Archive for 2017

Five ways to help prevent eczema this winter

We’re having a beautiful fall this year! In true Oregon style, our weather went from warm and dry to cold and rainy. The cold weather brings changes to our daily lives. Inside, we’ve turned the heaters on, which dries out the air. At school, our children go from outside recess to indoor heated classrooms throughout the day. While we can adjust to the fast-changing weather, we sometimes forget our skin needs help to catch up. … Read More

2017 Gifts for good

Looking for a way to support OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital this holiday season? First of all – thank you! We put together a list of ways you can help that will directly benefit patients and families at our hospital. We invite you to consider the items below as you finish up your holiday shopping to make your gifts count! Vote for OHSU Doernbecher …to win up to $15,000 from First Tech Fed in their Season … Read More

The power of immunization

I am a millennial, and as a member of the generation that includes the children of baby boomers, I’ve been spoiled. Our generation hasn’t seen the kids wearing braces as a result of polio. We haven’t seen the devastating neurologic effects of a measles infection. We’ve been spared the agony of watching haemophilus influenza B (HIB) meningitis drain the life out of a child. We haven’t seen these diseases, and we forget how lucky we … Read More

Demystifying headaches: Kids suffer from migraines, too

This article was written by Scott Henjum and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine. Like adults, children can suffer from migraine headaches.  “Migraines are the leading cause of recurring headaches in kids,” says Dr. Yoon-Jae Cho, a pediatric neurologist at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. “There are signs and symptoms of migraine headaches that differentiate them from other types of headaches. These include aversion to bright lights and loud noises, nausea … Read More

Matters of the heart

This article was written by Scott Henjum and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine. To test or not to test?  Parents of teen athletes face this question every year as they debate whether to sign up their children for heart screenings along with pre-season physical exams. Also known as electrocardiograms, EKGs measure the electrical activity of the heart in order to identify heart defects, but results are rarely conclusive. The number … Read More

A “magic” approach to scoliosis

This article was written by Allison Jones and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine. Early detection and new treatment methods help doctors treat the spinal condition using magnets – and fewer surgeries.  Some curves in life are great – the curve on a mountain road that leads to a great view, or curveballs from a star baseball pitcher – while other curves, like a spine that bends from side to side, … Read More

How to beat bedwetting

This article was written by Scott Henjum and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine. First, the good news: Most kids grow out of it.  If your child can’t seem to stop wetting the bed, it may reassure you to know that bedwetting is not typically a medical problem, and usually resolves with time. Even more reassuringly, there are a number of effective therapies to help your child transition to dry nights. … Read More

Lice do’s and don’ts

This article was written by Allison Jones and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine. Six tips for treating the itchiest of childhood problems from OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital pediatrician Dr. Ellen Stevenson. DON’T share combs, brushes, hats, ribbons or barrettes. Beware the dress-up corner! Avoid sharing capes, hats, dresses and coats if there are lice in the classroom. DON’T keep information to yourself. The evidence is clear – getting head lice … Read More

The vaccine low-down: Protecting your children against chickenpox, meningitis and more

This article was written by Katelyn Best and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine. From DTap to measles, mumps and rubella, the list of vaccinations children are advised to get can seem overwhelming. And with fears about side effects, allergic reactions and even autism on the wind, it might seem better to cut down on those shots or skip them altogether. But is that hesitation justified? In short, no. Dawn Nolt, … Read More

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

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