Congratulations! You just had a baby! Simply put, your life will never be the same. I don’t think you can fully explain, or even really understand, what it is like to be a new mom until it happens to you. Having a baby is a game changer.
The best new-baby card I ever got simply said, “And now … you know.” I didn’t know that I Continue reading →
Just like meeting homework deadlines and figuring out transportation to and from extracurricular activities, managing your child’s food allergies at school requires planning.
Food allergies affect 4-6 percent of children in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Incredibly, eight foods are responsible for 90 percent of all allergic Continue reading →
Of all the battles parents help their kids fight, the one against poor nutrition might be one of the most difficult.
Unhealthy choices are just about everywhere you look, including at school, unfortunately, in the form of high-fat lunches and sugar-laden vending machines. Making it worse is that bad food choices are often cheap and attached to some clever, almost irresistible marketing Continue reading →
At Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, one of our fundamental beliefs is that treating kids is different than treating adults, and that the best possible care only comes through specialized pediatric training.
Last week, I was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on this very subject that also featured my colleague, Amy Wagner, MD. Surgeons across the country joined together and Continue reading →
Your child’s been sneezing, wheezing, coughing and just doesn’t feel good. And with all the media attention surrounding Enterorvirus EV-D68, you may be even more on edge. You’re Continue reading →
3-year-old Lydia and Ronald McDonald joined patient families and guests in a ribbon cutting, followed by the first official walk across the new pedestrian sky bridge.
As we celebrate our 30th year of Ronald McDonald House serving families with critically ill or injured children, the completion of the pedestrian sky bridge over Watertown Plank Road signifies a great achievement. We celebrated the milestone with a ribbon cutting today.
Now we can offer a solution to our families for a safe and efficient way to cross Watertown Plank Road to and from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The bridge also represents the Continue reading →
Over the last few days, the news media have brought attention to the number of children across the country with respiratory illnesses, particularly Enterovirus EV-D68. Though we haven’t seen any cases of Enterovirus EV-D68 at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin so far this year, we continue to actively test for it.
We’ve seen an anticipated increase in respiratory illness over the last few weeks, both in our primary care clinics and in our emergency room. This is typical for this time of the Continue reading →
We are seeing a nationwide outbreak of hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) this summer, with more cases than in recent years. HFMD is a common infection in children. It usually causes sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands, feet or buttocks, sometimes Continue reading →
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 →
Many kids come home after school to empty houses, and for a new set of tweens, this school year will mark the first time they are allowed to do this.
As parents, we know once kids reach middle school they become more independent and responsible for making the right decisions to keep themselves safe. But how do you know Continue reading →