Public Health

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

The vaccine low-down: Protecting your children against chickenpox, meningitis and more

This article was written by Katelyn Best and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine. From DTap to measles, mumps and rubella, the list of vaccinations children are advised to get can seem overwhelming. And with fears about side effects, allergic reactions and even autism on the wind, it might seem better to cut down on those shots or skip them altogether. But is that hesitation justified? In short, no. Dawn Nolt, … Read More

“13 Reasons Why” poses risks to Oregon youth

Although a fictional story, 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. Since its Netflix release in March 2017, multiple young people in Portland area hospitals have reported they watched the series prior to their own suicide attempt. While the series … 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

Big gains for the littlest babies

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is a special place ­­– full of challenges, innovative technology and, perhaps most importantly, hope. Ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in multiple pediatric specialties (including neonatology), OHSU Doernbecher has come a long way in the last 90 years. Below, we learn more about the first complete premature unit (or “preemie nursery,” as it was known at … 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

Let’s talk about gender

This article was written by Katie Vaughan and illustrated by Sol Linero. It originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2016 Kids’ Health Annual magazine.  When kids are bombarded with messages about how girls and boys should act, families can help cut through the noise with a conversation. With gender in the headlines – toy aisles ditching their pink and blue labels, the shocking pay gap for our Women’s World Cup champions, the evolution of Caitlyn Jenner … Read More

A day in the life of a Doernbecher doc

For the last 12 years, Dr. Judy Guzman has cared for OHSU Doernbecher patients with infectious diseases. She loves working with kids because of their optimism, and it’s safe to say our patients and families feel the same way about her. Affectionately known as “The Guz” among some patient families, Dr. Guzman is also involved in several projects aimed at decreasing hospitalized children’s risk of developing infections. This Doctors Day, we sat down with Dr. … Read More

All tied up with latching

Nothing compares to the excitement of being a new parent. The bond between a mother and her baby starts to form soon after birth, and it happens in many ways. Mothers have to assist their newborns in basic functions, including sleeping and eating. So when breastfeeding does not go as smoothly as had been expected, it can cause significant frustration in new parents. When discussing this issue, something that frequently comes up is whether or … Read More

A message from the Oregon Poison Center

In light of the recent arsenic and cadmium exposures in Southeast Portland, the Oregon Poison Center has the following message: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are working around the clock to respond to these exposures. We are urging concerned citizens to keep abreast with the latest information from the DEQ and the OHA: Click here to view the DEQ metal emissions website Click here to view the … Read More

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