Babies

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

Spring forward, fall back: time change tips

Adjusting to a new sleep schedule can be tricky, but a little help and a few days of preparation can make all the difference. Elizabeth Super, M.D., pediatrician and children’s sleep specialist with the Pediatric Sleep Medicine Program at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, provides some tips to make sleep transitions easier on the whole family.   Establish a routine Bedtime and wake-time routines help anchor a child’s day and reduce anxiety. In the evening: Keep … Read More

2016 in review: Doernbecher’s top stories

Safety first! Tips and tricks to keep kids safe and healthy reigned supreme on our blog this year – from Pokémon GO to laundry detergent packets. At OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, we are committed to giving parents and caregivers the resources they need to make informed decisions about their children’s well-being. Here are this year’s most-read blog posts. Enjoy! 1. Laundry detergent packets: convenient or catastrophic? Ever since laundry packets were introduced to the U.S. … Read More

Safe sleep tips

I remember running into the Emergency Room and seeing nothing but tears: tears from the nurses and staff, tears from a distraught mother, and then tears clouding my own vision when I saw the lifeless form of the 6-month-old boy. I was as close with his family as I had been with any family as their pediatrician. I was present at his birth, provided his well-child care and cared for his sister through an illness … Read More

Big gains for the littlest babies

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is a special place ­­– full of challenges, innovative technology and, perhaps most importantly, hope. Ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in multiple pediatric specialties (including neonatology), OHSU Doernbecher has come a long way in the last 90 years. Below, we learn more about the first complete premature unit (or “preemie nursery,” as it was known at … Read More

Is rice cereal safe for your child?

A study conducted by researchers at Dartmouth published in JAMA Pediatrics found that infants who consume increased amounts of rice cereals and foods containing rice have higher levels of urinary arsenic. Arsenic exposure is associated with an increased risk of neurocognitive problems in children. In light of these recent findings, what are parents to think? The FDA has just proposed new guidelines on the allowable amounts of arsenic in rice cereal that is parallel to … Read More

Swimming in the NICU

The moment your child is admitted to the NICU, your life changes. Below, Megan explains how she stayed afloat in the NICU and shares some tips for other families who aren’t sure who or how to ask for help. *** The birth of our youngest son on June 20, 2014, marked the beginning of a 3-month stay at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Although a prenatal diagnosis meant we were expecting a stay in the NICU, … Read More

Hemangiomas: What parents need to know

As their infant grows and matures, many parents will experience and express concern about birthmarks. Up to 20 percent of Caucasian babies will have vascular birthmarks. The most common type is the infantile hemangioma, also known as “strawberry hemangioma.” Hemangiomas are benign vascular proliferations that tend to appear in the infant’s first week of life as a faint red stain or patch. Over the next several weeks to months, the hemangioma undergoes a rapid proliferation … Read More

All tied up with latching

Nothing compares to the excitement of being a new parent. The bond between a mother and her baby starts to form soon after birth, and it happens in many ways. Mothers have to assist their newborns in basic functions, including sleeping and eating. So when breastfeeding does not go as smoothly as had been expected, it can cause significant frustration in new parents. When discussing this issue, something that frequently comes up is whether or … Read More

After baby: Supporting new moms when days are full of tears

This piece originally appeared on the KinderCare blog. It’s shared here with their permission.  Most parents will name the day their baby arrived in the world as one of their very best days of their lives. But what if mom doesn’t feel overwhelmed with joy? What if she finds herself crying a few times a day? What if she just can’t find the energy to get out of bed? And what if all of this makes her feel she’s … Read More

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