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Too Sick For School?

Posted 9/9/2016 by UHBlog

Too Sick For School? Here's how to tell.

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Stories from our Facebook community

Posted 9/9/2016 by UHBlog

Tatiyanna Tate and Dr. Barksdale

Tatiyanna was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at birth. Read her family’s story.

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Pregnancy and prescription painkillers

Posted 9/9/2016 by LULU ZHAO, MD
Obstetrician/Gynecologist, UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Each year, millions of women are given prescription painkillers such as hydrocodone (Vicodin) or oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet) for the treatment of both chronic and short-term conditions. But, a recent article in the journal Pediatrics now gives additional cause for pause for women using painkillers while pregnant or thinking of getting pregnant.

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Reducing the wait and worry

Posted 9/9/2016 by DOUGLAS FLECK, MD
Medical Director, Rainbow Ashtabula Pediatrics
Clinical Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Jim and Caron Fenton with Connor (center), Jackson and Sofia at Lake Farmpark.

Jim and Caron Fenton pay close attention to their children. When their 19-month-old son, Connor, began breathing faster than normal, they acted right away.

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Car seats and carriers: No substitute for a crib

Posted 9/9/2016 by CARMEN HANSFORD, MD
Pediatrician, Elyria Pediatric Care
Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Contrary to popular belief, car seats, carriers, and other sitting or carrying devices are not meant to be used as alternative sleeping environments. In fact, a recent study suggests allowing infants to sleep in these devices could put their lives at risk.

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Manners still matter

Posted 9/9/2016 by KIMBERLY BURKHART, PhD
Child and Adolescent Psychologist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Manners still matter

Although the term “etiquette” may not be used every day, kindness and effective social interaction are essential in developing healthy relationships. By learning good social skills at a young age, children develop socially and emotionally into respectful and kind adults.

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Toothbrushing tips for kids, at every age and stage

Posted 9/9/2016 by MARGARET FERRETTI, DMD
Pediatric Dentist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s
Visiting Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine

Toothbrushing tips for kids

Even before your child’s teeth have erupted, it’s important to start mouth care.

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Watch out for the toll bullying takes

Posted 9/9/2016 by CAROLYN IEVERS-LANDIS, PHD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s
Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Talking with your children about bullying can help them curb or defend against such behavior.

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What to ask your pediatrician before your child plays sports

Posted 9/23/2015 by UHBlog

Amanda Weiss Kelly, MD, Director, Pediatric Sports Medicine, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Playing sports is a great way for kids to exercise, learn teamwork, make friends – even boost self-esteem. But it is normal if you are not sure whether your child is ready to hit the field. Your pediatrician is a great resource for addressing your concerns. Before your child dons a uniform, here are some ...

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Is your home too clean for your child’s good?

Posted 9/23/2015 by UHBlog

Leigh Ann Kerns, MD, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital; Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Two surprising studies suggest some parents’ efforts to get rid of every germ may increase rather than decrease kids’ chances of getting sick. Specifically, the findings show: Cleaning houses with bleach may boost children’s risk for respiratory and other infections. Infants in houses wi...

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Standing up for her health: On a quest for answers, teen battles cancer and emerges victorious

Posted 9/23/2015 by UHBlog

Rachel Egler, MD, Director, Outpatient Services, Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine When Danielle Steele was 15 years old, she felt that something was not right. “I was really tired all the time,” she says. “I had night sweats, pain and enlarged lymph nodes in my neck, groin and armpits.” She quickly shed 20 pounds from h...

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The facts of lice

Posted 9/23/2015 by UHBlog

View Larger Graphic Each year, head lice get into the hair of 6 to 12 million kids, ages 3 to 11. What are lice? Lice are tiny wingless insects that live on a person’s scalp and feed on their blood. About the size of a sesame seed, lice lay eggs called nits, which they glue to hairs, close to the scalp. Symptoms of head lice Your child may have head lice if he or she complains of: A tickling feeling in the hair, like something is moving An itchy scalp Sores on the hea...

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The trick to healthy treats for Halloween

Posted 9/23/2015 by UHBlog

Janet Kramer, MPH, RDN, LD, Clinical Dietitian, UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital “Trick or treat, give me something good to eat,” goes the childhood chant. But the trick for many parents is finding treats children will eat that do not compromise their health. A small amount of Halloween candy is not going to make or break a child’s weight or a parent’s dental bill. The problem is that for many families, it is not just one night of candy but months’...

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Mom, am I your favorite?

Posted 9/23/2015 by UHBlog

Although you love all your kids equally, parents may show favoritism to one child without realizing it. To avoid favoritism in your family, follow these tips: Make a special effort to spend some time alone with each of your children. Set aside an hour to bake cookies or play pickup basketball, depending on the child’s interests. Every human is unique, so never compare a child with his or her siblings. Quick words can sting for a lifetime. If you have a child with health or...

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Kids Kicking Cancer promotes healthy living

Posted 9/23/2015 by UHBlog

Today, it is easier than ever for kids with cancer and blood disorders to remain physically active, thanks to Iris S. & Bert L. Wolstein’s Kids Kicking Cancer. This targeted program encourages young patients and survivors of cancer and blood disorders to be active and recognize the benefits of physical activity and healthy eating. The Kids Kicking Cancer program is free of charge and welcomes children and adolescents, either on or off treatment, no matter where they receive medical ca...

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The mommy blues: Feeling sad beyond babyhood

Posted 9/23/2015 by UHBlog

Sheryl Kingsberg, PhD,Chief, Behavioral Medicine, UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Close to three-quarters of new mothers experience the “baby blues” – a short-lived emotional response that makes them feel irritable, restless and anxious. “Postpartum depression differs from the baby blues in that the symptoms are more severe and last longer,” explains Sheryl Kingsberg, PhD, Chief of Behavioral M...

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Help teens work through problems

Posted 9/23/2015 by UHBlog

John Hertzer, MD, Chief, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Teens struggle with physical and emotional changes, a desire for independence from their parents, and pressure from friends to join in activities they may or may not feel comfortable with. How can you give your child the support needed at this critical time? It helps to learn the differences between age-appropri...

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4 healthy habits to teach your kids

Posted 9/23/2015 by UHBlog

Erin Frank, MD, Pediatrician, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Learning how to be healthy from a young age will help your children get the most out of their school years and set them up for success in the future. Read on for tips on four key ways to help your child stay healthy from Erin Frank, MD, a pediatrician at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. 1. Make exercise p...

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Guarding Against Falls

Posted 9/18/2015 by UBlog

Although preventing an injury is always better than treating one, University Hospitals Center for Rehabilitation Services is there to help patients regain independence after an accident. Twenty-six years after “Mrs. Fletcher” first cried out the immortal words on TV, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” remains one of the most parodied catch phrases in American pop culture. But it isn’t so funny when it really happens. Falls are the leading cause of fatal a...

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Six Strategies for Avoiding Winter Falls

Posted 2/9/2015 by UHBlog

The snowy winter months are prime time for orthopaedic injuries resulting from falls, such as strains, sprains and fractures. To prevent falling this winter season, use these six simple strategies: Wear appropriate footwear when walking outside – even if it’s just from the parking lot to inside a building. Your best option is a pair of winter boots with rubber or neoprene soles, which provide good traction when you’re walking. Take extra care when you get in or out ...

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Halloween Candy Everywhere? How to Handle the Surplus of Sweet Treats

Posted 10/1/2014 by Meghann Featherstun, MS, RD, LD

Meghann Featherstun, MS, RD, LD With Halloween around the corner, there will soon be a surplus of high-calorie, low-nutritional-value sweets tempting us at every turn. Our healthiest intentions will soon be put to the test. What is the best way to handle this candy filled holiday? Out of sight – Out of mind Don’t leave candy lying around the house, the office, the car, or anywhere! Give away the extras. Although they might protest now, your family and friends will thank you wh...

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Fall = Pumpkin Season!

Posted 9/29/2014 by Meghann Featherstun, MS, RD, LD

Meghann Featherstun, MS, RD, LD It’s fall and the leaves have begun to change. To many this means, let’s start eating pumpkin! Make sure to save the high-calorie, high-sugar, high-fat items (can you say pumpkin latte, pumpkin roll, pumpkin muffin, pumpkin pie?) for special occasions and add pumpkin into your healthy everyday repertoire. Be sure to purchase plain, canned, 100% pure pumpkin. Canned pumpkin also comes pre-sweetened and labeled ‘pumpkin pie mix’. (Be ca...

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