Safety and Prevention

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

Conversations about the legalization of marijuana are taking place in households all over the country right now. No matter how you feel about the topic, it’s important for parents to understand what any increased availability of marijuana products can mean for › Continue Reading

Fall is here and that means it’s time to start prepping our yards for the colder weather. At our house, that means fertilizing the lawn and having the house sprayed for those pesky bugs that like to come inside to › Continue Reading

As parents, we could spend all of our days and nights worrying about our kids’ safety and the potential things that may harm them. One of the ways I think we can put our minds at ease, at least somewhat, › Continue Reading

It’s back-to-school season and, for parents, that means crossing items off your school prep checklist. Once you’ve had a chance to mentally prepare your child for school and just before snapping that adorable “first day” photo, reserve time to have › 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

  Summer is filled with opportunities for good, old fashioned fun. For every adventure awaiting your daughter or son in the great outdoors, there are important safety measures for parents to keep in mind. While it’s impossible to child-proof every › Continue Reading

If you know me, you may notice that my life seems to have a recurring theme of nines. Until the age of nine, I was a perfectly healthy child; taking dance classes and playing in the local soccer league. But, › Continue Reading

Many people are surprised to find out that their car seats have an expiration date. This date may vary by car seat manufacturer, but every child safety seat will expire at some point, and shouldn’t be used past that expiration › 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

This is my and my daughter’s second year participating in Patiently Made, and we love it. Patiently Made started last year as a way to have patients, staff and members of the Patient and Family Advisory Council create artwork for › Continue Reading

I still remember the first time I saw the consequences of a child’s injury from a lawn mowing accident. My heart broke for the child and her family. The child lost her toes and the mother, who accidentally ran over them, › 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

Finding the right car seat for your child can be a daunting process. It can be even more difficult when your child has special behavioral or physical needs. But there is good news; you’re not alone. Whatever challenges you and › Continue Reading