Pediatric Emergency? The Best Place for Your Little Patient

If a child has a sudden illness or injury, doctors can treat her in a place that Goldilocks would say is “just right” – a pediatric emergency department. Pediatric emergency departments are specially equipped for the unique emergency needs of infants, children and young adults. Well-equipped facilities use the latest technology and equipment to ensure … Read More

Individual Care Best for Young Cardiac Patients

A new study affirms that the long-standing practice of focusing on the individual and employing a multidisciplinary approach in treating children with pediatric hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) results in the best possible outcomes. Thick heart walls Children who have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle, have abnormally thick walls of the heart. Pediatric HCM … Read More

For Teens: Testicular Cancer Self-exams

While most men won’t get testicular cancer, it’s the most common cancer among young men ages 15-35. It’s also highly curable, especially when it’s caught early. That’s why it’s so important that boys and teens learn how to perform testicular self-exams (TSE) and do them regularly. “In pre-pubertal boys, any unusual tumors or growths we … Read More

Worried About a Child’s Weight?

Contributor: Sara Seither, MS, RD, LD If your child is overweight and you want to decrease his or her total calorie intake, consider not only what gets eaten at mealtime, but also what gets eaten in between. Parents also need to remember to monitor the fluids children drink. Before embarking on a reduced-calorie diet, consult … Read More

Chat With a Doctor: Early Childhood Nutrition

Register for Online Chat Do you have a question about early childhood nutrition? Pediatrician Mona Rifka, MD, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, will answer your questions about transitioning your child from liquids to solids during a live webchat Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at noon (ET). Get answers to your health questions and concerns. It’s easy to … Read More

Dangerous Magnet Ingestion

High-powered “rare earth” magnets are colorful, fun-to-fiddle-with desk toys for adults. They may also be found in jewelry and in children’s toys from several years ago. But they’re also highly dangerous when in the wrong hands — or mouths. Magnet ingestion rates in children have been on the rise due to the growing popularity of … Read More

Protect Babies from Household Germs

Cell phones, remote controls and electronic gizmos abound. They are convenient and entertain us in our spare time. But one thing you may not realize is how many germs these devices can harbor and how easily you can pass them to your baby. MaryEllen Storey, a registered nurse at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at … Read More

Pregnancy and Drinking: A New Study

How much alcohol is safe for pregnant women? “We still don’t know that threshold,” says Cleveland Clinic OB/GYN Rebecca Starck, MD. She was asked by to comment on a study published by Danish researchers earlier this year. The researchers published a series of papers in the BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology … Read More

Say Goodbye to Bottles and Sippy Cups (Video)

Getting your baby off the bottle can be difficult. The same can be said when it’s time to transition to a cup. Deb Lonzer, MD, a pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, says when it comes time to buck the bottle, or send the sippy cup packing, there are two ways to go about it. … Read More