It was a chilly November afternoon in 2017 and then 16-year-old Unique once again found herself in the Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. In fact, over the last few years of her life, Unique was going to the Emergency Department once or twice a month. Continue reading →
Kids are growing up in an increasingly digital world, with infants as young as 4 months being exposed to technology — but that isn’t just when the child is looking at a screen. As a pediatrician and a mom of teens, I encourage parents to be aware of their own use of electronics Continue reading →
Gabe played guard and center for his high school football team.
Gabe had always been a strong, healthy kid who rarely even caught a cold. At 5’10”, 240 lbs., he was a dedicated athlete who was excited to start his sophomore year playing offensive lineman for his high school football team. Between morning workouts in the weight room, afternoon football practice, and games for both the varsity and junior varsity teams, Gabe was exercising multiple times a day.
But as the fall of 2016 rolled on, the 16-year-old noticed that his bowel habits had changed. Continue reading →
From the shores of Lake Michigan to the far reaches of the globe, the name Herma is synonymous with heart. To put it plainly, the Herma Heart Institute is an international leader in congenital heart care. Continue reading →
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin BlogPosted on by Anita Braatz
3-year-old Avaya spent more than a month in the hospital due to complications from the flu.
January 19, 2018 was the scariest day of my life. That was the day that I thought I had lost my youngest child, Avaya, to the flu. As a mother of six children, none of whom had ever gotten a flu vaccination, I thought this was something that would never happen to my family. Then, it did, and it happened quickly. Continue reading →
There’s nothing better than spending quality time together as a family, whether it’s going for a walk, eating dinner together or just hanging out at home. What’s NOT fun is when the whole family is sick. One way to prevent that is to be sure kids and adults get the flu vaccine each year. Continue reading →
The teen years can be full of ups and downs. These feelings are normal as teens try out more adult behaviors and responsibilities, deal with growing expectations, and make the gradual transition to independence.