Parenting

Meeting Julia: Representing autism in the media

Beloved children’s television program “Sesame Street” recently welcomed a new Muppet on the air. The character’s name is Julia, and she has autism. We sat down with Lark Huang-Storms, Ph.D., to get her take on Julia’s addition to the cast and what this means for families in the autism community. As a mother and as a provider who cares for patients who have autism spectrum disorder, how important is it to you that “Sesame Street” … Read More

Meet ‘Candlelighters for Children with Cancer’

This year, Candlelighters for Children with Cancer marks its 40th anniversary. Below, Candlelighters Executive Director Jackie Groah shares how the organization got started and who it serves. Candlelighters’ beginning  In 1977, five families who spent months living in OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital while caring for their children with cancer realized that there were few services that supported the whole family – their shared experiences helped shape our organization, which supports patients’ entire families. Candlelighters founder … Read More

Using your head

This article was written by Scott Henjum and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine. Your child doesn’t need to be a high school football star to be at risk of a concussion. Also called mild traumatic brain injuries, concussions can be caused by any serious impact to the head, most commonly during a high-contact sport, a fall or a bike or car accident. Jim Chesnutt, M.D., a sports medicine physician … 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

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

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