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Karate kid

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

8-year-old controls asthma and keeps on kicking Energetic 8-year-old, Justin Wanzo, takes karate classes and plays football with his friends Mothers often have a way of knowing when something is not quite right with their child. Such was the case of new mom Jessica Wanzo. When Jessica’s son Justin was just 1 month old, she noticed his chest looked sunken-in when he breathed. Immediately, she took him to the pediatrician, who diagnosed Justin with asthma and referred him to James Chmie...

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Tiny batteries pose a big threat to kids

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

Many young children cannot resist putting small, shiny button batteries in their mouths. And all too often, they swallow them. These dangerous discs can then cause acid burns, tears in the esophagus and internal bleeding. Between 1997 and 2010, battery-related injuries sent more than 40,000 U.S. children ages 13 and younger to the emergency room. Common sources of swallowed batteries include toys, flashlights, remote controls, watches, hearing aids and light-up jewelry. To keep kids safe, stor...

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Learn the remedy for kids’ medicine mishaps

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

JERRI ROSE, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine From misused medications to side effects and errors in dosing, problems with medicines send about 17 million Americans to the emergency room every year. A new study in the journal Pediatrics shows that a large number of these incidents involve children. In fact, about one in 12 pediatric ER visits occurs because of prescrip...

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5 reasons your child skips lunch – and how to fix them

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

JANET KRAMER, MPH, RDN, LD, Clinical Dietitian, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital You spend hours preparing the right mix of healthy, kid-friendly foods. But still, at the end of the school day, you open your child’s backpack and find lunch unopened. Many factors can lead kids to snub their midday meals. Some have nothing to do with taste or even presentation. Here, find five reasons home-packed lunches go uneaten – and how to hack the box or brown bag to ensure...

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A new treatment option for uterine fibroids

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

SANDHIA VARYANI, MD, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, University Hospitals Clinical Instructor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Uterine fibroids can have a significant negative impact on a woman’s quality of life. For some women, hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) is a recommended treatment option. For Lisa Lindsay, a professional property manager and mother of three, it was the right option. Lisa recalls when she began to experience symptoms about a year ag...

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Expert emergency care when (and where) your child needs it

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital offers an entire network of pediatric emergency services locations across Northeast Ohio. So when an emergency arises, you will have convenient access to Rainbow quality care, no matter where you are located. Our pediatric emergency services at community locations are backed by the full resources of UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, including the region’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. Physicians and staff are speci...

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Revolutionary cancer treatment coming soon

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

The first proton therapy system in Ohio opens in summer 2016 at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, marking a major milestone in the treatment of cancer in adults and children. The MEVION S250 proton therapy system will offer proton beam therapy, the most precise and advanced form of radiation treatment for children and adults with brain tumors, lymphoma, sarcomas and other cancers. Proton therapy is an advanced type of radiation tr...

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Kale Chips

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

Super easy and yummy snack! Ingredients: 1 bunch of kale from grocery store or farmers’ market 1 Tablespoon olive oil ¼ teaspoon salt and/or garlic, cayenne, or other spices Instructions: Rip kale into salad sized pieces, toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Lay out on a baking sheet in an oven at 350° F for 20 minutes. Cool, then munch away. Comments: We have made these and they are very good! I’ve made these with cayenne and/or curry for a ...

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6 facts about the flu

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

FRANK ESPER, MD, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Winter is here – and so is the flu. To protect your family and those around you, make time to get flu shots. “The CDC recommends a flu vaccine for everyone ages 6 months and older,” says Frank Esper, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospita...

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3 healthy new year’s resolutions for kids

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

The fresh start that comes naturally in January can inspire your whole family to make healthy, positive changes. Try these age-appropriate ideas, or write up your own! 1. Toddlers: Make play time active time. Encourage active play that engages toddlers in the world. Nesting cups, building blocks or banging pots are good examples. 2. Preschoolers: Help make healthy food. Assign preschoolers small jobs in the kitchen and praise their efforts. Most kids will not reject a dish they helped prepar...

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Is it ADHD or something else?

Posted 12/17/2015 by UHBlog

NORA MCNAMARA, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Almost all parents worry about their child at some point. We evaluate their actions, compare development and hope they are on target. But when is a child’s behavior normal and when does it mean something more? If your child is easily distracted, has trouble focusing, is fidgety and often acts or speaks without...

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