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When Is It Time to Leave Your Child at Home Alone?

Posted 8/23/2018 by UHBlog

Young Boy Sitting On Sofa At Home Using Tablet Computer Whilst Watching Television

Thinking about letting your child stay home alone? Make sure he or she is ready for the responsibility.

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How to Help Your Child Transition from Pediatric to Adult Health Care

Posted 7/26/2018 by UHBlog

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As your child gets older, it’s important to help them become more independent when it comes to their healthcare.

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How to Guide Your Child Toward Potty Training Success

Posted 7/19/2018 by UHBlog

18-month-old toddler baby boy child sitting on potty and reading book with young dad in living room at home

It’s important to approach potty training your child with a lot of patience and to start the process only when he or she is ready.

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Do Your Children Fear Needles? How a Needle-Free Blood Draw May Help

Posted 7/13/2018 by UHBlog

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An innovative solution allows children in the hospital to have blood drawn with fewer needle pokes.

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A breath of fresh air

Posted 7/12/2018 by Ramy Sabe, MD
Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Aerodigestive Clinic at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Exhuberant young child in sunglasses

Pediatric Aerodigestive Program provides collaborative care for Cleveland toddler with complex airway and digestive conditions.

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When should my child see a pediatric specialist?

Posted 7/1/2018 by Andrew Hertz, MD
Pediatrician, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Clinical
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

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Sometimes, your child might have a problem that warrants a visit to a pediatric specialist.

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They grow so fast: A parent’s guide to growth charts

Posted 7/1/2018 by Dieter Sumerauer, MD
Regional Medical Director, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Primary Care Institute
Clinical Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Young child measuring herself against wall

It’s important to track a child’s growth rate over time, but keep in mind that no one number tells the whole story.

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Are you starting baby on solids at the right time?

Posted 7/1/2018 by UHBlog

Infant being fed baby food

Researchers have determined that about 16 percent of parents introduced solid foods too early.

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Brush Up on Children’s Dental Emergencies

Posted 7/1/2018 by UHBlog

Infographic: Brush Up on Children's Dental Emergencies

If your child has a dental emergency, follow these three steps.

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Food allergy bullying: A growing problem

Posted 7/1/2018 by Kathryn Ruda Wessell, DO
Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Specialist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Child holding injector in lunch box

Food allergies are everywhere, and that’s led to a side effect more surprising than rashes or throat swelling: food bullying.

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4 tips to manage your child’s summer sleep schedule

Posted 7/1/2018 by Carol Rosen, MD
Director, Pediatric Sleep Center, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s
Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

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For many kids, summer is a time to enjoy the longer days by staying up later with friends or family. Here are a few tips to make sure your kids get sound sleep throughout the summer and return to a routine once school starts.

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What does it mean if you have dense breasts?

Posted 7/1/2018 by Donna Plecha, MD
Medical Director, Breast Imaging, University Hospitals Breast Center
Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Nurse watches as patient undergoes mammogram

Almost half of all women who get mammograms are found to have dense breasts, and many don’t know what it means.

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EpiPen Jr. vs. EpiPen

Posted 6/29/2018 by UHBlog

Doctor in surgery examining young girl

Researchers at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital developed a new, smaller EpiPen specifically designed for infants and toddlers with life-threatening allergies.

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Her First Ob-Gyn Visit

Posted 6/22/2018 by UHBlog

Mother talking with child

Once your daughter reaches adolescence, it’s important that gynecological health be addressed during regular doctor visits.

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Setting the Record Straight About Drowning

Posted 6/7/2018 by UHBlog

Young Family Relaxing In Swimming Pool

Experts say instances of so-called “dry drowning” are extremely rare, but parents should make water safety a priority.

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What is Convenient Care?

Posted 6/4/2018 by UHBlog

Infographic: What is Convenient Care?

And when should you use it?

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Diabetes Risks for Children

Posted 5/10/2018 by UHBlog

Happy family enjoying at home with their daughter

The rate of diabetes in children is increasing. Know what signs to look for.

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Allergies and Age

Posted 4/27/2018 by UHBlog

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Both indoor and outdoor allergies often develop during childhood but there are ways to help prevent and manage symptoms.

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Bedwetting or Something Else – A UTI?

Posted 4/20/2018 by UHBlog

Sad child resting head on mother's lap

If your child is suddenly wetting the bed again well after potty-training, it could be as sign that he or she has a urinary tract infection.

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Cotton Swabs and Ear Injuries

Posted 4/6/2018 by UHBlog

Woman holding cotton swabs

Pediatricians warn against using cotton swabs to clean out ear wax.

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A family affair: Rainbow specialists offer the full gamut of resources to empower families to control Type 1 diabetes

Posted 4/1/2018 by Jamie Wood, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Diabetes Program, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Sarah MacLeish, DO
Pediatric Endocrinologist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Woman reading book to attentive toddler

Braydan seemed like he was always thirsty and going to the bathroom often. After checking his blood sugar levels, Braydan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

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Are sugary foods putting your children at risk for heart disease?

Posted 4/1/2018 by Andrew Dodgen, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Sugar falling from a loaded spoon

New guidelines on the amounts of sugar children should consume indicate that most kids will need to cut back on their sugar intake.

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3 things you need to know about HPV

Posted 4/1/2018 by Kimberly Gecsi, MD
Obstetrician/Gynecologist, University Hospitals Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Pre-teen girl looking into the distance

Despite its prevalence, there remains a lot of misconceptions and myths surrounding HPV.

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Plant power: Plant-based eating for the whole family

Posted 4/1/2018 by Janet Kramer, MPH, RDN, LD
Clinical Dietitian, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

Whether you’re thinking about transitioning your family to plant-based cuisine exclusively or just a few days a week, you might be wondering whether you need to have special considerations for your youngest eaters.

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4 big myths about asthma

Posted 4/1/2018 by Kristie Ross, MD
Clinical Director, Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergy and Immunology, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Toddler holding asthma mask

Here are four common myths, along with the facts, about living with asthma.

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Uproot your couch potatoes

Posted 4/1/2018 by Kathryn Tegeder, MD
Pediatrician, Medina Pediatrics
Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Three young girls with hands raised

Sneak fitness into their days with “microbursts” of activity.

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How to deal when others tell you how to raise your baby

Posted 4/1/2018 by Jason Tatka, DO
Pediatrician, UH Rainbow Portage Pediatrics

Mother on floor playing with infant

When you become a parent, it often feels like everyone around you has an opinion about all things baby-related.

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High blood sugar in pregnancy could affect baby’s heart

Posted 4/1/2018 by UHBlog

Pregnant woman holding glucose meter and cake

Having high blood sugar in early pregnancy could put your baby at higher risk for heart defects.

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Inevitable Obesity?

Posted 3/29/2018 by UHBlog

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Simple intervention on the parents’ part can help prevent childhood obesity, which could have long-term effects as they grow up.

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Running Partners?

Posted 3/23/2018 by UHBlog

Mother running on track with young daughter

Taking up running with your child can be a healthy family activity, but make sure it’s something both of you want to do.

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Enter Sandman

Posted 3/19/2018 by UHBlog

Sleeping tablets

While melatonin supplements can help children who have trouble sleeping, developing good sleep habits and routines is the best way to ensure your child gets enough shut-eye.

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Tummy Trouble

Posted 3/14/2018 by UHBlog

Young girl holding stomach as concerned mother looks on

If your child has frequent stomach aches, it could be irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS.

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The HPV Vaccine

Posted 1/18/2018 by UHBlog

Middle-aged couple enjoying a walk

The HPV vaccine can help prevent certain cancers and other diseases. Learn more about this vaccine and why your child should get it.

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Tonsil Time

Posted 1/11/2018 by UHBlog

Young girl having her tonsils examined

Removing the tonsils may be an option if your child has recurrent throat infections or sleep problems.

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Second Chances

Posted 1/1/2018 by UHBlog

Jennifer Giesel consulting

After beating cancer as a young adult, Jennifer Giesel supports young patients throughout their cancer experience.

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Good Food Found Lacking in Kids’ Diets

Posted 1/1/2018 by Janet Kramer, MPH, RDN, LD
Clinical Dietitian, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

Toddler surrounded by vegetables

Many young children aren’t being exposed to the foods that will set them on a healthy path – especially fruits and vegetables.

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Grade School Bullying Can Lead to High School Substance Abuse

Posted 1/1/2018 by Kimberly Burkhart, PhD
Pediatric Psychologist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Illustration of young girl hurt by gossiping classmates

School bullying is a serious problem that affects as many as one in three children in the U.S. New research links early childhood bullying to an increased risk for substance abuse in high school.

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For Love of the Game: How to Help Your Child Choose a Sport

Posted 1/1/2018 by Susannah Briskin, MD
Pediatric Sports Medicine Specialist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s
Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Boy about to throw basketball

Here’s how you can help your kids find the sports that speak to them.

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Manage Your Child’s Health, Anytime

Posted 1/1/2018 by UHBlog

Laptop displaying MyUHCare PHR

Accessible from any computer, tablet or smartphone, the University Hospitals MyUHCare Personal Health Record (PHR) allows you to receive lab and radiology results, email a doctor, refill a prescription, request or change appointments and so much more – all from the comfort of home or on the go, available 24/7.

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Cold or Flu? Here’s How to Tell

Posted 1/1/2018 by UHBlog

Cold or Flu? Here’s How to Tell.

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Watch Out for These 4 Holiday Choking Hazards

Posted 1/1/2018 by UHBlog

Illustration of holiday ornaments

Watch out for these potential choking hazards.

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Cotton Swabs Linked to Child Ear Injuries

Posted 1/1/2018 by Jay Shah, MD
Pediatric Otolaryngologist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Jar of cotton swabs

A common cleaning method – scrubbing inside the ear with a cotton swab – could be doing more harm than good.

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New Advice on Preventing SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths

Posted 1/1/2018 by UHBlog

Illustration of infant standing in crib

Taking these precautions can also help keep your baby safe.

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What to Expect from High-Risk Pregnancy Care

Posted 1/1/2018 by Ellie Ragsdale, MD
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, UH MacDonald Women's Hospital
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Illustration of pregnant female

If you’re a mother-to-be whose pregnancy isn’t routine, your doctor or nurse-midwife may refer you to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist (MFM) for extra care.

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Avoiding the Junk Food Trap

Posted 12/21/2017 by UHBlog

Mother and daughter choosing fruit at grocers

Take aim at childhood obesity by substituting healthy snacks for junk food.

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