Childhood cholesterol tests may lead to healthier adults

At a family gathering, my cousin approached me about her daughter’s recent visit to the pediatrician. She was a bit surprised her pediatrician was recommending her healthy, active 10-year-old have her cholesterol checked. This sparked a very interesting debate among my family members about health guidance recommendations, most arguments beginning with phrases like, “back in the day…” or “my kids never had to ….”

Fortunately, though, with time comes knowledge. We have come to recognize that some of the most common adult health problems — diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol — have their roots in childhood habits. And there also are those unfortunate …Continue reading →

With Dr. Rohloff’s help, we discovered how special our daughter really is

Julie, Morgan, McKenna and Kenneth Perkins

Julie, Morgan, McKenna and Kenneth Perkins

When you are expecting a baby, there are so many emotions that go along with the joyous occasion. From the start, you are asked if the baby is a boy or a girl, but all you really are hoping and praying for is a healthy baby. We experienced some challenges when our oldest daughter was born seven years ago. My pregnancy was uneventful until delivery. Morgan was born weighing less than 4 pounds at full term, and our dreams shattered. We were scared for our daughter …Continue reading →

Eating treats with caution this Easter

If you or your children have food allergies, you know how important it is to watch what you eat. And with Easter right around the corner, those baskets of treats sure can be tempting. Personally, I’m huge fan of jelly beans! But food allergies mean you have to be extra …Continue reading →

Did you know discipline starts at birth?

BabyDiscipline is more than enforcing behavior. It’s about teaching, and it’s most effective when it’s positive. Discipline also means shaping your child’s character and teaching acceptable behavior. When you think of it that way, it’s easy to see that discipline starts at birth. The gentle touch and comfort you give to your child, and your responsiveness to his or her cries, model behavior from the beginning of life.

When your child starts to crawl, you’ll want to encourage good behavior and self-control. With this in mind, here are some helpful hints for early discipline: …Continue reading →

Keeping your kids warm … even in Wisconsin winters

This winter has been pretty mild, which makes colder temperatures seem even colder. Up until a few weeks ago, I’ve seen many children going to school in nothing more than hooded sweatshirts.

When temperatures drop again (and they will), it’s time to bundle up and make sure your kids stay safe in the cold. Remember that children are more vulnerable to the cold weather …Continue reading →

Your child has head lice? Don’t panic

Just say the words head lice and you’ll have parents, teachers and pediatricians cringing. These little creatures, about the size of a sesame seed, mostly affect school-aged children between 2 and 12 years old. Lice also create unnecessary fear and panic.

With the cold weather and snow finally here, I’m just waiting for the calls from worried parents about lice and nits. Picture it: Mittens, hats and coats jumbled in piles outside the …Continue reading →

How a health care hero can make a difference in a child’s life and a community

Recently, I was privileged to attend the Health Care Heroes Awards program sponsored by BizTimes, a biweekly news magazine here in Milwaukee. During this event, Robert Rohloff, MD, a pediatrician at Children’s Medical Group Southwest Pediatrics, was honored as a health care hero.

Dr. Rohloff was recognized for his work instituting a more family-centered way of caring for kids that led to a change in the clinic’s approach to health care. This medical home model is being implemented more widely across the country, and thanks to Dr. Rohloff, Southwest Pediatrics is …Continue reading this post

Whooping cough cases highlight need for vaccination

A number of children in the Milwaukee metro area recently have been diagnosed with pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough. Whooping cough is particularly worrisome for parents of infants, because children have to be 2 months old to receive the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP) vaccine.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory infection. Although it first seems like a regular cold, whooping cough can turn more serious. It causes coughing so bad that it’s …Continue reading this post

The adolescent health visit

Bright Futures, a helpful guideline for our physicals, describes the ages of 11 to 14 as early adolescence.  These years are typically filled with a great amount of change in a child’s life and can be both exciting and terrifying.

Most of us remember our own awkward years, either good or bad. Visits to the doctor can be a lot of fun for some children but embarrassing to others. This makes the pre-teen and teen visits even more important. Because of this awkwardness or embarrassment, we …Continue reading →