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 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 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” 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 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 Continue reading →

How kids can stay safe and keep away the summertime blues

How kids can stay safe and keep away the summertime bluesSummertime is a chance for kids to get some rest and relaxation, but one thing parents should never take a break from is making sure their kids are safe while enjoying these carefree days.

Did you know, for instance, that thousands of children in the United States are injured each year by lawn mowers? Or that just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk for Continue reading →