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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

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

Earlier this year, I donated my kidney to someone with whom I’ve never met. People often ask me, “Why on earth would you donate your kidney to a stranger?” I often respond with, “Why wouldn’t I?”  I’m the perfect candidate › Continue Reading

I’d like to spread awareness for a public health issue impacting both kids and adults: a mislabeled amoxicillin allergy. I say mislabeled because many people who think they are allergic to amoxicillin are not actually allergic to it. Or they › Continue Reading

Tis the season for holiday parties, food-related treats, and off-kilter schedules. It’s great fun, but if your family is trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you may be wondering what can be done to prevent it from spiraling of control. › Continue Reading

Along with sleepless nights, diaper changes and loads and loads of tiny laundry, new parents will eventually have to deal with their baby getting sick. One of the most common respiratory illnesses new parents encounter is bronchiolitis, which 90 percent › Continue Reading

When your child breaks or fractures a bone, you want him to feel better and heal as soon as possible. The good news is that kids’ bones are great at healing and remodeling. In fact, they’re better at it than › Continue Reading

Somewhere along the way, someone decided that in order for foods to be “holiday worthy” they need to have nuts in them. It’s happened to normally nut-free foods everywhere. Sweet potatoes. Fruit salad. Vegetable salad. Don’t even get me started › Continue Reading

We probably don’t give much thought to the functioning of our stomachs. We may think about how hungry we are and then forget about it once we’re full. However, for kids with gastroparesis, it’s likely on their minds all of › Continue Reading

Do you know how long your mom has had high blood pressure? Or the age when your grandfather was diagnosed with arthritis? These pieces of family health history are important to ask about. We know some health conditions run in › Continue Reading

You may quickly rush through those doctor forms checking boxes for the health and medical issues your relatives have. But it’s worth taking time to slow down and really think about your family health history. Family history is one of › Continue Reading

For the families of kids with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the holidays can be a tough time of year. So many of our holiday traditions are centered on food and depending on what type of eating plan they’re on, they › Continue Reading

The holiday season is officially upon us and with it comes a great opportunity to focus on being thankful. Many children look forward to this time of year with excitement and wonder. Many also have big expectations and sometimes not › Continue Reading

This time of year is often a season of giving, reflection, and thanks. As a mom of a special needs child with a rare and complex condition, I dish out many “thank yous.” But I but often find it hard › Continue Reading

When you learn that your child may need a bone marrow transplant (BMT), you will naturally have a lot of questions. We encourage you to ask as many as you need to, as having a thorough discussion may help you › Continue Reading

Coverage of vaping-related illnesses is all over the news – and with good reason. E-cigarettes have been utilized for a while, yet suddenly there has been a dramatic uptick in acute lung injuries. The common thread between these illnesses is › Continue Reading