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 …Click here to 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 …Click here to 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 …Click here to 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 …Click here to 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 …Click here to continue reading

How parents can prepare for viral season, including EV-D68

How parents can prepare for viral season, including EV-D68Over the last few days, the news media have brought attention to the number of children across the country with respiratory illnesses, particularly Enterovirus EV-D68. Though we haven’t seen any cases of Enterovirus EV-D68 at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin so far this year, we continue to actively test for it.

We’ve seen an anticipated increase in respiratory illness over the last few weeks, both in our primary care clinics and in our emergency room. This is typical for this time of the …Click here to continue reading