Help your kids fuel up for activity

Posted on June 18, 2016

With school out for the summer, your kids are gearing up for days filled with playtime. Steer them away from the video games and into the Great Outdoors — but first, make sure they’re fueled up and ready to go! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends kids get at least 60 minutes of physical activity … »


Making sense of prematurity in the South

Posted on June 16, 2016

Would it surprise you to learn that the United States’ rate of premature birth is higher than that of most high-income countries? One in 10 American babies are born too soon, accounting for about 380,000 births each year. According to the March of Dimes, a premature birth is one that occurs before 37 weeks gestation. … »


Top benefits of a children’s hospital, part 4

Posted on June 13, 2016

The habits of good health start in childhood. Children’s hospitals play an important role in ensuring kids have access to the preventive care they need to get started on the right foot. Health is about more than visits to the doctor to take care of illnesses or injuries. In fact, good health is a mindset … »


Top benefits of a children’s hospital, part 3

Posted on June 6, 2016

Temper tantrums. Fears about the monster under the bed. Tears over getting a shot at the doctor’s office. Anyone with a little one is familiar with these emotions. Those are just everyday emotions. When children are injured or facing an illness, they likely don’t understand what’s happening and fears are even bigger. That’s where the … »


Top benefits of a children’s hospital, part 2

Posted on May 30, 2016

Children aren’t just little adults — they have unique needs. Children’s hospitals know how to care for those needs. Even as recently as decades ago, the protocol for treating medical conditions was the same for all patients, regardless of age. In the past few decades, however, research has provided insight into how different the medical … »


Achoo! Making sense of your child’s allergies and asthma

Posted on May 24, 2016

This month is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. How much do you know about these two conditions common among kids? The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology estimates that more than 7 million kids have asthma, while 8.4 percent of all American kids have allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever. Understanding allergies … »


Top benefits of a children’s hospital, part 1

Posted on May 17, 2016

When your child is injured or not feeling well, you logically want specialized care to meet his or her health needs. Where can you find that care? At Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. Children’s hospitals offer a variety of benefits to communities and the children within them. Over the next few weeks, we’ll share five ways … »


The 411 on the dangers of detergent pods

Posted on May 15, 2016

Candy or detergent pod? To a little one, they may seem no different — and that’s where the danger lies. Laundry and dishwasher detergent packets hit the market several years ago. With their compact size and handy packaging, they’re marketed as convenient and easy. But recent research found that they’re also a danger for young … »


Uncovering food allergies

Posted on May 10, 2016

When it comes to food allergies, 90 percent of all allergic reactions are caused by eight foods. And as it turns out, all eight of those foods are prominent fixtures in southern cuisine. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), food allergies impact between 4 and 6 percent of children in … »


A day in Child Life

Posted on March 31, 2016

When visiting Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, it doesn’t take long to recognize how invaluable Child Life Specialists are. They’re in every area of the hospital, donning their pink and black uniforms, and spreading joy at every opportunity. What is a Child Life Specialist? The field of “child life” began more than 50 years ago at … »


Coping with your child’s bed-wetting

Posted on March 24, 2016

Is your child struggling with bed-wetting? With the right approach, you can help him or her overcome this stumbling block.  In children, urinary incontinence (UI) — or the loss of bladder control —most often occurs in the form of bed-wetting. While bed-wetting is not considered a serious medical condition, it can cause a child significant … »


Bariatric surgery paved the way to Ironman

Posted on February 22, 2016

In 2008, Robert Starnes reached a turning point. The 45-year-old law enforcement officer didn’t like the fact that his body had grown to 425 pounds. He also didn’t like that he’d become inactive and was starting to experience the same health problems that had plagued his parents. Then, that same year, Starnes’ daughter unexpectedly died … »


Get active and stay healthy

Posted on February 11, 2016

Between work, school, and family obligations, people from all walks of life find it difficult to get enough exercise. But research shows that physical activity can help you live longer, feel better, and improve your overall health and fitness. Physical activity builds muscle strength and endurance which can improve your ability to complete the tasks … »


4 Tips for Training in Cold Weather

Posted on January 26, 2016

Cold temperatures can make an outdoor workout invigorating — especially after the heat and humidity of summer. Although that burst of cold air may energize you, it can be risky if you’re not properly prepared. Follow these tips from Dr. Brandon Cincere of UT Erlanger Orthopaedics to ensure your next winter excursion a pleasant one. … »


Protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning

Posted on January 15, 2016

Each year, the chilling winds of winter chase us back indoors to the comfort of our fireplaces and space heaters. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a significant risk to our health during this time of year. As we try to keep our families warm this winter, it’s good to be reminded of the safety challenges … »


A creative collaboration to fight cancer

Posted on December 17, 2015

Oncologists at Erlanger Health System are working to solve a riddle, and the answer is a matter of life and death. It’s estimated that only 5% of cancer cases in the U.S. are diagnosed in people between the ages of 15–39. So why does cancer remain the number one cause of death in adolescents and … »


Another ear infection? Explore treatment options for your child

Posted on December 11, 2015

Ear infections — most common during the winter months — are one of the leading reasons parents take children to the doctor’s office. Young children are more likely to get ear infections because the tubes inside the ear (known as the eustachian tubes) are smaller and flatter than in adults, allowing germs from the nose … »


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