Creamy blueberry “fridge” oatmeal

mott blog - clv 2015 - blueberry oatmeal 1Get your kids dreaming about breakfast with this delicious breakfast treat they’ll start preparing the night before.


  • 1⁄3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1⁄3 cup plain yogurt (avoid vanilla or other flavored yogurts which often contain added sugars)
  • 1⁄3 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon chopped almonds, raw or toasted
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon honey or real maple syrup

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As easy as 1, 2, 3…

A fun activity to curb boredom all summer long

Banish boredom for your kids this summerHere’s a great solution to keep on hand for all those “I’m bored” or “I have nothing to do” moments of summer. It can also be a great after-dinner activity to do as a family.

We call them 1, 2, 3 activity bags, but you can also use jars, boxes, etc.

  1. Print out our printable activity slips sheet.  You can print as many copies of the sheet as you want to make enough slips to last you the summer.
  2. Cut out your activity slips and divide them into three piles, each with the same number of slips.
  3. Fill out each slip with a portion of an activity – everything in one pile should be an activity (draw a picture, take a photo, write a story, etc.). Everything in the 2nd pile should be a subject (an animal, a person, a fictional character). And everything in the 3rd pile is what the subject is doing (catching a fish, baking a cake, driving a car).  Use our suggested ideas (below), and/or come up with some of your own that might appeal to your family. Use characters and activities your kids enjoy.
  4. Place each pile in separate bags, boxes or jars to keep around for the summer.
  5. When your child is looking for something to do, have him or her pull out one slip from each bag/box.

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Changing Colors

Learn about nutrition with carnations and color!

CIY carnation activity

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A fun way to teach kids about how our body uses the nutrients we give it is with a simple experiment involving carnations and food coloring.

You’ll need several white carnations (as many as you’d like to experiment with), food coloring, water and a few vases.

The experiment

Fill the vases up about a quarter of the way with water. Add about 10 to 20 drops of food coloring and stir it into the water. Cut off about an inch from the bottom of the stem of the carnation and place it in the vase. Now we wait. You can fill several different vases with different coloring if you’d like.

Every few hours, check back on the carnation to see if anything has changed. You might want to have your child keep a small notebook of observations.

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Improving care for children with inflammatory bowel disease

C.S. Mott Children's Hospital IBD TeamChildren and young adults who have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) like Crohn’s disease, indeterminate colitis, or ulcerative colitis require careful and diligent medical management to minimize and prevent flare-ups of symptoms, complications, surgeries, and days spent in the hospital.

IBD is a challenging disease to have because right now there is no cure, and symptoms tend to wax and wane over time. For children especially, this can mean they look “normal” on the surface to their peers, but they may be struggling off and on with abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue that prevent them from participating in the activities they would like to pursue.  As a result, IBD can be uncomfortable, discouraging, and socially isolating.

IBD is relatively common, affecting about 1 million Americans; the majority of cases are diagnosed in people less than 30 years old. Here at the pediatric GI program at University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, we take care of approximately 500 children and young adults with inflammatory bowel disease.

Helping end a symptomatic flare of IBD and stay in remission can be a process of trial and error, but it is important to get right so children with IBD can live normal and healthy lives. We believe there is always room for improvement, and there’s so much more we want to know about how we can help manage pediatric IBD more effectively.

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Continuing the quest to understand food allergies

Generous gift from Weiser family to allow U-M to conduct groundbreaking research

Editor’s note: James R. Baker, Jr., M.D. is the director of the U-M Food Allergy Center, which is committed to providing comprehensive care for those with food allergies and their families.

Today we are proud to announce the renaming of our center to the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center following a generous $10 million gift from the Weiser family.

The Food Allergy Center will now share a name with a remarkable woman who has tirelessly served as a champion for those with food allergies. Mary is an Ann Arbor mother of two children with severe allergies and has become a nationally recognized advocate for children globally who suffer from food allergies.  What excites me about this gift is the amazing potential it has to advance our understanding of food allergies and to advance the work Mary has led in accelerating toward better treatments.

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Protecting our Littlest Victors

NICU celebrates 365+ days without a CLABSI

NICU central lineThere was a time when central line blood stream infections (CLABSI) were historically accepted as inevitable and the source of significant medical morbidity and costs.

Today, though, staff, patients and families at Mott are celebrating a remarkable achievement. Thanks to a focused team effort, the Nick and Chris Brandon Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital has gone more than one year without an infection.

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