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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

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

Laundry detergent packets: convenient or catastrophic?

If I could describe the emotion in one word surrounding my first pediatric ingestion admission, it would be fear. On all levels. We were admitting a 3-year-old male after he accidentally ingested a laundry detergent packet. There was fear of the complications, but most notable, there was fear of the unknown. The toxic effects of laundry packet ingestions at that time were minimally understood. This was a new phenomenon. And as a newly minted resident, … Read More

Marijuana safety

The Oregon Poison Center at OHSU has seen a significant increase in the number of reported marijuana exposures in the past three years. To help ensure the safety of all Oregonians, the poison center has developed the following safety recommendations around marijuana products: Keep marijuana products out of the reach of children In Oregon, the use of marijuana is legal for adults 21 and older. All marijuana products, medicinal or recreational, should be locked up … Read More

Preventing window falls: Tips to keep kids safe

Pediatricians often think of springtime as the beginning of “falling season.” Every year, 3,300 children younger than 6 fall from windows, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. Approximately eight of these falls will result in death. In support of National Window Safety Week — April 3 to 9 — the Tom Sargent Safety Center at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is sharing tips to prevent window falls: Install it. Screens are not strong enough to … Read More

After baby: Supporting new moms when days are full of tears

This piece originally appeared on the KinderCare blog. It’s shared here with their permission.  Most parents will name the day their baby arrived in the world as one of their very best days of their lives. But what if mom doesn’t feel overwhelmed with joy? What if she finds herself crying a few times a day? What if she just can’t find the energy to get out of bed? And what if all of this makes her feel she’s … 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

Getting home safely

After finishing up clinic on a Monday evening at about 5:30, I headed over to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription. As I passed through the drop-off circle on the way to the Physician’s Pavilion, I noted a new family wrestling with their car safety seat – the father pulling straps while the mother sat in the back with their newborn. I could see the frustration on both of their faces, exhausted from the … Read More

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

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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