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Our lives forever changed on July 31, 2017, when we received a call from our babysitter. She thought something was wrong with our daughter, Claudia, as she was complaining of a severe headache, slurred speech, and inability to lift her › Continue Reading

Many children experience challenges with sensory processing and integration. Our senses help us interpret the world around us. The way we process and integrate sensory information determines how we react to sound, sight, smell, touch, taste, and movement. Children who › Continue Reading

Fireworks Safety Tips

Fireworks are a fantastic sight, and a part of many families’ summer celebrations. But the reality is that they are also involved in a significant number of injuries to children each year. In fact, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission › Continue Reading

A Letter To My Son’s Heart Surgeon: I passed you in the hall today. I recognized you immediately, even though we’ve only spoken a few times. Your face and your hands are emblazoned in my memory. You held my son’s › Continue Reading

I first learned I had scoliosis when I was in the sixth grade. My mom was rubbing my back and she thought it felt weird. Therefore, we went to the doctor and she used a measuring tool to determine that › Continue Reading

When you’re the parent of an infant, there’s a lot to think about and consider – especially when it comes to safety. There are practices for safe sleeping, car seat riding, bathing, diapering, and the list goes on and on. › Continue Reading

With so many sunscreen products on the market, it can be a challenge to know which one is best for protecting your family’s skin. Here’s what you should look for on the product label when buying sunscreen this summer. 1. › Continue Reading

U.S. News and World Report released its annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings this morning, and we are excited to share that Cincinnati Children’s ranks No. 3 on the 2019-20 honor roll of the best pediatric hospitals in the nation.  As › Continue Reading

I’m getting asked about measles a lot these days. In 2019, we’ve seen record numbers of cases in the U.S.—more than we’ve seen since 1994—and the number continues to grow each week. Measles is highly contagious, and there is no › Continue Reading

A helmet is the most effective way to reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury when a child is riding a bike, scooter or skateboard. That should be enough to convince anyone to wear one, but unfortunately studies show only › Continue Reading

It’s starting to feel like summer and these warmer days call for a reminder about the danger of vehicle-related heatstroke. The most recent data lists heatstroke as one of the leading causes of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. On average, every › Continue Reading

Corralling my kids long enough to slather the recommended golf ball-sized amount of sunscreen all over their skin is no easy task. Their wriggling and writhing combined with the sunscreen’s greasiness make it messy and challenging. But it’s worth the › Continue Reading

When you see your child lying on the couch, holding his head and complaining of a headache, it can be concerning. Headaches, which can even occur in infants, are a common problem for young people of all ages. In fact, about › Continue Reading

For kids, summer means freedom, fun and a break from the daily grind. While it’s much easier to encourage your kids to be physically active in the summer months, it can still be challenging. Hectic camp and work schedules, the › Continue Reading

Measles cases are on the rise after having been eliminated in the United States nearly two decades ago. Since 2000, measles has been a rare disease in the U.S. But in 2019, we’ve had nearly 1,000 cases reported throughout the › Continue Reading

It’s the time of year when many people like to clean and organize their homes.  This often involves throwing out unwanted items, including prescription medications. It is important to dispose of unused and expired medicines safely to help avoid accidental › Continue Reading

When parents first learn that their child has Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), they are understandably worried. DMD is a genetic disease that causes muscles to weaken slowly over time. DMD is commonly diagnosed in childhood, when kids start missing major › Continue Reading

When your child is diagnosed with celiac disease, deciding what to eat can feel overwhelming! That's why we've put together a list of safe and unsafe ingredients for kids and parents to reference. The good news is that there are many gluten-free grains › Continue Reading

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is one of the most common vision problems in childhood. In fact, about 9% of kids ages 5-17 are nearsighted. Kids with this condition can usually see things close up, but struggle to see things far away. › Continue Reading

Please allow me to introduce you to my only child and precious daughter, Lila.  She is a vivacious, 18-year-old whose life took an unexpected turn last fall when she suffered a stroke. Lila Lives Life To the Fullest Lila has › Continue Reading

My oldest son, Austin, celebrates his 25th birthday in May. It’s quite a milestone, given that three years ago his heart stopped beating and he collapsed on a softball field. And that’s not even the beginning of his story. Austin’s › Continue Reading

If your child has an upcoming allergy skin prick test, you may be wondering what is involved. After all, you were informed that you could be in the allergy clinic for a couple of hours. So what exactly happens during › Continue Reading

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an often misunderstood condition. Obsessions, as I like to explain to my younger patients, are thoughts that they can’t get out of their heads. Compulsions are the behaviors that they feel like they have to do. › Continue Reading

A new diagnosis of celiac disease and initiation of a gluten free diet can be overwhelming. Despite an increase in the availability of gluten free options, adapting to a new lifestyle is still challenging, especially for kids. Education from an › Continue Reading

Nosebleeds can be alarming for kids and parents alike, especially if there wasn’t an injury.  The good news is that most nosebleeds can be treated at home without medical intervention. Aside from some sort of trauma, nosebleeds most frequently happen › Continue Reading