Parenting

The value of free play: How to raise confident, comfortable kids

This article was written by Katie Vaughan and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine as part of a larger series on independence.  Free play constitutes any time when kids can use their imagination without constraints. Yet, when kids play on their own, parents often have a hard time not commenting. Though it may be difficult at first, try to simply notice what your kids do and refrain from making comments, even if … Read More

On screen: How to raise confident, comfortable kids

This article was written by Katie Vaughan and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine as part of a larger series on independence.  When it comes to kids and screens, today’s parents are entering uncharted territory. The very devices we use for education and productivity are the same ones we use for gaming, socializing and fretting about the latest news. Children and adults alike are more exposed to electronic devices now than ever … Read More

Dealing with anxiety: How to raise confident, comfortable kids

This article was written by Katie Vaughan and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine as part of a larger series on independence.  Would it surprise you to learn that anxiety disorders affect 25 percent of American teenagers? “Occasional anxiety and worry is normal; it helps us notice our environment and adjust our behavior,” says Dr. Kyle Johnson, child psychiatrist at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. “But when that worry causes distress or impairment and … Read More

Body image: How to raise confident, comfortable kids

This article was written by Katie Vaughan and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine as part of a larger series on independence.  When it comes to confidence, children and teens have a particularly difficult time overcoming issues with their bodies: acne, weight gain, developing later or earlier than peers, etc. “Adolescents experience dramatic physical changes at a time when their emotions are elevated and they’re extremely relationship-focused. It’s a lot to … Read More

2017 in review: Doernbecher’s top stories

We rounded up 10 of the most-read blog posts from 2017. Take a look to see if there are any that you missed! 1. ’13 Reasons Why’ poses risk to Oregon youth 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. This post originally … Read More

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

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

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

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