Watch what happens when a pediatrician becomes a TV star for a day

I am a pediatrician, and I absolutely love what I do. Working with children and families, helping to keep children healthy and making them feel better is the best job I could have imagined. Being a doctor is something I have wanted to do for most of my life. But at one Continue reading →

Don’t let ticks and mosquitos bug your kids this summer

Don’t let ticks and mosquitos bug your kids this summerPeople aren’t the only ones who love being outside these days. Insects like ticks, mosquitos, and other creepy crawlies also enjoy getting outdoors when the weather is nice, and their favorite pastime is taking a bite (and some blood) out of unsuspecting humans.

It’s not just unsightly bumps and annoying itches that these bugs bring either. Globally Continue reading →

My visit to Riverside Elementary — the winning Driven to Better Health school

My visit to Riverside Elementary — the winning Driven to Better Health school

Donald Driver congratulated students at Riverside Elementary for winning this year’s Driven to Better Health school challenge.

On Friday, May 29, I had the pleasure of visiting Riverside Elementary School in Fond du Lac. We selected the students and teachers there as the grand-prize winners of the first Driven to Better Health challenge, thanks to their creative and effective approach to Continue reading →

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin speaks out in Washington, D.C., on behalf of our patients and families

Speaking out in Washington, D.C., on behalf of our patients and familiesChildren’s Hospital of Wisconsin is dedicated to advocating on behalf of our patients and families at the local, state and national level to positively impact legislation that affects the health of children and families in Wisconsin and nationwide.

Later this month, I will have the honor of visiting federal lawmakers in Washington, D.C., with Continue reading →

Overscheduled kids: How much is too much?

Overscheduled kids: How much is too much?Piano lessons, basketball practice, dance recitals, swim meets, chess club, football games, out-of-town baseball tournaments … these are all great activities that can contribute to a child living a healthy, active life. But how much is too much? And how harmful is too much?

The overscheduling of kids has been a heated topic over the years, with terms like “tiger mom,” “helicopter parent,” “mommy wars” and “free-range children” popping up to enflame Continue reading →

Why uncontrolled asthma can cause sleep problems in children

Why uncontrolled asthma can cause sleep problems in childrenSleep is a time to rest and replenish. Unfortunately, sleep is often considered a luxury these days, as there are so many activities that disrupt our sleep: that new TV show, one last peek at Facebook, a cool picture on Pinterest … wait, is that a video of a cat playing piano?

But some children often have health issues that disrupt their sleep. The Centers for Disease Continue reading →