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Creepy Crawly

Posted 7/20/2017 by UHBlog

Creepy Crawly

Nice weather often means more time outdoors – which can also mean more encounters with stinging or biting insects.

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40 awesome things to do this summer

Posted 6/1/2017 by UHBlog

40 awesome things to do this summer.

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3 health scares: What’s really an emergency?

Posted 6/1/2017 by Jerri Rose, MD
Pediatric Emergency Medicine, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

In the heat of the moment, it can be tough to know when a situation requires immediate emergency room treatment or can be treated with a bandage and a hug. Here are three common health scares and the best ways to handle them.

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New guidance on martial arts

Posted 6/1/2017 by UHBlog

New guidance on martial arts

Karate, Taekwondo and other martial arts are popular with children. Although these activities provide a good workout for kids, some types also come with increased risk for injury, reports a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Time outside has surprising benefits for children’s vision

Posted 6/1/2017 by Faruk Orge, MD
Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Time outside has surprising benefits for children’s vision

Modern kids spend more hours staring at screens and less time playing in the sunshine. And the implications go beyond expanding waistlines.

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Does your child have a snoring problem?

Posted 6/1/2017 by UHBlog

Does your child have a snoring problem?

You may be interested a study to help us learn what the best treatment is for mild sleep-disordered breathing, a condition in which children have snoring and breathing problems during sleep, but do not have apnea (stopping breathing during sleep).

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Depression rates are on the rise in teenagers

Posted 6/1/2017 by UHBlog

Depression can make life challenging for teens at home, at school and in relationships. Plus, it’s a risk factor for suicide, the second leading cause of death in 15- to 19-year-olds. A new study in the journal Pediatrics showed that this issue is only growing.

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4 Ways our kids embarrass us

Posted 6/1/2017 by Anandhi Gunder, MD
Pediatrician, Rainbow Euclid Pediatrics Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

4 Ways our kids embarrass us (and what to do about it)

Your toddler’s howling in the supermarket cookie aisle. Your first-grader told Aunt Betty she doesn’t like her birthday present. Your 10-year-old just let rip a swear word you didn’t even know he knew – in public. What now?

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5 common questions about infertility

Posted 6/1/2017 by Rachel Weinerman, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist, University Hospitals Fertility Center
Clinical Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

5 common questions about infertility

If you’ve been trying to conceive but aren’t getting pregnant, you may be wondering whether it’s time to talk with a health care provider.

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Serve these foods without a side of guilt

Posted 6/1/2017 by Janet Kramer, MPH, RDN, LD
Clinical Dietitian, Pediatric Nutrition Services, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

Serve these foods without a side of guilt

If your family eats healthy most of the time, nutritional “lapses” are no big deal – and can even teach kids important facts about food.

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No Place Like Home

Posted 6/1/2017 by Edward Barksdale Jr., MD
Surgeon-in-Chief, Chief of Pediatric Surgery, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

No Place Like Home

Cleveland-area couple finds compassionate and highly specialized care for their newborn daughter close to home.

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Get Away for Some R&R and Wellness

Posted 5/25/2017 by UHBlog

Get Away for Some R&R and Wellness

Consider a wellness vacation to reduce stress and anxiety.

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Keeping Your Kids Mentally Active in the Summer

Posted 5/24/2017 by UHBlog

Keeping Your Kids Mentally Active in the Summer

Education doesn’t just happen in school. Summertime fun for your kids can include learning.

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Swimming Safety: Keeping Your Child’s Head Above Water

Posted 6/21/2016 by UHBlog

Swimming safety

Drowning is a leading cause of death in children between the ages of 1 and 4 years old, and for every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for near-drowning injuries.

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Look out for lead

Posted 6/13/2016 by APARNA BOLE, MD
General Pediatrician, Medical Director of Community Integration, UH Rainbow Babies & Children's
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

If you live in an older house or apartment, you might have a big problem on your hands that you have not realized: lead.

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Keep kids from piling on pounds this summer

Posted 6/13/2016 by JASON TATKA, DO, FAAP
Pediatrician, Rainbow Portage Pediatrics

They may have a break from math class, but kids still do some adding over summer break. Problem is, what they tally is extra pounds, a new analysis shows.

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My child snores – should I be worried?

Posted 6/13/2016 by CAROL ROSEN, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Sleep Center, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

You may be surprised if you hear the sound of snoring from your child’s bedroom. Yet it is not unusual: about 10 percent of children snore regularly. In many cases, childhood snoring is no cause for concern. But snoring can sometimes be the sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that can cause serious medical problems if not treated.

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Health Briefs

Posted 6/13/2016 by UHBlog

University Hospitals will open Ohio’s first proton therapy center in July, providing convenient access for patients and families at the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH Seidman Cancer Center.

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3 new screenings for tweens and teens

Posted 6/13/2016 by JO ANN JACKSON, MD
Pediatrician, University Premier Pediatricians
Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Height, weight, hearing, vision – by the time your child is a tween, you’re used to the drill of a regular checkup. Next time you head to the pediatrician, though, you may notice a few new screenings. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently revised the schedule of preventive care all kids should receive. Now, they say, pediatricians should check kids annually for three grown-up-sounding health problems.

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Pregnant women and new moms can benefit from this key screening

Posted 6/13/2016 by SHERYL KINGSBERG, PHD
Chief, OB/GYN Behavioral Medicine, UH MacDonald Women's Hospital
Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

If you are suffering from depression during pregnancy or after childbirth, you aren’t alone. Depression is one of the most common complications of pregnancy, and many new moms have feelings of sadness and anxiety. If untreated, depression can harm women and their children. Yet many women don't seek help for it. That’s why the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has updated their depression screening guidelines.

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A bright future ahead

Posted 6/13/2016 by NEHA SHETH, MD
Pediatrician, Northeast Pediatrics
Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Some people say that a mother knows her child better than anyone, picking up on subtle changes that others may not notice. Such was the case for Amy Corbett. She saw a brief glow in the left eye of her then 2-year-old daughter, Myla, that she had not noticed before. Thinking she was seeing things, Amy let it go. But when it happened again, Amy knew she needed to act.

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Wet your kid’s whistle with water

Posted 6/13/2016 by Raichal Mathew, MD
Pediatrician, Rainbow Heights Pediatrics
Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Do your children drink enough water? According to a study in the American Journal of Public Health, more than half of U.S. children and adolescents are not adequately hydrated, meaning they probably don’t drink enough water. This could have serious consequences for their health and development.

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Take steps to slash kids’ risk for kidney stones

Posted 6/13/2016 by TAMAR SPRINGEL, MD
Pediatric Nephrologist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

The pain strikes suddenly, does not let up and usually comes with a wave of nausea and vomiting. An increasing number of kids and teens have experienced the agony of kidney stones. Now health experts have concerns about their long-term health.

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How to Protect Your Largest Organ

Posted 6/8/2016 by UHBlog

How to Protect Your Largest Organ (skin protection)

How you treat your skin now can help to ensure fun summers for years to come.

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Back-to-School Checklist: Getting Your Child Ready to Return

Posted 7/20/2015 by UHBlog

Is your child ready to start school? We can help. As children splash in pools and ride bicycles this summer, it’s easy to forget the first day of school is close at hand. But it’s not too early to begin preparing for a new school year. To get a jump on the upcoming year, pediatrician James Underwood, DO offers these 11 tips to ensure your child has a healthy, safe and productive school year: 1. Update immunizations. Parts of the country are seeing a rise in measles, pertussis (w...

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Advice from Dr. Mom: Is your child ready to start potty training?

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Erin Frank, MD, Pediatric Hospitalist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and mom to a vibrant 2-year-old girl. The idea of ditching those pricey diapers and moving on to big-kid undies is an exciting transition for both parents and toddlers. But potty training takes time and a lot of trial and error to get it right. Most children can successfully potty train between 18 months and 3 years. Using the to...

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Summer: The season of experimentation

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Sara Lee, MD, Pediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Specialist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Summer is a great time of year for American teens to stay up late, sleep in, expand their horizons with a summer job or summer experience, and spend time with friends and family. It is also the time of the year American teens are most likely to become involved with drugs, alcohol and tobacco. A U.S. Substanc...

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Bicycle safety tips

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

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Princesses, pedaling and primary care: How exceptional pediatrics helped girl thrive

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Jon Kannensohn, MD, Pediatrician, University Premier Pediatricians Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Like many couples, it took some time for Brandy and Fred Carney to become pregnant. But the wait was worth it. Brandy delivered daughter McKenna following a healthy, full-term pregnancy. Yet despite her uncomplicated delivery, McKenna began to develop medical problems early on. McKenna suffered from recurring kidney and urinary tract infections and was ...

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The skin disease that’s on the rise among kids

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Eli Silver, MD, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Specialist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Few kids escape childhood without a bump, itch or skin blemish. An increasing number must cope with a rash that keeps coming back – the skin condition known as eczema. At least 10 percent of U.S. children now suffer from this itchy, persistent skin disorder, according to a new report in the journal Pedia...

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Villains and heroes for your child’s teeth

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Gerald Ferretti, DDS, MS, MPH, Chief of Pediatric Dentistry, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine More than a quarter of America’s 2- to 5-year-olds and half the 12- to 15-year-olds have tooth decay. Brush up on how the food and drink your kids put into their mouth can protect it so that they can keep smiling – and you can pay smaller dental bills. The bad guys According to Gerald Ferretti, DDS, MS, MPH...

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6 questions about having baby number 2

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Marjorie L. Greenfield, MD, Chief of General Obstetrics & Gynecology, UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine If you have had a baby, you most likely have the maternity clothes, birth stories and even the stretch marks to prove it. As an experienced mother, you understand pregnancy and delivery. But are you prepared for infant number two? Marjorie L. Greenfield, MD, Chief of General Obstetrics & Gynecology at University Hospi...

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8 Ways to Keep Your Kids Healthy While on Vacation

Posted 7/1/2015 by UH Blog

As many of us leave on vacation over the summer, it’s easy to let your anticipation eclipse your planning – especially in the last-minute shuffle to get packed and out the door. But the stress and excitement of vacation, coupled with lack of sleep and a poor diet, can make you or your children more likely to get sick.

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12 summertime health and safety tips

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Jerri A. Rose, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Specialist, Marcy R. Horvitz Pediatric Emergency Center, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Your family’s schedule is jam-packed. Fortunately, making sure your children eat well does not have to take a ton of time. The best way to help kids eat well is to serve healthy options at every meal and snack. Follow these tips from Janet Kramer, MPH, RDN, LD, ...

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Under the Rainbow, Summer Health Briefs

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

No summer vacation for viruses Summer colds are more frequent than you might think. Two common troublemakers this time of year are: Enteroviruses – the leading cause of summer colds, which sometimes cause nastier symptoms than the winter variety Parainfluenza – a respiratory bug especially hard on very young children Enteroviruses cause 10 to 15 million infections in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And although anyone can ca...

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Stay Cool When Your Kids Make You Hot

Posted 6/30/2015 by UH Blog

No more checking homework. Or packing lunches. Or ushering the kids to the school bus on time. It’s summertime and – theoretically, at least – the livin’ is easy.

But for many parents, spending oodles of free time with school-age kids can send tempers soaring higher than daytime temperatures.

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Keep Your Kids Safe During the Summer

Posted 6/9/2015 by UHBlog

Summer is a time for sports, swimming, biking, hiking and taking in the summer sun. But, with that summer fun comes a host of summer risks – many of them leading to injuries that could have been prevented.

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Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy During Summer

Posted 4/29/2015 by UHBlog

Are you concerned about your child’s weight? The specialized team at Healthy Kids, Healthy Weight can help. Summer. For kids, it means a long break from school and homework. For parents, it can create stress over how to keep your kids from spending the next two months sitting in front of a computer or TV screen. Try these tips to make sure your child gets her dose of daily physical activity: Embrace Technology – Technology isn’t going away, so why not embrace it, says Darryl...

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Grilling is Healthy, Right?

Posted 7/25/2014 by Joyce Kavaras, RD, LD

Joyce Kavaras, RD, LD We all have learned that grilling is a heart-healthy method of cooking (along with broiling, baking, roasting, microwaving, steaming and stir-frying.) With heart disease as the leading cause of death among Americans (CDC), we need to continue to utilize these lower fat cooking methods. However, it is important to note that death from cancer weighs in at a very close second. Therefore, we need to educate ourselves regarding ways to reduce our risk of cancer, and since we...

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