Safety

Surviving when the crying won’t stop!

It’s the end of the day and you’re looking forward to sitting down and relaxing, if only for just a minute, when it begins … the crying. She doesn’t want to feed. She doesn’t need to be changed, and none of your regular tricks for soothing her are working. She just keeps crying. You are at your wits’ end, but the screaming continues. You have entered: “The Period of PURPLE Crying.” Infant crying typically starts to … Read More

Call to action: ‘Making America the best country in the world to be a child’

The horror of this past week is not easily understood. First holiday shoppers in our own community and then school children and teachers in Connecticut were victims of mass murder. The Newtown tragedy was particularly jarring to those of us who have dedicated our lives to caring for children and families. Through our daily work caring for seriously ill children at Doernbecher, we are accustomed to helping families through the pain and suffering that accompanies … Read More

Sunglasses in winter? Yes, protect your family all year long

As I was walking to the hospital this morning thinking about my next blog post, I realized that I had forgotten my sunglasses at home, and I needed them. Yes, it is November in Portland! So I thought I would write about sources of natural background radiation to which we are all exposed just by living here on Earth and how we can limit a child’s exposure to, or the long-term effects of, that exposure. Natural … Read More

During the holidays, a pediatrician’s thoughts turn to … injury prevention

The rain has started, it is dark at 5 p.m., and the leaves are falling. A young pediatrician’s thoughts turn, naturally, to … preventing injuries around the holidays. I think every pediatrician can tell you horror stories about bad things that happened to great families during the chaos of the holiday season. It is my job to help make sure that your family is as safe as possible. The Tom Sargent Children’s Safety Center at … Read More

Taking candy from strangers? How to keep Halloween fun and SAFE!

It seems like Mother Nature hit the autumn switch last week. We went abruptly from summer to fall in a very short time. Grown-up minds turn to raking leaves, driving to work in the dark, and the inevitable, interminable rain that is coming. Talk to any kid, however, and all they can think of is pumpkins and costumes and candy … oh my. Halloween can be a blast, but it is also a risky endeavor. … Read More

Pediatric Radiology: We’ve got the BASICS covered!

Just this week, the Image Gently campaign initiated “Back to Basics” on their website as a means to promote radiation protection. This is an exciting initiative to tell you about because there are lots of new resources now available to you, and we are learning too! Not only does the new website help you understand more about radiation dosing, but it provides information for radiologists and for the radiology and CT technologists that examine your child … Read More

Is your child safely riding to school?

How many vehicles pull up to the drop-off with a kindergartner or first-grader sitting in the front seat with only a seat belt? It’s time we do something. Oregon law requires all children younger than 8 sit in a booster seat unless the seat belt fits correctly. That means by law, every single kindergartner and first-grader, and most second-graders, should be using a booster seat. Is this what you see at the drop-off? As you will … Read More

Summer water safety

As the temperatures climb into the 90s and above, many of us will be heading out to our favorite swimming spots to cool down. Every warm weekend, however, it seems we hear tragic stories of drowning and other water related incidents. Here are some tips you can use to help protect your kids in the water. Water Safety at Home: Remember that for younger kids, water is always a risk. Toddlers are pretty top heavy, … Read More

The benefits and risks of medical imaging: What families should know

When caring for children, doctors work with the patient and parents to decide upon a course for medical treatment. In making treatment recommendations it is common for the doctor to outline the benefits and risks of medical therapy, and sometimes the risks of NOT receiving that medical therapy. Just like many other decisions in everyday life, medical decisions are made based on an analysis of the risks and benefits. In this post, I will provide … Read More

Q: My son’s backpack seems really heavy. What can I do to make sure it’s not hurting him?

A: While books and backpacks are an inevitable part of school days, carrying one shouldn’t hurt. A backpack should weigh no more than 10 percent to 20 percent of your child’s weight. For example, if your child weighs 50 pounds, the backpack should weigh no more than 10 pounds. The backpack’s straps should be wide enough so they don’t cut into your child’s shoulders, and the straps should be worn on both shoulders. The backpack should also … Read More

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