How to treat and prevent nosebleeds in children

Although it can be scary when your child gets a nosebleed, it’s usually not dangerous. In this video, I explain why nosebleeds occur and provide techniques that demonstrate:

  • How to stop your child’s actively bleeding nose
  • How to put ointment in your child’s nose to prevent nosebleeds

Since nosebleeds are common in kids, start with some of these simple techniques. If your …Continue reading →

The auto show offers a perfect opportunity to review passenger safety

the Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy Mobile Unit

Look for the Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy Mobile Unit at the Greater Milwaukee Auto Show.

The Greater Milwaukee Auto Show is in town. For many families, this is a fun annual event — a way to experience, see and touch all of the latest makes and models of shiny new cars.

If you are headed to the Wisconsin Center this weekend, be sure to look for the Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy Mobile Unit. This is the first …Continue reading →

Now accepting 2014 Nurse of the Year nominations

Every year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel offers an opportunity for members of our community to nominate a nurse for Nurse of the Year. This is an awesome way to publicly recognize a nurse who has touched your life or a member of your family’s life. 

I encourage you to watch the video above to learn more about this special opportunity to …Continue reading →

Here are some HOT tips to avoid frostbite

Here are some HOT tips to avoid frostbiteThis being Wisconsin, we still have more cold weather ahead of us, so it’s important for parents to understand the risk of frostbite during Winter weather.

Frostbite occurs when the skin and underlying tissues freeze. Even a short period of the skin being exposed to subfreezing temperatures can have long-term consequences such …Continue reading →

Is your child’s sore throat really strep throat?

How to know the difference between a sore throat and strep throatStrep throat is a common childhood illness, but parents often are frustrated with the number of times their kids get it. It’s important to understand a few important differences, especially the difference between a sore throat and strep throat.

Not all sore throats are strep throats. Most sore throats, which often come with a runny nose, cough and hoarseness, are caused by viruses and usually clear up on their …Continue reading →

How parents can help children avoid scald burns

How parents can help children avoid scald burnsBrrrr — it’s cold out there. It’s February in Wisconsin, and I expect this weather, but I have to admit, it’s starting to wear me down. I’ve been trying different things to keep warm, like hot chocolate, or my favorite comfort food, macaroni and cheese. And there’s nothing like a hot shower after shoveling snow!

As a nurse in the Burn Program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, I want you to know that serious scald burns can be caused by wet heat, like steam or boiling water. Sadly, I’m …Continue reading →

My experience as a nurse and the parent of a sick child


7-year-old Elliot

I was a nurse at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for almost 10 years before I truly understood what it’s like to be “on the other side.” Yes, that’s what we call it.

It’s much easier being a nurse for a patient than it is being the parent of a patient. When we leave the hospital, our life gets back to normal. A parent does not get that same luxury.

This is an amazing place, filled with amazing people, but as a nurse I never wanted to be one of the parents on the other …Continue reading →

Swallowing tiny magnets: A big concern for children

Swallowing tiny magnets: A big concern for childrenPowerful, rare-earth (neodymium) magnets can cause serious injury and death if swallowed. They are up to ten times more powerful than traditional magnets and attract each other even if they are in different areas of the digestive system.

In the past, swallowed magnets generally could be treated with a wait-and-see approach, relying on them to pass without incident. With the proliferation of these small rare-earth …Continue reading →