We use radiation equipment adjusted specially for children to ensure the lowest radiation dose to your child during an exam.
You may have noticed increased public awareness of radiation risks and efforts to reduce radiation exposure in medical imaging — especially in children.
As a pediatric radiologist, it is my responsibility to consider the risks and benefits of all imaging tests and keep the radiation dose as low as possible for each patient. I take this responsibility seriously and ask myself each day, “How would I tailor the test if this child was …Continue reading →
Growing up I often thought about equality and what that means to me. To me it meant that all kids, no matter their age, race, gender, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs or whatever box people may check off, deserved to have the same chances to succeed in life. As an adult I now realize that equality means much more. It means that a kid’s voice needs to be heard by the policymakers in local, state and federal governments.
Equality means that schools should have the same resources for kids to thrive whether they live in the Amani neighborhood of Milwaukee or in Mequon, Wis. Equality means …Continue reading →
Take notice if your child develops an insatiable thirst.
There is little information in the community about diabetes in children, so catching the signs may be difficult if you don’t know what to look for. Children with undiagnosed diabetes can become very sick very quickly.
Trust your intuition. Often, after diagnosis families look back and say, “Yup, that was happening. I knew something wasn’t right.”
Sometimes the symptoms are so vague that parents can’t clearly identify a …Continue reading →
Potty training is an exciting milestone in your child’s life.
As a pediatrician at Southwest Pediatrics, I see a lot of parents who are frustrated with the process of potty training their toddler. Sometimes, it’s because parents are starting the process before their child is ready.
The average age of a girl to potty train is 3 years old and the average age for a boy is 4 years old. A lot of grandparents will say that their kids were trained way earlier than that, but that’s because adults were “trained” to put their kids on the toilet every 30 minutes.
The goal of being potty trained is for the …Continue reading →
Sparklers can burn at more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit.
As a nurse in the Burn Program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, I’ve cared for kids who have suffered serious burns to their hands, feet, faces and bodies as a result of the careless use of fireworks.
Many people think sparklers are safe, but I know all too well that sparklers can be just as dangerous as larger fireworks, …Continue reading →
Since kids are still growing, special care needs to be taken.
Summer means kids of all ages are out riding bikes and scooters and bouncing on trampolines. But warm weather also brings injuries, and that often means broken bones.
If your child falls or is injured, it’s important to understand that treating broken bones in kids is different. Their bones are more flexible, so when they break, the fracture patterns aren’t the same as you’d see in an adult’s bones.
The right treatment for kids depends on the location and type of break. Some breaks will heal well with limited care, but others will need surgery to heal …Continue reading →
Jon McGlocklin, co-founder and president of the MACC Fund, introducing a $10 million gift to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Could $10 million change a life? Absolutely. It’s a lot of money. No question about it. It would change my life, and I know it would change yours too.
Now think about all the kids battling cancer and blood disorders. Think about the stress and fear their parents and families face every minute of every day. Suppose someone, somewhere, gave them $10 million. Would it change their …Continue reading →
Look who’s driving now: Your teen!
Very soon my second teenage daughter will be behind the wheel. (Gasp!) Recently, a friend who has a daughter enrolled in the classroom portion of driver’s education asked some of us more experienced parents how we prepared ourselves and our teens for the responsibility of driving. Here are some helpful tips:
1. Make a contract to emphasize driving is a privilege, not a right. Use the parent-teen driving contract found on the …Continue reading →
Summer is almost officially here and that means many families will be hitting the road for summer vacation. Before you leave, make sure your family is riding safely.
As a child safety advocate and certified car seat technician, I meet many families who think their children are riding safely, but they’re not. The most frequent mistake I see …Continue reading →
Dr. Margolis presents Antonio with an Aaron Rogers jersey
Our family will proudly represent Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin during Family Advocacy Day, June 19-20 in Washington, D.C. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the reason our family of six is still together, and we are honored to be able to share our experiences with legislators on behalf of the hospital.
Family Advocacy Day brings nearly 30 families from the nation’s top children’s hospitals to Washington each summer. While there, families educate members of Congress and the media about the quality health care that all children and families need. We also address critical medical and health care concerns for children, …Continue reading →