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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

My daughter, Kate, has Down syndrome. We found out hours after she was born, hours after we thought she was not going to survive, because she could not breathe on her own. Today she is thriving. She goes to an › 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 them, the information gleaned from the week is important to be cognizant of all › Continue Reading

There’s a whole new set of things for parents to think about when their children become teenagers. Often at the top of the list are mood-altering or health-damaging substances, such as drugs, alcohol and tobacco. As both a parent of › Continue Reading

It’s well-established that today’s children are more overweight than ever before. In fact, the rate of overweight kids has tripled since the 1980s and now 18% of kids ages 2-19 struggle with obesity. As health professionals, we’re looking at many › Continue Reading

Two weeks a year, I have the great opportunity to go to summer camp as Co-Medical Director of NJoyitAll Camp. In those weeks, my patients are simply kids, and I am there to help them experience camp as authentically and › Continue Reading

For the first time in over 20 years, our home will become an empty nest, as the third of our three boys, Danny, heads to college. It’s hard to imagine what that will sound like – given today is such › Continue Reading

“What’s this rash,” I asked our local pediatrician in Oklahoma as he was finishing my son Jonathan’s two-month check-up. There were a few small, scaly bumps on his back that wouldn’t go away. It looked odd, but babies get rashes › Continue Reading

Our kid’s schedules are fuller than ever! Young minds and bodies need solid nutrition to keep up with the flurry of activity. In the morning rush, breakfast is an important meal that is often missed. The Importance of Breakfast for › Continue Reading

Biting in infants and young toddlers can be disconcerting for parents and kids alike! It may be comforting to know that it is really is a typical part of early childhood. And it’s certainly more common in infants and young › Continue Reading

While there are many benefits of children attending childcare centers, the process of searching for a high quality and safe program can be stressful for parents. It can be particularly harrowing for parents with lower incomes and those with children › Continue Reading

Dear Micheala, I have memories of us as little girls playing outside together, digging up dirt, jumping off the rope swing in the back yard and fighting over who was mom’s favorite. I never would have thought that one day › Continue Reading

Not many people get married four days after a proposal. But for me, being married was the one thing I thought would comfort me as I headed into a high-risk heart surgery. So, I proposed. Born with Tetralogy of Fallot › Continue Reading

Parents often wonder if their kids’ thumb-sucking is a big deal. The short answer is that it really depends. The long answer is that we have to understand all aspects of thumb-sucking and what’s going on in their lives.    › Continue Reading

Heart health is important for adults AND kids alike. The habits that we establish as young children, such as lifestyle choices and the way we eat, are carried with us into adulthood. In fact, there is some research to suggest › Continue Reading

You know the drill – your child wakes up feeling crummy. She or he is coughing like crazy. The poor thing sounds miserable. This is when most parents start wondering, “What does that cough mean?” It’s an understandable concern, since › Continue Reading

A lot’s happened since I last wrote about our family’s experience with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), Life with EoE Times Three, on Cincinnati Children’s blog! I’d like to give an update on my 7-year-old daughter, Tinleigh, because she’s living the allergy › Continue Reading

Many parents are overwhelmed with excitement when they discover they’re expecting a baby.  Additional emotions may arise, however, when they learn that their baby has a birth defect. Understandably, confusion, blame, sadness and worry are among the most prominent feelings. › Continue Reading

The Ebola virus is highly infectious, causes hemorrhagic fevers and kills half of those infected. A current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has already killed hundreds of people. Right now, researchers at Cincinnati Children’s are conducting a › Continue Reading

Conversations about the legalization of marijuana are taking place in households all over the country right now, including here in Ohio. Approved medical marijuana products in Ohio include the oil, tincture, capsule or edible form, all of which can be › Continue Reading

It wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I discovered that I had three major health conditions. And to say that it took a long and painful road to get there is quite an understatement. The road involved two years of pain, › Continue Reading

I recently returned from a week-long test of my physical abilities and mental fortitude – an entirely voluntary, week-long bike ride through the mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway to raise money for hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) research. This particular bike › Continue Reading

Both asthma and vitamin D deficiency are widespread problems in the United States. In fact, about 10% of children have asthma and 50% of children are deficient in vitamin D. This vitamin has anti-inflammatory properties. It is also critical for › Continue Reading

While the thyroid is small compared to the rest of the body, it has a big job to do. This tiny, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck produces thyroid hormone, which is critical for neurocognitive development as › Continue Reading

A sleep study is kind of a funny thing. It takes place overnight at the hospital, but isn’t really a hospitalization. Our family has now experienced two sleep studies – my wife experienced one with our daughter, Cecilia, when she › Continue Reading

Baby, it is cold outside and keeping your babies warm when you’re out and about is incredibly important. But puffy coats, snowsuits and bunting products can keep kids from being as safe as possible while buckled into their car safety › Continue Reading