Safety and Prevention

It’s been 10 years since the introduction of the HPV vaccine (human papillomavirus) in 2006. A lot has happened since then, including a new study confirming how highly effective the HPV vaccine is. Because of that, I thought it would be worthwhile to provide › Continue Reading

Being a parent and a pharmacist in the Drug & Poison Information Center (DPIC), I have a unique perspective on Halloween. I love the costumes and excitement of Hallow’s Eve, but because I have worked the hotline on this night › Continue Reading

The past few weeks have been confusing for some parents who have kids going through the teething phase. I’ve witnessed this first hand when answering calls for the Drug and Poison Information Center. Overwhelmingly, the most frequently asked question is: “I’ve given my › Continue Reading

As parents, we’ve all been there. Yesterday your child was down and out with a fever, this morning he’s done a complete 180 and is raring to go. So do you allow him to go to school or keep him › Continue Reading

Cardiomyopathy is a heart disease that can be life threatening, especially if you don’t know you have it. Some people have no symptoms of the disease. Others have symptoms but aren’t aware that they need to act on them. You › Continue Reading

Editor’s note: WCPO news anchor and reporter Julie O’Neill wrote a personal account of  her daughter’s bicycle accident on her Facebook page this week.  Because it’s a great reminder about the importance of helmet safety and the different warning signs of concussions, we’re sharing it with › Continue Reading

I get it. Very few kids willingly receive vaccines. In fact, if parents can get in and out of the doctor’s office without tears on visits that contain shots, it feels like a small miracle. Because of this reality, I › Continue Reading

As we get closer to back-to-school time, parents are naturally thinking about what school supplies their children need for the upcoming year. I think this period of time also offers the opportunity to remind parents that several states, including Ohio, › Continue Reading

In these dog days of summer, you’ve probably been spending plenty of time at the pool. Keep on swimming with the kids — it’s great exercise for them and you. To make sure it stays fun for everyone, take a quick › Continue Reading

When I recently learned that another child had been injured by a fallen piece of bedroom furniture, I wasn’t surprised. More than 40 children younger than 18 are treated in emergency departments around the country each day for furniture related › Continue Reading

Summer is in full swing, which means that mosquitos are a prominent part of our outdoor activities. The Zika virus might be top of mind for some families, so I thought it would be helpful to explain some of the new › Continue Reading

   

What we know about medications and how they affect the kidneys has evolved over the last decade. More awareness is needed around this new knowledge because what we’ve learned about nephrotoxic medications is that they can lead to poor outcomes – › Continue Reading

Parents often ask me: “Should I let my kid play football?” Or hockey, or lacrosse, or soccer, or any other contact sport. Their biggest concern with these sports has to do with concussions, and rightfully so. Are Concussions On The Rise? › Continue Reading

 As a nurse who teaches suicide prevention, I believe knowing the warning signs of suicide can be especially helpful for parents who might not have considered the possibility of this happening to their child. However, it is also important to › Continue Reading

Nine people are killed and more than 1,100 are injured every day in the United States due to distracted driving – such as using a cell phone behind the wheel – according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The › Continue Reading

It’s nearly impossible to turn on the news or scroll through your social media account without hearing or reading about the latest update on the Zika virus.  While I think it’s important to be educated about what’s happening, I also › Continue Reading

Studies suggest that the majority of people who die from suicide give warning signs beforehand. And while teen suicides tend to peak around certain times and events of the year, the reality is that it can occur at any time. › Continue Reading

6 RSV FAQs

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common virus that causes respiratory illness in young children. It tends to peak between the months of December and March but can happen at any time during the year. Because we’ve seen an uptick in visits › Continue Reading

The Super Bowl is about a week away and many families across the country are gearing up for game day celebrations. Because TVs will be such a large part of Super Sunday, my colleagues in the Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center and › Continue Reading

It’s a simple question, but the answer is a little more complicated. There’s a safe way and a not-so-safe way for kids (and adults too!) to listen to music. And it’s an important distinction to make, because the World Health › Continue Reading

Editor’s Note: CLICK HERE to see the full policy and read a list of Frequently Asked Questions.  Protection from illness-causing germs is important for everyone – parents and staff – at Cincinnati Children’s, both during the cold winter months and › Continue Reading

For many families, the holidays mean visits to out-of-town family and friends. Unfortunately, unexpected illnesses can creep up any time – even on what’s supposed to be a fun holiday trip. When it comes to your kids’ health, a little › Continue Reading

A while back, I wrote about car seat expiration dates and the importance of knowing when a seat expires. Six years after the manufacture date is typical, but it’s always best to check each seat, as that can vary by › Continue Reading

Stories of teen athletes suddenly collapsing on the sidelines after exerting physical effort make the news quite a lot. Fortunately, these types of cardiac events don’t happen as often as it may seem. But they do happen. And in fact, › Continue Reading