Why you should garden and grow your own food

Why you should garden and grow your own foodQuick, what’s a great way to provide good, physical activity for you and your family that can also save you money and provide fresh, healthy food? Growing a garden!

If you’re new to gardening and think it’s only for those with the greenest of thumbs, never fear. With some simple planning (for instance, start small), you can soon be enjoying the Continue reading →

Watch 4-year-old Antonio go home with a new heart

Every patient who comes through the door at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is precious. Some we see for just a single appointment, while others stay with us all day, every day for months, until they become like family.

Antonio Dawson was with us at the Herma Heart Center for 233 days, more than seven months, while he waited for a heart transplant. That’s a long time for anyone, but just imagine Continue reading →

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin wins Lab of the Year

Lab of the Year: Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin wins national honor

Nimfa Albano, BSMT (ASCP), holds the issue of Medical Laboratory Observer that honors Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as having the Lab of the Year.

Laboratory services might not be something you think about much during a hospital stay or visit, but they are a crucial part of having a successful experience. And at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, you get the very best.

And that’s not just us talking. Medical Laboratory Observer recently honored Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as having the Lab of the Year, selecting our Laboratory Services Continue reading →

Every child is different: Don’t get caught up in milestone myths

Every child is different: Don’t get caught up in milestone mythsWe’ve all been there. Little Suzy down the street starts walking at 9 months, and your little Johnny is 10 months old and doesn’t even crawl. Everyone (especially Grandma!) is asking you, “What’s wrong with Johnny?!? Why isn’t he crawling?!” You can’t sleep at night, but your Continue reading →

New activities in Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! exhibit teach kids how to stay safe

New activities in Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! exhibit teach kids how to stay safeIf you’ve been to Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, chances are that you and your children have spent time exploring the giant board-game themed exhibit with the colorful path. The Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! exhibit, a partnership of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Kohl’s Cares, first opened to families in 2010, and Children’s Hospital of Continue reading →

How March of Dimes helped my family during our NICU stay

Charlotte was born weighing 1 pound, 4.5 ounces

Charlotte weighed 1 pound, 4.5 ounces at birth

Like all first-time parents, Rachel and I couldn’t wait to meet our baby daughter. But when Rachel’s pregnancy got cut short at 23 weeks and 5 days — without warning or any known cause — that joyful anticipation turned into an epic fight for our little girl’s life. Charlotte was born weighing 1 pound, 4.5 ounces, just shy of 1 foot long, and given a 30 percent chance of Continue reading →

5 questions to ask if your child needs an imaging exam

5 questions to ask if your child needs an imaging examYou may have noticed increased public awareness of radiation risks and efforts to reduce radiation exposure in medical imaging — especially in children.

As a pediatric radiologist, it is my responsibility to consider the risks and benefits of all imaging tests and keep the radiation dose as low as possible for each patient. I take this responsibility seriously and ask myself each day, “How would I tailor the test if this child was Continue reading →