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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

You may have heard other parents mention that their newborn was had jaundice or needed to “go under the lights” for a bit before or soon after coming home from the hospital. Infant jaundice is a common newborn condition, and › Continue Reading

It has been just about four years since my last blog post and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to provide an update on everything that has happened since then! How My Liver Transplant Journey Began My journey began › Continue Reading

Starting your baby on solid foods can be both exciting and trying. It’s fun to experience new tastes and textures with your baby. But it can also be a little stressful, especially if it isn’t going well. Eating solid foods › Continue Reading

Parenting is both amazing and challenging, all day every day. We parents of tweens and teens (I have a 12 year old daughter and feel all of your pain) have the added challenge of managing the fact that kids are › Continue Reading

A seizure is one of the scariest things a parent can ever experience. It’s unexpected, overwhelming and you don’t know why it’s happening or when it’s going to end. A seizure is chaotic and terrifying, but the good news is › Continue Reading

As a parent of three teenagers, I worry about a lot of things. At the top of that list are the challenges they face as they begin making their own decisions. Adolescents and young adults have a tremendous amount of › Continue Reading

It may seem intimidating to talk to your children about keeping their bodies safe, but this conversation could make a dramatic impact on their safety and development. The Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children is dedicated to spreading the › Continue Reading

Five years ago, I wrote about the amazing care our son Adam was receiving at Cincinnati Children’s for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML).  Fast forward to 2019, nearly four years after he graduated from college, he is living life to the › Continue Reading

Liver cancer happens when cancer cells develop in the tissue of the liver, forming solid tumors. The common form, hepatocellular carcinoma, is more common in adults than children. Hepatoblastoma, the common form for liver cancer in children, occurs in about › Continue Reading

Almost one-third of athletes will have back pain at some point while playing sports. It is one of the most common ailments we see in Orthopedic and Sports Medicine clinics and on the sideline. But not all children who have › Continue Reading

When you think about who typically gets kidney stones, you probably picture an older man. But the reality is that while they are more common in adults, there has been a significant increase of kidney stones occurring in children over › 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