Safety and Prevention

There is at least one thing that parents don’t want to bring home from the swimming pool this summer: shigellosis. It’s caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella. Most people infected with Shigella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps › Continue Reading

Have a happy 4th, but hold the fireworks. Or at least leave them in the hands of professionals, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises. Because thousands of people are treated for fireworks-related injuries in hospitals across the United States every › Continue Reading

It happens. Sometimes teen athletes collapse after showing no apparent warning signs. It happened to Sarah (Steel) Anderson. She went into cardiac arrest at 12 years old after coming home from a cheerleading camp. While she had never shown signs › Continue Reading

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that lawn mower injuries are on the rise, up 3% in 2010 compared to 2009. The most common injuries are caused by strikes from debris, such as rocks and branches propelled by the › Continue Reading

School’s out for the summer, and pediatricians at Cincinnati Children’s say this is a good time set limits on your kids’ TV time. Dr. John Hutton, a pediatrician at Cincinnati Children’s and the owner of blue manatee children’s bookstore and › Continue Reading

For the first time in more than 30 years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is revamping its standards for sunscreens. The changes, which go into effect this year, should make it easier for people to find the right sunscreen › Continue Reading

The following was published in the Cincinnati Enquirer on Saturday, April 28th, 2012. Six children every minute. Three million every year. Those are the staggering statistics behind reports of child abuse and neglect in this country. Worse still, every day › Continue Reading

For most parents, installing car seats probably ranks as one of the more difficult things they do for their kids’ safety. And now, a report out last week by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS – the same organization › Continue Reading

Last week marked National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and while we recognize the tardiness of this blog post, we didn’t want to completely miss an excellent opportunity to give due recognition to this group of conditions, the life-altering impact they › Continue Reading

Even in a world of modern antibiotics, meningitis maintains a stubborn foothold. This bacterial infection of membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord continues to kill or permanently disable an alarming number of infants, children and adults. Effective vaccination programs › Continue Reading

Were he alive today, one might wonder how Norman Rockwell would portray childhood in a world increasingly obsessed with digital media. Maybe Mr. Rockwell’s images would be of kids wearing earplugs hooked to iPods, cell phones in hand, their fingers › Continue Reading

New training is helping doctors in the Pediatric Primary Care Center at Cincinnati Children’s diagnose food insecurity in local families. Cuts in the federal WIC program, which provides vouchers for families to help buy infant formula, cereal and other nutrition › Continue Reading

Most parents – and their kids – are too embarrassed to even discuss bedwetting with a pediatrician. But it’s quite common, says Dr. Bradley Dixon, a physician in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, › Continue Reading

New toys are soon to be the highlight of holidays for children all over the world. But our experts caution that parents need to choose toys carefully to reduce the risk of serious injury to children. First, it’s important to › Continue Reading

It’s the end of October and everyone is buzzing about Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating. It’s such a fun time of year, but as our doctors and experts in the Drug and Poison Information Center remind us, it’s also a time › Continue Reading

The explosive impact of the planes, the unfathomable collapse of the towers, panic in the debris-clouded streets, stunned faces, grieving families. The inescapable images of Sept. 11 that overwhelmed us a decade ago will once again dominate the airwaves as › Continue Reading

The best way to disrupt the spread of influenza is immunization for everyone — even the healthiest people — beginning at 6 months of age. But what about the very young — infants under 6 months for whom no flu › Continue Reading

It seems the older we get, the years go by faster and faster. Thank goodness we work with kids, they keep us young. Good-bye 2010, hello 2011. This time of year has us looking both backward and forward. For many › Continue Reading

The best way to disrupt the spread of influenza is immunization for everyone — even the healthiest people — beginning at 6 months of age. That’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends. And more and more studies › Continue Reading

Flu season 2010-11 is fast approaching and as part of our preparation for this year’s strains of influenza, we’re remembering lessons from last year’s H1N1 pandemic. It was a flu season unlike any that we’ve seen before. With H1N1, we › Continue Reading

This is a recap of recent health news featuring Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. We hope you enjoy this week’s edition of collected news, and please feel free to offer comments below – we really do listen! The Devastating Impact of Bullies USA › Continue Reading

Maybe we just need to scare the hell out of people. That was the message from one the country’s leading advocates for childhood immunizations during a talk last week at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting in San Francisco. After › Continue Reading

Ordering hormonally charged teenagers not to have sex is probably not the most effective strategy for avoiding pregnancy.   Although the national birth rate for girls ages 15 to 19 decreased 2 percent between 2007 and 2008, the United States still › Continue Reading

About 42 percent of U.S. homes have a firearm, reported a recent article. Some may be surprised the number is so high, but I think it’s a rather conservative estimate. And I think the number is increasing in light of › Continue Reading

The Affordable Care Act, signed into law in March, is already beginning to protect families from some of the pains of health insurance.  When the new law is fully phased in by 2014, it will help families secure affordable health › Continue Reading