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Putting the pieces together

Posted 3/7/2016 by UHBlog

Proactive care gives in utero stroke survivor a strong start Gwen Ciccozzi was a typical newborn, spending her days eating and sleeping. But her mom, Rebecca, began to have nagging concerns when Gwen was about 3 months old. “As Gwen started moving more, we noticed that she seemed to favor her left hand. We joked she may be a lefty,” recalls Rebecca. Unfortunately, Gwen’s issues didn’t resolve. At her 6-month checkup, it was clear Gwen was not using her right hand purpose...

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When diabetes develops during pregnancy

Posted 3/7/2016 by UHBlog

Some women develop diabetes after they become pregnant. This condition is known as gestational diabetes. The good news is that it’s treatable. Both mother and baby can be healthy, often with lifestyle changes alone. What is gestational diabetes? Hormones that help your baby develop during pregnancy may prevent insulin from working normally in your body. Insulin helps move sugar, or glucose, from your blood into your cells. If you become resistant to insulin, your blood glucose level rises...

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5 new rules of healthy eating for kids

Posted 3/7/2016 by UHBlog

As childhood obesity runs rampant, researchers have rushed to study ways to improve kids’ diets. Their surprising conclusion? Some classic techniques, such as pushing or withholding food, just plain don’t work. Harnessing their findings can help you guide your child toward healthier eating habits. Eva Johnson, MD Pediatrician, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Old: Clean your plate. ...

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Car Seat Checkup

Posted 3/7/2016 by UHBlog

A proper car seat is key to keeping kids safe during each car trip. But do you know how to choose the right car safety seat for your child's age and size? Brush up on your car seat knowledge with these need-to-know facts.

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Upgrade your approach to kids’ screen time

Posted 3/7/2016 by UHBlog

For years, the nation’s pediatric experts have advised parents to ban screens before age 2 and limit older kids to two hours daily. These rules from the American Academy of Pediatrics, however, date to 2011 – just after the release of the first iPad. Sara Lee, MD Pediatrician, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Now, 30 percent of kids touch their first screen while still wearing diapers. Three...

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Home alone: Is your child ready?

Posted 3/7/2016 by UHBlog

Home alone: Is your child ready? The American Academy of Pediatrics cautions that most kids younger than age 11 or 12 are not able to handle stressful or emergency situations on their own. Even more important than age is maturity: Does your child behave responsibly? Is he or she relaxed or uneasy about being alone? The bottom line: Let your child stay home alone only if you and your child are comfortable with the idea. Prepare your child Dieter Sumerauer, MD Pediatrician, Pediatric and Adole...

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A sweet society: Sugar Mamas helps women with diabetes achieve healthy pregnancies

Posted 3/7/2016 by UHBlog

For pregnant women who have diabetes, managing the disease during pregnancy can be complicated. Pregnancy changes the way diabetes is controlled, and it can have a significant effect on the health of both mom and baby – women with diabetes are at the highest risk for premature births. To give these women the support they need for a successful pregnancy, birth, and healthy newborn, the Center for Diabetes in Pregnancy at University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital created the Suga...

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Health Briefs

Posted 3/7/2016 by UHBlog

UH Rainbow named one of only 12 Top Children’s Hospitals in the country UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is proud to be recognized as a 2015 Top Children’s Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. This coveted list includes hospitals that performed at the highest levels, nationally. The ranking is based on Leapfrog’s rigorous quality and safety standards. Overall, Top Hospitals tend to have lower infection rates, higher survival rates for high-risk procedures, decrease...

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Healthy foods to help with springtime allergies

Posted 3/7/2016 by UHBlog

Healthy foods to help with springtime allergies Leigh Ann Kerns, MD Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Specialist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine If your child deals with hay fever each spring, you are probably familiar with the typical symptoms that pop up when plants are in bloom – sneezing, runny nose and scratchy throat. These symptoms occur when an allergen (such as pollen) enters the body an...

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