Safety and Prevention

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

The Hanke Family (L to R): Maura, Sam, Charlie (pictured in frame), Annie Elizabeth, and Owen. Of the tragedies a parent can endure, perhaps none is more heart wrenching than the sudden loss of a child.  No matter the age, › Continue Reading

A study that is out today in the November issue of Pediatrics, has found that samples of human breast milk, purchased online, overwhelmingly contained potentially harmful bacteria. Dr. Sheela Geraghty, the senior author on the study and director of the › Continue Reading

March 8, 2012 – The twins are sick! Both of them have fevers and are coughing a ton! March 11, 2012 – Still both very sick and haven’t slept much since Thursday night. Fevers are very high – going to › Continue Reading

I can’t tell just by looking at a newborn if he will have post-birth drug withdrawal.  At least not at first.  It usually takes 48-72 hours after birth, and sometimes even longer.  But once the withdrawal symptoms kick in, I › Continue Reading

… a lot more than most of us realize. According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year, 4,600 young lives end too soon as a result of suicide. In a nationwide survey of youth in 9th to 12th grade, 16% › Continue Reading

On October 16, 2010, my son Emmett became ill. He was coughing, lethargic, and had a fever with very little desire to eat. Concerned, my husband Michael took him to a local pediatric urgent care in our home town of Phoenix, Arizona. Emmett was assessed and › Continue Reading

About a month ago, something really big happened in my daughter’s life. Booster seats! Ok, so not life-altering news, but certainly life-saving and a big deal in her young life – and a surprisingly big deal in my life too. I › Continue Reading

No one likes shots. No one likes receiving them and I don’t know a single health care provider that enjoys administering them.  But they’re a necessary reality to keep babies, children, and even adults from contracting devastating diseases. In fact, › Continue Reading

“Show No Marcy” was the name we applied to the back of our daughter’s roller-derby-themed helmet. My husband and I figured that if Marcy needed to wear a helmet 23 hours a day for up to three months, we’d at › Continue Reading

A recent CNN news story sent shock waves through me. As a mother of a child with multiple food allergies, including nuts, I’ve always been mentally reassured by his epinephrine pen.  Wherever we go, whatever restaurant we eat at, I › Continue Reading

Like delivering the newspaper, babysitting is often a child’s first paying job.  The freedom, independence, and potential for earning money make this milestone a very exciting period in a young person’s life.  But along with that excitement and earning potential › Continue Reading

By now you’ve probably heard of the so-called cinnamon challenge.  It’s been around for a long time, but has grown in popularity due to videos posted on YouTube. And while it may seem fairly innocent, it has the potential to › Continue Reading

Parents need to be aware of a dangerous new trend in alcohol consumption – and it doesn’t involve drinking, but rather, breathing. Dubbed the “Vaportini,” this new device hit the market last December and vaporizes alcohol so that it can › Continue Reading

Last week, a study conducted at Boston Children’s Hospital and published in the journal Pediatrics, confirmed speculation that an increase in prescription drug exposures and poisonings among children is related to a significant and increasing number of prescriptions being written for adults. › Continue Reading

This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week – a time to highlight this major cause of injury among children and advocate for its prevention. But, we must remember that dog bites occur year round, they affect people of all › Continue Reading

As a physician in a pediatric emergency department, one would think that my passion for bicycle helmet safety stems from treating the number of children I see sustaining serious or life-threatening head injuries in the ER.  Yes, of course, that › Continue Reading

My son, Jordan (pictured top left), is a typical teenager: he has a messy room, forgets to take out the trash and acts silly. But he is also very loving, honest, and extremely athletic. At four, Jordan started playing basketball › Continue Reading

The functionality of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is complex.  It evaluates the heart rhythm and delivers an electric shock to the heart when it unexpectedly stops. It’s no wonder that an American Heart Association study revealed that only 15 › Continue Reading

It’s a story that we hear too often:  a student athlete shoots a game-winning shot and collapses during the celebration.  In many cases the underlying cause of that fatal collapse is sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) caused by an undiagnosed form › Continue Reading