Helping Sick Kids Get Their Magic Back

Helping Sick Kids Get Their Magic Back

There’s magic in the air in Chicago. Open Heart Magic, a local nonprofit organization, brings interactive bedside magic to children…

Creating Friendship and Combating Isolation

Creating Friendship and Combating Isolation

Friendship is essential for all of us. But during the pandemic, children with intellectual disabilities have needed friends more than…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: ADHD

Mayo Clinic Q&A: ADHD

High energy, lack of focus don’t necessarily mean child has ADHD DEAR MAYO CLINIC: As the mom of an elementary…

Healing the Hurt

Healing the Hurt

Chicago programs help young victims of trauma find their way forward “What happened to you?” Asking troubled children that question…

Managing the Highs and Lows

Managing the Highs and Lows

Families ride the roller-coaster of type 1 diabetes Managing type 1 diabetes is not easy — especially for kids. With…

Going Higher

Going Higher

Blood pressure problems among kids are rising High blood pressure is common in adults, and it’s also an increasing concern…

When to worry about your child’s fever

When to worry about your child’s fever

Fevers worry parents; they scare them sometimes. I understand why. After all, a fever can be a sign of something…

Pneumonia a leading cause of hospitalization for children

Pneumonia a leading cause of hospitalization for children

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Pneumonia puts thousands of young children in the hospital each year at…

Methods for taking a child’s temperature vary with age

Methods for taking a child’s temperature vary with age

Throughout the year, especially during flu season, the questions surrounding how to take a child’s temperature and how to treat…

The Kid’s Doctor: Not all earaches require antibiotics

By Sue Hubbard, M.D. Parents are so SICK of their children being SICK and I must agree … it is…

The Kid’s Doctor: Have your child’s blood pressure checked regularly

The Kid’s Doctor: Have your child’s blood pressure checked regularly

By Sue Hubbard, M.D., www.kidsdr.com When you take your child in for a check-up, does your pediatrician check the youngster’s…

Peanut Consumption in Infancy Could Prevent Peanut Allergies, Study Finds

Peanut Consumption in Infancy Could Prevent Peanut Allergies, Study Finds

By Heidi Kiec When it comes to preventing a peanut allergy, it might be best to fight fire with fire.…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Childhood vaccination schedule effective at preventing many serious diseases

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Childhood vaccination schedule effective at preventing many serious diseases

By Robert M. Jacobson, M.D., Tribune Content Agency DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Why do children need so many vaccines in their…

National Infant Immunization Week Special Report

National Infant Immunization Week Special Report

Photo courtesy of Chicago Department of Public Health The Measles Outbreak: Why It’s Back and What to Do By Carroll…

Combating Childhood Obesity Through Food

Combating Childhood Obesity Through Food

By Victoria Shanta Retelny, RDN, LDN Waistlines are expanding in the United States at every age. For the younger generation,…

Being Cared For

Being Cared For

Above photo: Daniel Johnson, MD, Comer Children’s Hospital at The University of Chicago Medicine Chicago boasts several nationally leading pediatric…

Navigating the airwaves of traveling with breast milk and prescriptions

Navigating the airwaves of traveling with breast milk and prescriptions

By Megy Karydes “Breast milk doesn’t taste very pleasant!” exclaims Adam Sommer, a travel writer based in St. Louis, Mo. OK,…

Scaredy Kids

Scaredy Kids

The trick to mastering a kid’s fear makes for a real treat By David Himmel One of my life’s crowning…

Deciphering Speech/Language Therapy

Deciphering Speech/Language Therapy

By Emily O’Brien Many people seek the services of speech/language therapists—some during early childhood and others well into their senior…

Prenatal Dangers

Prenatal Dangers

There are a lot of things that can go wrong during pregnancy, but doctors help reduce the risk by doing…

Biking Ahead for Safety

Biking Ahead for Safety

Tips for protecting your child’s head with the perfect-fitting bike helmetBy Nancy Maes Parents can’t just buy the bike helmet…

The Theater of Teeth

The Theater of Teeth

Delta Dental’s Land of Smiles Bolsters Oral Health Through Children’s TheaterBy Alex Lubischer Nate Ross loves his job. The 24-year-old…

Growing Up with Tragedies

Growing Up with Tragedies

Terribly violent storms, like the one witnessed in Oklahoma this week, can leave lasting damages much more permanent than a…

Camping with Food Allergies

Camping with Food Allergies

It’s no one’s favorite activity, but some kids have to face food allergies at summer camp By Nancy Maes Summertime…

The Equality Equation

The Equality Equation

LGBT equality takes another step forward with American Academy of Pediatrics endorsement of gay marriage By Patrick Kenney Last month’s…

A Perfect Match

A Perfect Match

LifeSource teams up with Blackhawks for blood/marrow drive By Alex Lubischer LifeSource, Chicagoland’s Blood Center, teamed up with the Chicago…

Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative announces major changes in Chicago

Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative announces major changes in Chicago

By Riley Andersen First lady Michelle Obama is kicking off the third year of her Let’s Move! initiative this week…

Living Too  Large

Living Too Large

A Look at the Chicago Childhood Obesity Epidemic By Morgan Lord When it comes to childhood obesity in Chicago, there’s…

A Perfect Baby Body

A Perfect Baby Body

New program helps women restore their bodies after childbirth By Morgan Lord Childbirth brings with it plenty of joys—unconditional love,…

The Cost of Nutrition

The Cost of Nutrition

School and community efforts help kids eat well on a budget For many families with school-aged children, the dreadful question…

Parental Advisory

Parental Advisory

Helping your kids cope with trauma in real life On July 20, a masked gunman entered a midnight showing of…

It’s Not About STDs.  It’s About Fighting Cancer.

It’s Not About STDs. It’s About Fighting Cancer.

How immunizing young girls—and boys—against the human papillomavirus can save lives. Odds are you’ve contracted, are carrying, or will be…

Caught In The Web

Caught In The Web

Video game and Internet addictions can damage lives It’s a sign of our wired times; it seems that we’re all…

Allergic Food Groups

Allergic Food Groups

Caring for a child with food allergies requires knowledge and avoidance of parental diagnosis Chicago mother Lourdes Craelius isn’t sure…

A Crash Course in Celiac Disease and Children

A Crash Course in Celiac Disease and Children

In children, the symptoms are many and varied: chronic diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, abdominal bloating, fatigue, growth problems and failure…

Health Mastery

Health Mastery

HPV and Males: Moms and Dads, Let’s Talk Before my son left for his freshman year at college, I, the…

Warning signs  of video game/Internet  addiction

Warning signs of video game/Internet addiction

1. Preoccupation with video games/Internet 2. Use of video games/Internet in increasing amounts of time in order to achieve satisfaction…

Less Touch Football

Less Touch Football

Pop Warner Limits Practice Contact for Youth Football Players Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. – the largest and oldest youth…

Uncovering Concussions

Uncovering Concussions

How They’re Changing Our Brains and the Game It’s nearly kickoff. Families and friends nationwide gather around the television and…

Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds

Meniscal transplant breathes life into athletic hopes of 16-year-old Lake Forest resident. On a warm afternoon this past July, Chet…

Drugging our Kids

Drugging our Kids

Will drugs cure ADHD, or are we overdosing? Who isn’t familiar with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD or ADHD)? Diagnoses increase…

Caring for Children with Food Allergies

Caring for Children with Food Allergies

Renee Frixen had experience with children and food-based allergies. As a teacher of a student with a peanut allergy, she…