such a large part of Super Sunday, my colleagues in the Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center and › Continue Reading

It’s a simple question, but the answer is a little more complicated. There’s a safe way and a not-so-safe way for kids (and adults too!) to listen to music. And it’s an important distinction to make, because the World Health › Continue Reading

Editor’s Note: CLICK HERE to see the full policy and read a list of Frequently Asked Questions.  Protection from illness-causing germs is important for everyone – parents and staff – at Cincinnati Children’s, both during the cold winter months and › Continue Reading

For many families, the holidays mean visits to out-of-town family and friends. Unfortunately, unexpected illnesses can creep up any time – even on what’s supposed to be a fun holiday trip. When it comes to your kids’ health, a little › Continue Reading

A while back, I wrote about car seat expiration dates and the importance of knowing when a seat expires. Six years after the manufacture date is typical, but it’s always best to check each seat, as that can vary by › Continue Reading

Stories of teen athletes suddenly collapsing on the sidelines after exerting physical effort make the news quite a lot. Fortunately, these types of cardiac events don’t happen as often as it may seem. But they do happen. And in fact, › Continue Reading