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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

The holidays mean something a little bit different for everyone. For me, it’s the time of year in which I step up my button battery awareness efforts into high gear. My youngest son, Emmett, swallowed a button battery seven years › Continue Reading

Holiday planning can be challenging for anyone, but for friends and family members of kids with food allergies, it can be especially difficult.  So I reached out to my colleagues in our allergy clinic and the Cincinnati Center for Eosinophilic Disorders to › Continue Reading

My husband and I always knew we wanted to adopt. We affirmed this desire when we saw the need through our worldwide travels with the Navy. When we were on active duty, we visited Ugandan orphanages. Our hearts were opened › Continue Reading

We had never heard of pulmonary hypertension until December 2014. Now we know that it happens when the blood flow that leaves the right side of the heart faces an increased resistance, increasing pressure on that side of the heart.  › 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

Our son, Henry, is a patient in the Heart Institute. He has tetralogy of Fallot and had open heart surgery on November 17, 2015. He had this procedure when he was five months old to correct some of the defects caused by his condition. We have pursued › Continue Reading

Pregnancy can be stressful – there’s a lot to think about and even avoid during those nine months. Taking the right supplements. Avoiding certain types of fish and raw foods. Steering clear of some medications. Controlling blood sugar. The list › Continue Reading

We adopted Shana from China when she was seven. She had lived in an orphanage for special needs children her whole life. It was pretty obvious that she had never learned to run and play. She did not laugh. They › Continue Reading

Kawasaki disease is one of those conditions that many people haven’t heard of, until one of their loved ones is affected. While it is rare, it is important to be aware of because it can be easily misdiagnosed as other › Continue Reading

Have you heard the term walking pneumonia and wondered, What in the world? Walking pneumonia is a common illness in children. You may also hear your doctor refer to it as atypical pneumonia. It is an infection of the lungs, › Continue Reading