Tag "infectious diseases"

You’ve likely heard it from your doctor time and again: Antibiotics won’t work against a viral illness. But why not? That’s a good question, and the answer starts with the differences between viruses and bacteria.   Virus Versus Bacteria As › Continue Reading

If you have school-age kids, it’s likely that they have mentioned, made, or mashed homemade slime at some point in the past several months. The craze is real: Kids all over the U.S. are enjoying making slime at home. The › 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

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

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

When a highly contagious patient comes into Cincinnati Children’s, a special team of nurses kicks into gear. This team’s job is to prevent  illness from spreading. Team members answer colleague questions on everything from appropriate protective clothing to the most › Continue Reading

With help from the news media, the measles exposure at Disneyland in California has given healthcare professionals a renewed opportunity to share information about measles with parents of the children for whom we care. The full scope of the illness › 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

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

Whenever I tell people I work at Cincinnati Children’s, the first question they ask is “Are you a nurse?” It’s a natural assumption given that the nursing staff comprises a hefty percentage of our work force. But my answer is, › 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