10 tips to keep your children safe on Halloween

10 tips to keep ghosts and goblins safe on HalloweenHalloween is a popular time of year for kids and families. Making or choosing costumes, decorating and coordinating trick-or-treat plans with friends often are all part of the excitement and fun. But Halloween comes with its own set of safety risks. Here are 10 tips to …Continue reading →

Tips for parents: Your child is sick and you’re worried

Your child is sick and you’re worriedYour child’s been sneezing, wheezing, coughing and just doesn’t feel good. And with all the media attention surrounding Enterorvirus EV-D68, you may be even more on edge. You’re …Continue reading →

Bridging our partnership: Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Bridging our partnership: Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

3-year-old Lydia and Ronald McDonald joined patient families and guests in a ribbon cutting, followed by the first official walk across the new pedestrian sky bridge.

As we celebrate our 30th year of Ronald McDonald House serving families with critically ill or injured children, the completion of the pedestrian sky bridge over Watertown Plank Road signifies a great achievement. We celebrated the milestone with a ribbon cutting today.

Now we can offer a solution to our families for a safe and efficient way to cross Watertown Plank Road to and from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The bridge also represents the …Continue reading →

Children and the outbreak of hand-foot-and-mouth disease

Children and the outbreak of hand-foot-and-mouth disease

We are seeing a nationwide outbreak of hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) this summer, with more cases than in recent years. HFMD is a common infection in children. It usually causes sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands, feet or buttocks, sometimes …Continue reading →

How to know when your child is ready to stay home alone

How to know when your child is ready to stay home alone

Many kids come home after school to empty houses, and for a new set of tweens, this school year will mark the first time they are allowed to do this.

As parents, we know once kids reach middle school they become more independent and responsible for making the right decisions to keep themselves safe. But how do you know …Continue reading →

Tips for parents: Getting kids in back-to-school shape

Tips for parents: Getting kids in back-to-school shapeIt’s about that time on the calendar when children’s groans change from “I’m bored!” to “Summer’s over already?” Another school year is upon us, and in addition to making sure your young scholars have all the pens, pencils and paper they need, it’s also part of your …Continue reading →

Top 5 causes of poisoning in teens

Top 5 causes of poisoning in teensSome teenagers are looking for ways to get high. They are finding dangerous options to push boundaries and often are not thinking about consequences. Under the influence of one drug it has been shown that teenagers are more apt to experiment with another set of …Continue reading →

How kids can stay safe and keep away the summertime blues

How kids can stay safe and keep away the summertime bluesSummertime is a chance for kids to get some rest and relaxation, but one thing parents should never take a break from is making sure their kids are safe while enjoying these carefree days.

Did you know, for instance, that thousands of children in the United States are injured each year by lawn mowers? Or that just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk for …Continue reading →

Stick the landing on safety when it comes to trampolines and kids

Stick the landing on safety when it comes to trampolines and kidsIt’s hard to argue with the simple pleasure that comes with jumping up and down on a trampoline, but it’s also impossible to ignore the significant health risk it poses.

A growing number of medical professionals — including yours truly — are discouraging the use of backyard trampolines, if not pushing for an outright ban on them, at least when it …Continue reading →

Seconds count in a water emergency

Daniel Baker

Summer and water go hand in hand in Wisconsin. Whether you plan to spend time at a community or backyard pool or on a lake, it’s important for parents, caregivers and children to know how to stay safe in and around water — and that seconds count in a water emergency.

Julie Baker of Franksville, Wis., learned that first-hand the day her son Daniel nearly drowned. Here is Daniel’s story: …Continue reading →