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2014 in review: small patients, big stories.

It’s difficult to capture and share even a fraction of the amazing stories that happen every single day at OHSU Doernbecher – and you know what? This is a marvelous challenge to face. From technological advancements to a remarkable former Neonatal Intensive Care Unit patient’s lemonade stand fundraiser, we took a look back to see which stories had the greatest impact on you, our reader. Here’s what we learned: You care about kids’ health, happiness and safety … Read More

Sleep is awesome!

Sleep is awesome! Just like food and water, we need it for our physical and mental well-being. The problem is that many of us are not getting enough or good quality sleep on a regular basis. The goal of this post is to highlight some of the amazing things that happen during sleep and to stimulate the reader to think about making small changes in the daily routine that might have a big payoff. How … Read More

Healing the healer: OHSU Doernbecher physician-in-training launches “The Well Resident”

It is well-established that over the course of a doctor’s training, there is often not enough time in the day to do everything: cook, sleep, exercise, take care of patients, spend time with loved ones. In medical school, you’re in the classroom learning how to apply knowledge from the medical textbooks to the less scripted stories of patients. In residency, you are in the hospital more often than in your own home. To find work-life … Read More

Could your child have narcolepsy?

Victoria was 13 when she started experiencing unrelenting sleepiness. This was out of character for her and was confusing because she was getting the amount of sleep most kids her age need. She and her parents attributed the increased need for sleep to adolescence. They became much more concerned when she started falling to the ground unexpectedly. She was assessed twice in the emergency room for this problem and admitted to the hospital after the … Read More

Share a room with your baby, not a bed

Although sharing a bed with your infant can be common, sound research recommends against it. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends infants and their parents share a room, but not a bed. The AAP updated their policy statement on “Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths” in 2011 with specific recommendations that infants sleep on their own sleeping surface. Having an infant sleep in a crib or bassinet decreases the risk of SIDS … Read More

Bedwetting: You are not alone

Wetting the bed is a common problem for children. In fact, 15 percent of 5-year-olds wet the bed. Unfortunately, it is also an issue that we tend not to talk about outside our immediate families – if it is talked about at all. It is important for kids and their families to realize this is a common issue, usually there is not a medical reason, and it usually will stop on its own. First: No … Read More

Help your teenager be ‘smart’ about cell phone use at night

It is very hard to find a teenager who does not have a smart phone or a cell phone. There clearly are many benefits to having a personal phone. It connects teenagers to their parents and peers, they can use it to play music, watch videos, read books and to surf the Web. While these are important activities that enrich a teenager’s life experience, there can also be unintended consequences that affect sleep duration and … Read More

Q: My 8-year-old has trouble going to sleep. Is it OK to give him over-the-counter sleep medication? What about melatonin?

There is a growing amount of research demonstrating that adequate quality and quantity of sleep is closely related to improved health and behavioral outcomes in children. Getting enough sleep makes children healthier and parents happier. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends behavioral treatment for insomnia in children. Behavioral methods are quite effective. According to a recent review of behavioral methods to treat insomnia (SLEEP, Vol. 29, No. 10, 2006), more than 80 percent of children … Read More

Q: My child snores while sleeping. Should I be worried?

Snoring during sleep is fairly common in children. As many as 15 in 100 children will have some snoring during sleep. Just because snoring is common doesn’t mean that you never have to worry about it. Snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea, a more serious underlying problem that can affect your child’s physical and mental well-being. Sleep apnea refers to a narrowing of the throat during sleep and is associated with difficulties moving … Read More

Q: My son has slept until noon all summer. How will I ever get him up in time for school this fall?

During the month of August, I frequently see teenagers in the OHSU Doernbecher Pediatric Sleep Disorders Clinic who are sleeping routinely until noon or later. Their parents are understandably concerned about school soon starting, wondering how their child will suddenly start waking up substantially earlier come early September. Research has shown that teenagers are biologically prone to be “night owls,” and this tendency rears its head during the summer. The main reason this occurs is … Read More

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