My name is Vincent, and I am 14 years old. One week before my seventh birthday, I had a heart transplant at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. People made a big deal about it, because I was the first kid in the upper Midwest to receive a Berlin heart.
A Berlin heart is a fake heart that you wear on the outside of your body. It keeps you alive while you wait for a transplant. I was out of the hospital in just 10 days! Now, I get to …Continue reading →
We take time when we purchase our children’s shoes and clothes to make sure they fit correctly. We would never dress them in adult clothing. But do we take the same amount of time checking to make sure that the life saving system in our car (the seat belt) fits them correctly? We should — because it could save your child’s life.
Making the decision to put your child into the seat belt is a huge decision and you want to make sure that it fits before you use it without a booster seat. Seat belts are designed to …Continue reading →
A recent CDC study pointed out that even healthy children can develop complications from influenza, such as severe pneumonia or death. Young infants, children with other illnesses, pregnant women and the elderly are most at risk for severe cases of the flu.
Many parents mistakenly refer to a stomach illness with vomiting and diarrhea as the flu. Actually, the flu is a respiratory illness with high fever, headaches, body aches, chills, cough …Continue reading →
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is one of the most commonly diagnosed childhood disorders. It may persist into adolescence and adulthood. A diagnosis of ADHD is dependent on symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.
Many of the most common behaviors linked to inadequate or disrupted sleep in children are similar to the symptoms of ADHD, including problems with attention and focusing, …Continue reading →
All of us at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin have learned how to talk to kids about scary things — from common medical procedures to complex surgery.
When violence occurs, we’re usually the experts about communication: use the right words, watch for signs of fear and offer distractions to make things easier.
Yesterday, Children’s Hospital was in the middle of the frightening incident. Our hospital …Continue reading →
Today we experienced a frightening situation at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
We are still waiting for all the details to emerge. What we do know is that a man who was visiting our hospital was involved in an altercation with police and was shot.
My heart goes out to the family involved, to all of our patients and families who were here at the time, and to all of our employees who worked together to relieve patients and families of their fears. As the news broke, I know that friends and family were worried as they waited …Continue reading →
It was a once in a lifetime experience. A few weeks ago my daughters, Lily and Bailey, had the opportunity to participate in a video shoot for a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin TV commercial — airing now through the holiday season.
For my entire family, including big sister Maddie, it was a fun and exciting experience. But more importantly, it was an opportunity for them to help other kids by raising awareness …Continue reading →
One of my favorite things about fall is the variety of delicious fall foods that are in season. And for some reason, most of those foods are perfect in soups or stews!
Most people hear the word soup and think “that won’t fill me up,” or “and what else will I eat with that?” Truth is, soups or stews can be an entire meal; it can fill you up and be good for …Continue reading →
Each year, we welcome more than 20,000 patients and their family members into the Daniel M. Soref Family Resource Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
They come to us for a variety of reasons. Some need to use our computers; others want to check out a library book, DVD, video game or tablet. We also have many families who turn to the Family Resource Center to read and learn more about their child’s medical condition, …Continue reading →
As a pediatric cardiologist, I can assure you that forming heart-healthy habits will make a difference in your child’s life. Eating less fast food and decreasing time spent in front of a screen (TV or computer) are two very easy habits to start right now.
Check out this infographic on heart health for kids. Can you believe that for every 25 pounds of excess weight, the body needs to pump blood through an extra 5,000 miles of …Continue reading →