Mason’s NICU story: The importance of choosing the right NICU

Mason's NICU story: The importance of choosing the right NICU

Despite his tiny size and the all the obstacles he faced, Mason was one feisty baby.

When I learned that my son, Mason, was going to need to be delivered two months early, there was a lot of uncertainty. How would the delivery go? Would he be healthy? What was life going to be like for him? But one thing I was absolutely certain of is where I wanted him to …Click here to continue reading

Kids and nosebleeds: What parents need to know

Kids and nosebleeds: What parents need to knowNosebleeds are common, and often harmless, but that doesn’t make them any less alarming.

They typically occur when dry air irritates the capillaries inside the nose, causing them to break or bleed. Crusting then occurs that can itch and cause scratching leading to additional bleeding. Dry climates or heated indoor air are often to blame, but colds can also play a …Click here to continue reading

Colds, strep throat and dry skin: Keeping kids healthy in winter

Colds, strep throat and dry skin: Keeping kids healthy in winterThe return of winter might have a lot of us bummed out, but what’s even more of a drag is all the illnesses and ailments the cold season brings with it.

Yes, it’s time to start preparing for colds, flu, strep throat, croup, ear infections, dry skin — all those health issues that tend to pop up in children as the temperature drops. And often these …Click here to continue reading

Ear buds and headphones: Safe listening tips for kids and teens

Ear buds and headphones: Safe listening tips for kids and teensThere’s a big push to pay attention to how much “screen time” kids have these days, with electronic tablets now becoming more commonplace in schools as well as at home. Part of that effort should also be focused on the impact this has on their hearing.

While there are many different causes of noise-induced hearing loss, the pervasiveness of …Click here to continue reading

What I’m thankful for this holiday season

Peggy Troy and Sadie

3-year-old Sadie is a primary care patient at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

For so many of us, the holidays revolve around children and families. That’s certainly true here at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. As the CEO, and as a mom, my thoughts are with the kids and families who are struggling this holiday season with a hospital stay or those transitioning to foster care. Then there are those who have a new home and renewed hope …Click here to continue reading

Donald Driver: Why I’m partnering with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on Driven to Better Health

Donald Driver: Why I’m partnering with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on Driven to Better HealthAs you may have heard, I recently announced the launch of an exciting new partnership with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin called Driven to Better Health. The program challenges schools and families in Wisconsin to make healthy eating and physical activity a daily priority. The best part? Every year, one school and one family that show their commitment to living …Click here to continue reading

How to choose a heart hospital for your child

How to choose a heart hospital for your child

9-year-old Zakary shows off his chest scar during his clinic visit at the Herma Heart Center.

Making the critical decision about whom to trust with their child’s heart surgery is one of the toughest questions parents could ever face. Last August, I read a great article on CNN.com titled “10 ways to get your child the best heart surgeon.” The tips are good and provide an …Click here to continue reading

Watch the first baby move into our new, redesigned NICU

Today was moving day for our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)!

Our NICU babies (including baby John, who is featured in the above video) have begun the move into our new space. In addition to a higher bed count (increasing from 59 to 70), the new NICU has private rooms for all patients and provides special accommodations for …Click here to continue reading

Why car seats and bulky coats are an unsafe, wintry mix

The dangers of winter coats and car seats: What parents need to knowPuffy winter coats affect how the harness in a car seat fits your child. The extra padding added by a coat makes it impossible to get the harness to fit correctly.

Even though it might feel like the harness is snug, in a crash the extra material will compress, therefore making the harness too loose to be effective. Loose harness straps on a car seat …Click here to continue reading