Archive for 2017

Baby in a box? What you need to know about safe infant sleep

Every day, 10 babies in the United States die from unsafe sleep. That’s more than the number of children who die from cancer. It is a staggering number, and one that is much higher than I ever though it would be. While it is unlikely that we’ll ever be able to get this number to zero, we do know a tremendous amount about how to protect babies from sleep-related death. As a pediatrician and a … Read More

Raising a reader in digital days: Comics galore!

Following up on his blog post about summer reading, Dr. Craigan Usher extols the benefits of reading comic books and makes some recommendations for families looking to dive into the world of comics. Connecting with (and through) comics For reluctant readers, comics (also called sequential art) can be read in bite-size pieces, rather than whole chapter meals. Because they’re less text dense, comics can be read in one sitting or over the course of a … Read More

Five ways to bring books back into your family’s summer

The benefits of early exposure to reading, of parents reading to their children, and kids being surrounded by books have been well-studied. Researchers emphasize that early reading stimulates important language centers and emotion recognition areas of the brain, specifically in the left temporal lobe. They also note that reading enhances academic performance, increases children’s confidence and inspires the life-long skill of curiosity. Hence, if your child is puzzled by a phrase you read together and … Read More

Four water safety tips everyone should know

Drowning occurs with shocking frequency. According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of preventable death in children ages 1-4 in the U.S., and it’s second only to motor vehicle crashes in preventable deaths for kids over 4 years. Sadly, the problem is getting worse over time, as drowning deaths in pools in children ages 5-9 have increased 18 percent in the last 10 years. In Portland, we are blessed with proximity to water, … Read More

Your scoliosis questions, answered

OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital provides team-based care and the latest techniques for children and teens. Our multidisciplinary spine team includes Dr. Scott Yang, Dr. Christina Sayama and Dr. Matthew Halsey. We sat down with Dr. Yang to ask him some frequently asked questions about scoliosis. What is scoliosis? Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine that occurs from a variety of potential causes. This can lead to a deformity of the trunk, and – only … Read More

“13 Reasons Why” poses risks to Oregon youth

Although a fictional story, the television series “13 Reasons Why” focuses on very real issues that affect youth and young adults. The show’s graphic depiction of the traumatic life events that led to the suicide of a young woman may have already adversely affected Oregon’s youth. Since its Netflix release in March 2017, multiple young people in Portland area hospitals have reported they watched the series prior to their own suicide attempt. While the series … Read More

Meeting Julia: Representing autism in the media

Beloved children’s television program “Sesame Street” recently welcomed a new Muppet on the air. The character’s name is Julia, and she has autism. We sat down with Lark Huang-Storms, Ph.D., to get her take on Julia’s addition to the cast and what this means for families in the autism community. As a mother and as a provider who cares for patients who have autism spectrum disorder, how important is it to you that “Sesame Street” … Read More

Doctors Day Q&A with Dr. Casey Seideman

In celebration of National Doctors Day (March 30, 2017), we sat down with Casey Seideman, M.D. A pediatric urologist, Dr. Seideman takes care of kids and young adults with diseases and disorders of urination, reproductive organs and/or testes. Below, Dr. Seideman tells us more about her career path and why she loves caring for kids and families at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. What does an average day look like for you? Every day is different, … Read More

Meet ‘Candlelighters for Children with Cancer’

This year, Candlelighters for Children with Cancer marks its 40th anniversary. Below, Candlelighters Executive Director Jackie Groah shares how the organization got started and who it serves. Candlelighters’ beginning  In 1977, five families who spent months living in OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital while caring for their children with cancer realized that there were few services that supported the whole family – their shared experiences helped shape our organization, which supports patients’ entire families. Candlelighters founder … Read More

Using your head

This article was written by Scott Henjum and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine. Your child doesn’t need to be a high school football star to be at risk of a concussion. Also called mild traumatic brain injuries, concussions can be caused by any serious impact to the head, most commonly during a high-contact sport, a fall or a bike or car accident. Jim Chesnutt, M.D., a sports medicine physician … Read More

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