Pulmonary Hypertension, HHT & New Year’s Resolutions
The last two years have rocked the Wiegele family's world. They have seen a lot of their friends with pulmonary hypertension pass away. They also learned that their daughter, Riley, may need a lung transplant down the road. Read about their New Year's resolution and how they plan to make new memories.
How to Properly Clean a Dirty Car Seat
Car seats are made of many different materials by many different manufacturers. No two models are exactly alike. For this reason, it’s important to understand that some materials, cleaning methods and chemicals don’t mix, and could make the seat less safe in the event of a crash.
Using Positive Praise to Inspire Behavioral Change
Positive praise comes easily for most parents. But if we want our kids to truly get better at something, or to change their behaviors, we have to get specific. Read a child psychologist's tips on how to do that.
7 Exercise Ideas to Keep Kids Active This Winter
Kids ages 6-17 are supposed to receive 60 minutes or more of vigorous physical activity each day; but tend to be a lot less active in winter. Read 7 ideas to help keep them active during the colder months.
Tips to Prevent Accidental Alcohol Ingestion in Kids
Tis the season for celebrating! While no parent intends for their children to accidentally ingest alcohol, it is a common occurrence. Read more for tips for preventing it and what to do if it happens.
Altruistic Kidney Donation: Why I Donated My Kidney to a Stranger
Ashley kept seeing signs that so-and-so needed a kidney. So she learned everything she could about altruistic kidney donation and decided to donate hers. Read about what was involved and the difference that it made.
Amoxicillin Allergy & Amoxicillin Rash Are Often Mislabeled
Many people who think they are allergic to amoxicillin are not actually allergic to it. In fact, only about 1% of the population truly has an amoxicillin allergy. An allergist explains why this is an individual and public health issue, and what parents can do about it.
Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle Through the Holidays: DOs and DON’Ts
Tis the season for holiday parties, food-related treats, and off-kilter schedules. Read a dietitians tips to help families enjoy themselves while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Bronchiolitis: A New Parent’s Guide to One of the Most Common Winter Illnesses
One of the most common respiratory illnesses new parents encounter is bronchiolitis, which 90 percent of kids under the age of two will get at least once.
5 Things to Consider When Kids Break or Fracture A Bone
When a kid breaks or fractures a bone, parents want him to feel better and heal as soon as possible. The good news is that when this happens, kids’ bones are great at healing and remodeling. Surgery isn’t always needed. Read how treatment should be tailored, as every child, situation and break is different.
How to Talk to Party Hosts About Kids’ Nut Allergies
The holidays can be particularly stressful for families of kids with nut allergies, especially when attending parties outside of the home. The key to doing this safely and successfully is to have a conversation with the host ahead of time. Read a few tips on how to do this.
7 Additional Things to Know About Pediatric Gastroparesis
Gastroparesis, a condition in which the stomach takes too long to empty, can be quite uncomfortable. When kids are first diagnosed, families do a lot of research to learn everything they can about it and often have additional questions. Read on to learn further information about this complex gastrointestinal disorder.
Family Health History: How to Begin Tracking
Your family tree is important to your health. How long has your mom had high blood pressure? What was the heart surgery your older brother had as a baby? These are details that you should know and keep in a family health history for you and your children.
Family Health History: Why Track It?
Family health history is one of the most important tools you and a genetic counselor have to identify genetic risk for you and your children. It is worth your time to track it in as much detail as possible.
Kids & Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Tips for Handling the Holidays
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! Read recommendations for a balanced approach: enjoying a festive treat while sticking to an eating plan.
How to Help Children Learn Habits of Gratitude
The holiday season is a great time to focus on being grateful and to teach children habits of gratitude that will last their lifetime. Read Dr. Merk's four suggestions to get started.
Giving Thanks for Asparagine Synthetase Deficiency Disorder Diagnosis
Whole exome sequencing found that Ryder has Asparagine Synthetase Deficiency Disorder, a condition with which only about 20 in the world have been diagnosed and research states they do not live past infancy or early childhood. Read why Ryder's parents are so thankful for where they are right now.
Questions to Ask When Your Child Needs A Bone Marrow Transplant
When parents learn that their child needs a bone marrow transplant, they naturally have a lot of questions. Read this list of potential questions to ask to start the conversation with the medical team.
5 Pulmonary Concerns in Teens Who Use E-Cigarettes
E-cigarettes have been utilized for a while, yet suddenly there has been a dramatic uptick in acute lung injuries. The CDC reports that 14% of vaping-associated lung injuries have happened in persons under the age of 18. Read why pulmonologists are concerned about the lungs of teens who vape.
How to Help A Preschooler Who Begins to Stutter
Stuttering can cause significant distress for both kids and parents. Some research suggests that it may occur in 5-11% of kids between the ages of 2.5 and 5 years old, and can range from relatively mild to more severe. Learn how to help a preschooler who is stuttering.