Risk of Ebola in Milwaukee is low, but we’re preparing for it

Risk of Ebola in Milwaukee is low, but we’re still preparing for it

As we continue to learn more about the U.S. cases of Ebola, we are on high alert at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Our expertise in infectious disease is helping us prepare, even though the likelihood of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. is extremely low. We know the signs and symptoms and are doing everything possible to alleviate fear and increase our readiness.

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How I worked with Project ADAM to get an AED in my school

Through Project ADAM, teen brings AED to her school

14-year-old MiKayla worked with Project ADAM to get an AED installed in her school to help prevent sudden cardiac arrest in children.

My name is MiKayla Person. I’m 14 years old and last year I learned that my school was missing something very important. It did not have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), a portable electronic device that diagnoses potentially life-threatening cardiac problems.

Minutes can mean the difference between life and death when a student goes into cardiac …Continue reading →

Influenza and the flu vaccine: What parents need to know

Stay healthy this flu season by getting vaccinatedFall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. It’d certainly be a shame to miss all that crisp weather and gorgeous scenery because of influenza.

The highly contagious virus affects the respiratory system, causing fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue. It is an annual scourge, changing a bit every season so even though you may have had influenza several years ago, you can …Continue reading →

Advice for new moms: Having a baby changes everything

Advice for new moms: Having a baby changes everythingCongratulations! You just had a baby! Simply put, your life will never be the same. I don’t think you can fully explain, or even really understand, what it is like to be a new mom until it happens to you. Having a baby is a game changer.

The best new-baby card I ever got simply said, “And now … you know.” I didn’t know that I …Continue reading →

Don’t let food allergies ruin your child’s school year

Don’t let food allergies ruin your child’s school yearJust like meeting homework deadlines and figuring out transportation to and from extracurricular activities, managing your child’s food allergies at school requires planning.

Food allergies affect 4-6 percent of children in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Incredibly, eight foods are responsible for 90 percent of all allergic …Continue reading →

How to give kids nutrition on the go and at home

How to give kids nutrition on the go and at homeOf all the battles parents help their kids fight, the one against poor nutrition might be one of the most difficult.

Unhealthy choices are just about everywhere you look, including at school, unfortunately, in the form of high-fat lunches and sugar-laden vending machines. Making it worse is that bad food choices are often cheap and attached to some clever, almost irresistible marketing …Continue reading →

Your child needs surgery: Why pediatric expertise is important

Your child needs surgery: Why pediatric expertise is importantAt Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, one of our fundamental beliefs is that treating kids is different than treating adults, and that the best possible care only comes through specialized pediatric training.

Last week, I was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on this very subject that also featured my colleague, Amy Wagner, MD. Surgeons across the country joined together and …Continue reading →