In the middle of May 2014, out of nowhere, my son, Will, had a seizure. Little did we know that it wouldn’t be his last, nor how much our lives were about to change.  Soon after, our pediatrician sent us › Continue Reading

Staying current on teenage trends is a fleeting task – as soon as we learn about one, they’re onto something else. However, there is one trend that I want to flag for parents if you haven’t heard about it already: › Continue Reading

Recently, I joined some colleagues from Denmark and the US to publish a study. It found a higher risk of dementia in adults who were born with congenital heart disease (CHD). In particular, we discovered a significantly higher risk for › Continue Reading

Let’s take a look inside those ears. How many times have you heard that when you take your kids to the doctor?  It’s a routine part of an exam and the key to determining if a patient has an ear › Continue Reading

Kidney stones are not just an adult problem. In fact, the number of children with kidney stones has increased four-fold in the last 15 years. What’s more, if your child gets one kidney stone, he’s 50% more likely to get › Continue Reading

You’ve likely heard it from your doctor time and again: Antibiotics won’t work against a viral illness. But why not? That’s a good question, especially since we’re in prime cold and flu season right now.   Virus Versus Bacteria As › Continue Reading

What does a healthy body look like? There is no straightforward answer. The media often tells us that an ideal, healthy body is thin and muscular. However, a healthy body varies extremely in both size and shape.  For example, a › Continue Reading

2017 brought breakthrough research, plans for expansion and an unforgettable baby hippo to the lives of our patients and staff. Take a look back at some of the cool things that happened in 2017, listed in chronological order. Cincinnati Children’s › Continue Reading

If you have been to Burnet Campus lately you have probably noticed the exciting changes that happened in our main concourse over the past year or so. Crews have been hard at work making these areas bright, colorful, welcoming and › Continue Reading

Dear Heart Donor Family: That name seems so cold considering the role you now play in our lives. You saved our son’s life. We’ve thought about you a thousand times. We’ve wondered how you are coping. We know you miss › Continue Reading

Twenty years ago my son was born with a heart condition called tetralogy of Fallot. When I found out I was shocked and had a million questions fluttering through my mind. Gabe has a congenital heart defect? Something is wrong › Continue Reading

I was born with pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect and multiple aortopulmonary collateral arteries. To put it simple, I was born with a hole in the bottom half of my heart, no pulmonary valve, and lots of tiny arteries › Continue Reading

Now’s the time when families start considering and booking vacations for the summer. But for the parents of children with special needs, thinking about a vacation takes a whole other level of consideration and forethought. Many families want to go › Continue Reading

Our kids’ schedules are busier than ever. Young minds and bodies need solid nutrition to keep up with the flurry of activity, especially first thing in the morning.  Studies show that kids who eat breakfast do better in school, have › Continue Reading

Bedwetting can be stressful and frustrating for the entire family. Parents may get discouraged when new treatments fail. And children often feel guilty, anxious and helpless when they are unable to stay dry at night. Further, they often have significantly › Continue Reading

This year’s flu season has officially begun, with widespread activity reported locally and by the CDC throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.   At Cincinnati Children’s, we have seen a rise in patients with confirmed flu the past couple of weeks. › Continue Reading

As a new parent, bringing home a newborn is one of the most exciting moments in your life. But it’s also exhausting. There is so much to remember and you’re likely to be joyously sleep-deprived on top of it all. › Continue Reading

Keys to Safe Sledding

One of the fondest memories of winter for a child is often heading to the neighborhood hill after the first big snow for an afternoon of sledding with friends. There is no doubt that barreling down a snow-covered hill is › Continue Reading

Brrr — you know it’s cold outside when schools are canceling classes and parts of the country that normally don’t see snow are getting it.  With the arctic-like temperatures outside, families are likely doing everything they can to keep warm. › Continue Reading

Whether your child wants to make an elite soccer team, get an ‘A’ on a test, or simply make more friends, healthy self-confidence plays a key role in making it happen. What’s exciting about kids’ self-confidence is that we, as › 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

To My Dearest Miracle, Zak: December 29, 2017 we will celebrate your first birthday. The past year has been a tumultuous journey—one I can hardly explain in words. DIAGNOSED WITH AN ENCEPHALOCELE IN SECOND TRIMESTER From the fifth month of pregnancy, › Continue Reading

We’d like to introduce you to Idina, our newest Facility Dog! Idina joined the Animal Assisted Therapy Program a couple of months ago joining Chevy and Leica and bringing our family of furry employees to three! Idina is a pure-bred › Continue Reading

There was a time when children with cystic fibrosis weren’t expected to live past elementary school. Now, for the first time, there are more adults living with cystic fibrosis than children. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition that affects the › 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