Parenting

Bedtime basics

This article was written by Margaret Seiler and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2016 Kids’ Health Annual magazine. While anything from caffeine to a chronic illness to the excitement of household visitors can make it tough for kids to sleep, one of the most common sleep disruptors for children – and adults – is simply stress. “It’s when we’re stressed and hyperaroused, physiologically, that it’s hard to initiate sleep,” says Kyle P. Johnson, M.D., a … Read More

Triple threat: The lasting effects of the female athlete triad

This article was written by Carin Moonin and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2016 Kids’ Health Annual magazine.   The 1972 passage of Title IX, a federal law that prevents discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity, dramatically increased the number of female athletes. It also brought a new focus on issues specific to them. One was the female athlete triad, three disorders that tended to coincide in … Read More

Braylin’s Doernbecher story

When she was 8 years old, Braylin Soon was diagnosed with Autoimmune Hepatitis and underwent an emergency liver transplant. We sat down with her parents, Kevin and Delinah, to learn more about their daughter’s story and how the experience challenged and changed their entire family. May 2014 was a big month for the Soon family. Their oldest daughter, Braylin, was cast in a production of “Les Misérables.” Her older brother, Isaac, was finishing up his … Read More

Tricks for dealing with Halloween treats

Does the thought of Halloween candy sitting around your house have you feeling a bit spooked? You can still enjoy this festive holiday while minimizing – or even avoiding – the sweet temptations. Here are some tricks for dealing with the treats: Wait until the day of Halloween before purchasing candy to pass out. If that isn’t convenient, try waiting until the week of Halloween and keep the bags sealed and out of sight until the … 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

Healthy lunches for the whole family

Excited for your kids to go back to school but dreading the task of packing their lunch box? Packing a healthy lunch can be quick and easy once you master the elements of a balanced meal. As long as you have the basic groups represented, you can mix and match to quickly put together healthy lunches for your kiddos – and for yourself! What to include: Lean protein such as skinless poultry, fish/seafood, eggs, low-fat … Read More

Growing up at their own pace

This article was written by Carin Moonin and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2016 Kids’ Health Annual magazine. All kids aren’t on the same schedule – and that’s just fine. Puberty isn’t an easy time for anyone. And if a child is small or tall for his or her age, then it can be even more difficult. But when should parents be concerned about their child’s growth spurt – or lack thereof? If your child … Read More

Bends in the road

Below, Doernbecher dad Jerris Marr shares his family’s incredible journey – and invites you to help make a difference in the lives of other patients and families. Throughout life’s journey there are bends in the road that you never see coming. July 2007. During a family vacation, we noticed that our 4-year-old daughter Faith’s back was not bending as it should; she frequently complained of pain. At one point, when lightly wrestling with her brother, … Read More

With Pokémon, not everything’s a ‘go’

Do your kids have Pokémania? Parents have a lot of questions about Pokémon GO, the latest augmented reality gaming sensation. With some headlines touting the benefits of the game and others bemoaning its risks, it can be difficult to dispel what’s best for you and your kids. Below, OHSU Doernbecher Tom Sargent Safety Center Director Dr. Ben Hoffman shares some safety tips and considerations for kids and grown-ups alike. Be aware of physical boundaries One … Read More

‘Grass Strong:’ Andy’s Doernbecher story

In December 2014, a sneaker wave hit 10-year-old Andy Grass and his brothers while visiting Rockaway Beach, Ore. The boys jumped on a log to avoid the sneaker wave, but Andy fell and the log rolled on top of him, resulting in multiple serious injuries. Below, Andy’s dad, Paul, shares how Andy’s hospitalization and prolonged recovery affected their family – and how it continues to teach all of them strength, resilience and healing. *** Our … Read More

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