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2018 was an amazing year at Cincinnati Children’s! From groundbreaking research, to memorable moments and amazing people, it was certainly a year to remember. Here are the top 10 stories from 2018 shown in alphabetical order: Advances in Organoid Medicine This year › Continue Reading

Preventing illnesses, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic, is at the top of all of our minds. While it’s not practical to think that we can avoid 100% of illnesses, having a healthy immune system is an important part of › Continue Reading

Location closures: In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and current patient volumes, our Eastgate, Mason, and Northern Kentucky locations are closed until further notice. This includes Urgent Care at Mason. The Psychiatry Partial Hospitalization Program is also closed at this time. These closures will › Continue Reading

COVID-19 is at the top of everyone’s minds and we’re all wondering how to prevent it. I’ve seen some inaccurate information on social media about drinking vinegar and bleach to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. And I’d like to address it › Continue Reading

Many of our patients face an increased risk from the broad impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). Because of this, we are providing our families with the following tips and strategies to help them mentally cope at home.  Ways That Patients Can › Continue Reading

New things and situations are anxiety producing, and COVID-19 is no exception. So much is unknown about the disease, and things seem to be changing quickly. This can be worrisome for both adults and kids. Parents may be wondering how › Continue Reading

COVID-19 is spreading in the United States and it is important for parents and caregivers of immunocompromised children and teens to be diligent about precautions and make some preparations.   We don’t know enough about COVID-19 to be able to predict the impact it will › Continue Reading

You wouldn’t know it by looking at her, but my seven-year-old daughter, Soraya, is a particularly anxious child. I say that because on the outside, she is cheerful and colorful. She wears bright-colored clothing and has the best attitude and › Continue Reading

Recently my 14 year-old son, Cecil, attended his class trip to New York City and Washington DC. While this sounds like a typical milestone for many teens, this trip and the preparation for going on the trip, were anything but › Continue Reading

In America, rare diseases are defined as disorders that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the country. My child has a condition affecting about 200 people in the entire world — that’s out of roughly 7.2 billion people in case › Continue Reading

I exercised 478 days in a row. You’re probably assuming that I’m a body builder. Well, I guess in a way I sort of am.  I’ve learned how to “rebuild” my body so that I can function again. You see, › Continue Reading

WHAT IS ORTHOREXIA? Orthorexia is an obsessive focus on healthy eating. In many cases, a change to the diet can be considered positive. However, some eating behaviors can quickly become out of control if someone becomes overly fixated on self-imposed › Continue Reading

More than half of children and almost all adults who have Down syndrome struggle with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This airway condition causes breathing difficulties while sleeping, and can wake those who have it anywhere from dozens to hundreds of › Continue Reading

Parents frequently ask me how important baby teeth are. After all, they just fall out and are replaced with another set. I often respond with a one-word answer: vital. Baby teeth are essential to not just dental health, but a › Continue Reading

No matter where you go these days, people are using earphones.  They use them for communicating, listening to music, and blocking background noise.  They come in a variety of shapes and sizes — from those that completely cover the ears, › Continue Reading

The rate of sleep-related infant deaths has declined more than 50 percent since the 1994 Back-to-Sleep campaign was launched, encouraging parents to place infants to sleep on their backs. Unfortunately, sleep-related infant deaths still claim 3,600 lives in the United › Continue Reading

Hearing the news that your baby has a congenital heart defect (CHD) can bring a wave of emotions, ranging from sadness to anger to guilt. Understandably, you’ve gone from having a “healthy” baby to an “unhealthy” one in a moment’s › Continue Reading

Families in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana can now have a video visit with a pediatric expert if a child has a minor illness or injury. CincyKids Health Connect gives parents access to a pediatric nurse practitioner from the comfort of › Continue Reading

We named our daughter Alana Faith, because it sounds like “a lot of faith.” It felt appropriate given how greatly we needed to lean on it from the very beginning of her life.    A Complex Combination of Diagnoses Alana › Continue Reading

My daughter, Katherine, was born on June 13, 2011, along with her twin brother, Kevin. We brought them home to an already full household. At the time her “older” brothers were 18 months and almost three years old. Their first › Continue Reading

Finding out that you are expecting is usually a time of celebration and anticipation. But when you learn that your baby has a complex fetal diagnosis, that experience changes quickly. You may be feeling scared, angry or frustrated. You will › Continue Reading

You may remember my daughter, Riley. I wrote about her a couple of years ago in a previous blog post. She was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension when she was four years old. At that time, she had to wear a › Continue Reading

While throwing a car seat cover and straps in the washer and dryer seems like a convenient and sensible way to go about cleaning a dirty car seat, this is usually not the recommended method. Car seats are made of › Continue Reading

Praising kids comes easily for most parents. We want them to feel good about themselves and what they’re doing, so we tell them they’ve done a great job. The only issue with this is that we haven’t told them what › Continue Reading

We’re all aware that regular physical activity is important and has many health benefits. But even some very active kids have a difficult time keeping the exercise going during the winter months. We get it – it’s cold, it’s dark › Continue Reading

Working at the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC), I answer questions from callers about accidental exposures to harmful substances. Particularly around the holidays, we’ll receive an uptick in calls about accidental alcohol ingestion in kids.  Alcohol is potentially toxic to children, and › Continue Reading