Safety

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

Improving the safety of medical imaging in children

Pediatric radiologists at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital consult with pediatricians, surgeons and other referring physicians to decide whether CT, radiograph (X-Ray), and/or fluoroscopy (angiogram) examinations are the best option for imaging a child in need of diagnostic radiology services. These imaging exams: Provide an intimate look at a child’s anatomy and sometimes their physiology. Allow diagnosis of diseases and injuries, as well as normal anatomy. Deliver ionizing radiation to the patient in order create these … Read More

Babies should ALWAYS sleep on their backs

As a new parent, you may have difficulty fending off newborn sleep advice from grandparents and friends. On top of advice, there seems to be a dizzying array of infant sleep products on the market. At OHSU Doernbecher, we recommend families adhere to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines and place babies on their back for every sleep to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Babies who sleep on their stomachs are much … Read More

Protect your family from sunburns!

With temperatures in the 80s, summer must be here! Gone are the grey clouds that keep us moist and protect us from the sun, but one of the biggest reasons we love living in Portland are the beautiful, long summer days. Do you have to live in fear of the bright yellow sun? Definitely not; get out there and play, but protect yourself and your family from sunburns. Your best bet to keep kids from burning is … Read More

Hydrocephalus shunts ‘ terrific advances’ when safely, properly used

Keep toy magnets, tablet computers, electronic devices with magnetic fields away from a programmable shunt   In 1955 a child with severe spina bifida and hydrocephalus, or water on the brain, was born to John W. Holter, a toolmaker in Stamford, Conn., and his wife. Charles Casey Holter, like other children at the time, did not survive this severe congenital disorder. His condition, however, prompted his father to invent the first hydrocephalus shunt valve, allowing … Read More

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