So, what difference does it make if a child’s car seat is rear-facing or forward-facing? A profound difference, it turns out. Studies have shown that children in their second year of life are five times less likely to die or be seriously injured in a crash if they are restrained in Continue reading →
It’s such a big decision, selecting the doctor who will potentially take care of your child from birth until adulthood. While it may feel like a daunting task, just knowing the right questions to Continue reading →
Here is a startling fact: Teenagers are at greatest risk when it comes to pedestrian-related death, with a death rate twice that of younger children.
How can this be? From the moment our children start to walk, we teach them the rules of how to cross a road. We hold their hands, tell them to look left, right and left again, and cross Continue reading →
The past few years have seen a drastically increased focus on concussions, their health effects, how to avoid them, and how to treat them. Much of the attention has been paid to young athletes, and football in particular, but the truth is a concussion can happen to Continue reading →
Your child has a fever and sore throat. Oh no, not strep throat again! When you call the pediatrician’s office, the nurse practitioner tells you to bring her in for a strep test. But last year she had the same thing, you say, and she took antibiotics and got better. Couldn’t they Continue reading →
My daughter, Peyton, is 11 years old. The week she has chemo is the week she’s usually at her dad’s house. Brian and I share 50-50 custody, and switch off week to week, always on a Friday. So he prepares her that week, reminding her that chemo is coming up so that it Continue reading →
A new school year means more teens will be home alone after school, perhaps for the first time. With this increased independence, many new responsibilities come into play — like preparing after-school snacks or perhaps helping to prepare dinner.
As parents, we like to think we know that our kids know what is safe and unsafe to do in the kitchen. But the truth is, we should never assume. My young teens and I recently reviewed Continue reading →
Throughout summer, we see a lot of insect bites and stings in urgent care. Most of the time they are not harmful or infected, and can be easily treated.
Mosquito and other insect bites and stings cause itchy bumps that can sometimes even be painful (especially wasp or bee stings). In children, the area around the sting can get pretty Continue reading →
At Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, we are 100 percent dedicated to caring for kids and teens. That means we give them treatment meant specifically for them and their developing bodies, because kids and teens are not just smaller versions of adults.