Every child is different: Don’t get caught up in milestone myths

Every child is different: Don’t get caught up in milestone mythsWe’ve all been there. Little Suzy down the street starts walking at 9 months, and your little Johnny is 10 months old and doesn’t even crawl. Everyone (especially Grandma!) is asking you, “What’s wrong with Johnny?!? Why isn’t he crawling?!” You can’t sleep at night, but your Continue reading →

New activities in Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! exhibit teach kids how to stay safe

New activities in Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! exhibit teach kids how to stay safeIf you’ve been to Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, chances are that you and your children have spent time exploring the giant board-game themed exhibit with the colorful path. The Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! exhibit, a partnership of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Kohl’s Cares, first opened to families in 2010, and Children’s Hospital of Continue reading →

How March of Dimes helped my family during our NICU stay

Charlotte was born weighing 1 pound, 4.5 ounces

Charlotte weighed 1 pound, 4.5 ounces at birth

Like all first-time parents, Rachel and I couldn’t wait to meet our baby daughter. But when Rachel’s pregnancy got cut short at 23 weeks and 5 days — without warning or any known cause — that joyful anticipation turned into an epic fight for our little girl’s life. Charlotte was born weighing 1 pound, 4.5 ounces, just shy of 1 foot long, and given a 30 percent chance of Continue reading →

5 questions to ask if your child needs an imaging exam

5 questions to ask if your child needs an imaging examYou 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 →

Don’t pass the salt: Most kids are consuming too much sodium

Don’t pass the salt: Most kids are consuming too much sodiumWhile most people fear the dreaded “sugar,” “added sugars” or “high fructose corn syrup” when looking at food or ingredient labels these days, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that 90 percent of U.S. kids 6-18 years old take in way too much salt. And there are pretty specific foods contributing to that high Continue reading →