As a mom, I know handing out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween is both fun and expected. But as a pediatrician, I want to remind parents to pay attention to how much candy your kids are consuming and to consider mixing in alternatives to candy for the …Continue reading →
As a sleep specialist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, I’ve dedicated my career to helping kids get the sleep they need to reach their full potential. One of the most difficult times to get enough sleep is after you bring a new baby home.
Sleep is important at every age, but it’s especially important for a baby who is growing and developing at a rate faster …Continue reading →
The new school year brings a lot of fun things — excitement, new friends, new teachers, after-school activities … but it can also bring about stress and headaches as homework piles up and tests loom around the corner.
Starting the year off right can help minimize a child’s stress levels throughout the year, which could lead to fewer …Continue reading →
Fall brings the return to school for our children and often, to the dismay of many parents, the return of head lice. Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that live among human hairs and feed on small amounts of blood drawn from our scalps. They are very common and occur most frequently in children between 3 and 12 years of age.
Lice are not dangerous and do not spread …Continue reading →
Severe storms — such as tornados and thunderstorms — strike most often in Wisconsin during the summer months when temperatures are warm. It’s important to know the danger isn’t over once the storm blows through — especially if power is knocked out.
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is the most common poison-related cause of hospitalization and death in the wake of …Continue reading →
Kids can get a lot of ear infections. They can be painful, uncomfortable and are especially common during cold and flu season.
An ear infection is inflammation of the middle ear, usually caused by a virus or bacteria, and happens when fluid builds up behind the eardrum and becomes infected. A child’s ears don’t drain like an adult’s ears, so kids are more likely to get …Continue reading →
If your kids enjoy playing outside, they could get into some dangerous situations with outdoor poisons. Many family garages and sheds are home to lawn chemicals, fluids, paints and pesticides.
Here are some basic tips to help keep your children — and yourself — safe: …Continue reading →
On Dec. 13, 2011, my son Joseph “Joey” Raymond Esselmann was unexpectedly born at 26 weeks gestational age. He weighed 1 pound, 15 ¾ ounces and was 13 inches long.
The doctors were unsure if Joey would survive, and if he did, whether he would have long-term complications. He spent …Continue reading →
I am excited to announce Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is hosting a live Twitter chat Aug. 30 to discuss safe teen driving during back-to-school season.
Parents and teens are encouraged to join our motor vehicle safety experts and medical professionals to discuss:
- How to talk to your teen about distracted driving
- Tips to help your teen avoid texting and driving
- The effectiveness of safe driving pledges …Continue reading →
This year, World Breastfeeding Awareness Week focused on the support a woman needs to succeed at breastfeeding or pumping breast milk.
We all want our children to have the best start in life. We know through research and experience that breast milk is the very best nutrition for newborns. So, a new mother may feel bad if she doesn’t immediately succeed with breastfeeding. But most women who breastfeed struggle and need help from someone.
Most babies don’t know what to do when …Continue reading →