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Fall safety tips from OHSU Doernbecher and the Oregon Poison Center

As colorful leaves fall from the trees and the air turns cool and crisp, it’s important to remember that the fall season can pose some safety risks. We asked the Oregon Poison Center at Oregon Health & Science University and the Doernbecher Tom Sargent Children’s Safety Center for tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this autumn. Have a safe Halloween Talk to your child about the difference between reality and make-believe. The scarier aspects … Read More

Monsters under the bed: Banishing bedtime fears

The Dr. Super Sleep Series is written in collaboration with KinderCare. KinderCare believes that early childhood education creates brighter futures. They are the largest provider of early childhood education in the nation and they are passionate about creating a world of learning, joy and adventure for more than 169,000 children every day. For more parenting resources, crafts, learning activities and family fun, visit their blog. While it’s wonderful that children’s imaginations can make the ordinary … Read More

Isaiah’s Doernbecher story

Last year, Isaiah’s Neumayer-Grubb’s family discovered that he had a brain tumor that would need to be surgically removed. We sat down with his mom, Melissa, to learn more about Isaiah and his Doernbecher story. How would you describe Isaiah? He’s a charismatic little guy who makes friends wherever he goes. He shines at everything he does and loves to stay active. Isaiah walks into a room and you can feel his presence – he … Read More

A letter from one ‘well child’ to another

A few weeks ago, pediatric resident Dr. Antwon Chavis wrote a blog post called “11 things your ‘well child’ wants you to know.” This week, he’s back with a letter for all the other ‘well children’ out there.  Hey there, My name is Antwon. I heard you’re the sibling to a child with special needs, like I am. I wanted to write you a letter explaining why I think you’re amazing, and how lucky I … Read More

How to talk to your kids about tragedy

How can parents and guardians best help kids understand and process tragedy? What does a “normal” reaction look like? Below, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Child Psychiatrist Ajit Jetmalani, M.D., provides guidance for families in the days and weeks following a high-profile disaster or tragedy. Parents should be aware of their own reactions to these tragedies and attempt to refrain from alarming their children through verbal or non-verbal cues. Children often become concerned about their own safety … Read More

Six strategies to improve your baby’s sleep skills

The Dr. Super Sleep Series is written in collaboration with KinderCare. KinderCare believes that early childhood education creates brighter futures. They are the largest provider of early childhood education in the nation and they are passionate about creating a world of learning, joy and adventure for more than 169,000 children every day. For more parenting resources, crafts, learning activities and family fun, visit their blog.  It’s 2 a.m. and little Quinn is wide awake and … Read More

What is your baby’s ‘sleep temperament?’

The Dr. Super Sleep Series is written in collaboration with KinderCare. KinderCare believes that early childhood education creates brighter futures. They are the largest provider of early childhood education in the nation and they are passionate about creating a world of learning, joy and adventure for more than 169,000 children every day. For more parenting resources, crafts, learning activities and family fun, visit their blog.  From the moment he or she is born, a baby’s … Read More

Healthy eyes: Six vision tips for kids and parents

When should kids receive their first vision screening?  The first screening is actually done when a baby is born as part of their newborn check up. Additional vision and eye health assessments are done with each subsequent primary care evaluation throughout childhood. When a child is old enough to provide information about their eyesight at pediatric appointments, about age 3 to 5, a visual acuity assessment should be performed. Oregon passed a law last year mandating … Read More

Dietary treatments for epilepsy: Which diet is the right fit for your child?

Jane Riebold, M.S., R.D. ’15, is a newly-minted alumna of the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition in the OHSU School of Medicine. Jane will be attending the prestigious Boston Children’s Hospital Pediatric Clinical Nutrition Fellowship to complete further training in nutritional treatments for childhood disease. Below, she shares a brief guide to the different types of dietary therapy for epilepsy. *** There are about 750,000 children in the United States who are living with epilepsy, … Read More

Get smart, stay safe: a back-to-school checklist

Lunchbox? Check. School supplies purchased? Check. Perfect first-day-of-school outfit planned? Check. Back-to-school season is, once again, upon us. Below, we share a few important health and safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Dr. Ben Hoffman, director of our Tom Sargent Children’s Safety Center. Add these to your back-to-school list! Update your child’s vaccinations: Oregon state law requires immunization records for children attending public and private schools, preschools, childcare facilities and Head Start … Read More

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