Because of the way energy drinks are labeled, it can be difficult to know how much caffeine is in a drink.
They’re fruity, they taste good and they give you that boost of energy you need to get through the day. But energy drinks can be harmful. Toxicologists at Wisconsin Poison Center urge parents to use caution and common sense when using energy drink products — for yourself and especially for your children.
From Jan. 1 through April 30 this year, poison centers across the country received reports of 1,060 individual cases …Continue reading →
Between 5 and 10 percent of teens have delayed sleep phase syndrome.
It’s noon and your teenager is just waking up. To many parents, this is a familiar sign of the carefree days of summer. Unfortunately, as the start of a new school year approaches, many parents wonder how their teens will be able to wake up in time to catch the bus.
Some teens are hard wired to fall asleep later. Sometimes, we refer to these teens as “night owls.” Of course, staying awake late into the night can lead to sleeping all morning.
As teenagers go through puberty, there …Continue reading →
Sarah and her family are looking forward to Miracle Treat Day.
Like most 5-year-olds, my daughter Jordan is enjoying summer vacation. She’s taking tap and ballet classes and completed “safety city” training at the Franklin Recreation department. She graduated from Kindergarten Kick Start, a fun way to get ready for school in the fall. She’s also enjoying visits to the Milwaukee County Zoo and the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum with her little brother, Joseph, Jr. who we call “Deuce.”
Thursday, Aug. 8, we will be heading to our local Dairy Queen to purchase one of Jordan’s favorite things, DQ Blizzards. Why Aug. 8? Because participating area Dairy Queen stores will donate proceeds from every …Continue reading →
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 →