Safety and Prevention

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers throughout the United States and in Ohio as well. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, from 2010-2012, there were 100,871 traffic crashes where a teen driver was at › Continue Reading

Today is Global Hand Washing Day. As the name suggests, it’s a world-wide campaign to raise awareness about the importance of washing hands with soap.   Sounds pretty straight-forward, right? But according to a study done by Michigan State University and published › Continue Reading

My youngest son, Emmett, swallowed a button battery on the day we were supposed to be celebrating his first birthday. Not only did it change our lives forever, but it also changed the significance of birthdays for our family. We › Continue Reading

I love seeing pictures of my friends’ kids riding in their car seats. It makes this child passenger safety technician’s heart happy to see babies buckled up and riding safely. But, sometimes, in those same pictures, I see things that › Continue Reading

Enterovirus FAQs

If you’ve seen or read the news during the last few days, you’ve undoubtedly heard about a strain of enterovirus called EV-D68. This is the virus that has been reported to be associated with large numbers of respiratory illnesses across › Continue Reading

For many parents the morning starts with a good cup of coffee. Most of us are probably aware that caffeine can be found in some plants and is widely used in food, drinks, and over the counter and prescription products. › Continue Reading

As a pediatrician in the emergency department (ED), I have a unique vantage point where I witness and treat a wide range of childhood injuries, which can range from minor abrasions and lacerations to loss of a limb and even › Continue Reading

When I’m advising parents on child passenger safety and doing personalized car seat checks through the Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center, I often hear comments along the lines of: “I don’t want her to be uncomfortable” or “That seems really tight” when › Continue Reading

My kids love picnics. There’s something exciting about being in the fresh air and enjoying a meal in the great outdoors. The usual foods my family eats every day seem far more delicious when eaten on a blanket in the › Continue Reading

Codeine. It’s been around for a long time. It was prescribed 1.7 million times in 2011 for kids under the age of 18 for pain and cough. It wouldn’t have lasted this long and been used that often if it › Continue Reading

The number of teens using e-cigarettes is staggering. According to the NIH, 9.5% of 8th graders, 14% of 10th graders and 16% of 12th graders used them in the prior month of their reporting. What’s more, the Journal of the › Continue Reading

The lives of six children with complex spine deformities and 21 children with hand and arm deformities have been dramatically improved thanks to the work of a surgical team from Cincinnati Children’s that traveled to India earlier this year. The › Continue Reading

There is certainly no lack of information or opinions about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Sorting through all of the information that’s out there can be daunting, especially if you’re trying to make a decision about whether or not to › Continue Reading

Wheezing is one of those symptoms that is often confusing and worrisome for parents. And rightfully so, when you hear an unusual sound coming from your child, it can be unsettling. What Does Wheezing Sound Like? As the air moves › Continue Reading

If you haven’t heard of “sizzurp,” your teen most likely has. It’s also referred to as “purple drank,” “syrup,” or “lean” – as in it will make you lean over. While the drink has been around for a while, it › Continue Reading

The dangers of acetaminophen overdose and the damaging effects to the liver have been known for some time. I published a paper on it in the Journal of Pediatrics in 1998 as a part of the Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition › Continue Reading

You might be asking yourself why a Cincinnati Children’s researcher would be interested in NFL concussion rates. I realize that the connection might not be immediately apparent. Sure, I love football and even played in college, but that’s not why › Continue Reading

There’s no denying it, it’s flu season. And RSV season. And cold season. It seems everyone probably knows someone who is sick. It’s that time of year. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to sit back and wait for respiratory › Continue Reading

Your son has a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch and 10 minutes later has hives around his mouth. Your daughter eats a bowl of ice cream and a couple hours later complains of a bellyache. Both scenarios can › Continue Reading

I love decorating our home for the holidays, and my kids really get into it too. Every year, on the day after Thanksgiving, we pull out the decorations from the attic and add a little holiday cheer to each room. › Continue Reading

Those tiny magnets that hold reminders to your fridge can cause big harm to a child who swallows them, says Wendy Pomerantz, MD, an emergency physician with Cincinnati Children’s.  The magnets can stick to each other across the bowel wall and › Continue Reading

Old Man Winter has made his presence known early this year, even though the first day of winter technically isn’t until December 21. For kids, his early arrival is more than welcome – it means snow days and sled riding! › Continue Reading

Today, after months of planning, Savannah Day (pictured above in the middle) and her sisters finally got to see all of their hard work pay off. All in one place, in a super-sized mound of toys. When Savannah and her › Continue Reading

Whether it was his intent or not, Benjamin Scot did an amazing thing for prematurity awareness month when he began capturing footage of his premature infant son just days after his birth. You may have seen Benjamin’s video – “Ward › Continue Reading

The bacteria bordetella pertussis has taken up residence in Greater Cincinnati and is leaving many babies, children and adults gasping for their breath. Bordatella pertussis is the bacteria which causes pertussis illness, more commonly known as whooping cough. And per › Continue Reading