Gastroenterology

Laundry detergent packets: convenient or catastrophic?

If I could describe the emotion in one word surrounding my first pediatric ingestion admission, it would be fear. On all levels. We were admitting a 3-year-old male after he accidentally ingested a laundry detergent packet. There was fear of the complications, but most notable, there was fear of the unknown. The toxic effects of laundry packet ingestions at that time were minimally understood. This was a new phenomenon. And as a newly minted resident, … Read More

Meet Dr. Maggie Stoeckel

We sat down with pediatric psychology fellow Maggie Stoeckel, Ph.D., to learn more about her role at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and how she and her team work together to help patients and families. What do you do at OHSU Doernbecher?  I’m completely embedded in the GI service and am available for all patients who have any kind of psychosocial needs. My primary role is working with kids that have chronic illnesses – the patients … Read More

Our lemonade experience: the Charles family’s story

When he grows up, Doernbecher Freestyle patient-designer John Charles wants to be a pro athlete. (His favorite athlete? Damian Lillard, of course). He enjoys being outside, hiking and spending time with his dog, Teagan. Though you wouldn’t guess it by looking at him, John was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease last year. Below, John’s parents, Tony and Mary Charles, explain how John’s journey has impacted their family. *** When your 9-year-old child becomes progressively ill, is not … Read More

My child is constipated. What can I do?

Constipation is common, especially in children, and can be caused by changes such as toilet training, stress, travel illness or the start of school. If your child is frequently constipated: 1) Provide a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and fiber. 2) Be sure your child drinks enough liquids daily to turn the urine clear or light yellow. 3) Plan daily toilet-sitting time for at least 5 to 10 minutes to help get things moving. … Read More

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