Making remarkable strides in treating kids with cancer, as research progresses

Nurse Kelly Pergande cares for 2-year-old Trevor in our MACC Fund Center.

Nurse Kelly Pergande cares for 2-year-old Trevor in our MACC Fund Center.

For 30 years, I have been helping children who have cancer. Every child and every family has a different story, but each one is a story of hope and courage. And each one begins the same way — with the words no parents ever want to hear … “your child has cancer.” They’re scared and they feel powerless. That is the reality for families we meet every day.

Over the past 30 years we’ve made remarkable strides in treating kids with cancer, now with successful outcomes for 80 percent of the kids we see. But that means 20 percent of …Click here to 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 …Click here to continue reading

Why kids with Down syndrome are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea in children with Down syndromeIn 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics published updated guidelines regarding the medical care for children with Down syndrome. It was recommended that all children with Down syndrome should have a sleep study by age 4. Why?

Children with Down syndrome are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. OSA is a sleep disorder in which the upper airway periodically closes off, not allowing airflow, until …Click here to continue reading

Miracle Treat Day: Get your Blizzard and support Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Have you heard about Thursday? It’s Miracle Treat Day! Which means you can make a difference for the kids served here at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin simply by eating a Dairy Queen Blizzard.

Participating Dairy Queen locations will donate $1 or more from every Blizzard sold on …Click here to continue reading

How dietitians care for children

How dietitians care for childrenMy father-in-law teases me for being a dietitian, saying things like “Did you take all the candy bars away from the kids today?” Little does he know about the day-to-day job of a dietitian.

Dietitian vs. nutritionist: What’s the difference?

I’m sure you’ve heard us called many things — “nutritionist,” “dietary” or even “nutritionalist.” To explain the difference, almost anyone can call themselves a “nutritionist” …Click here to continue reading

Tracheostomy Home Ventilator Program turns 30

Katelyn and Claudia Renaud, RN: Tracheostomy Home Ventilator Program

8-year-old Katelyn is cared for in our Tracheostomy Home Ventilator Program (pictured with Claudia Renaud, RN).

This year marks 30 years that Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has operated our Tracheostomy/Home Ventilator Program. Since 1984, we have served over 700 children and their families, and have become the premier program of its kind in the region.

A tracheostomy is a surgical procedure that inserts a tube into the trachea, or windpipe, to …Click here to continue reading

Sojourner Family Peace Center: Making an important family resource a reality

Sojourner Family Peace Center: Making an important family resource a reality

Rendering of the Sojourner Family Peace Center building opening in 2016

How do we make Wisconsin’s children the healthiest in the nation?

At Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, that is our vision. To everyone who works here, those are more than words, and we strive to improve the health of all children each and every day. We are making progress.

How do we do it? We don’t do it alone. Our work takes us into the community where we partner with organizations with the same commitment to kids. Through our partnerships with …Click here to continue reading