Inside one of the brains orchestrating “The Big Move”

This weekend, we will officially open the doors to the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital when we move our current patients from the old building to the new one, and begin accepting new patients through the doors of this state-of-the-art facility.  As we get ready for The Big Move, we stole a few moments from one of the busiest people involved in the move – our Medical Director, pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Chris Dickinson – to get a glimpse into what’s going on in his mind on the eve of this event that’s been years in the making.

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Kids Health 101: What you should know if your child is bitten

We’re kicking off a new series of videos tackling topics parents often ask doctors about. You’ll get straight answers to these “frequently asked questions” from our own pediatric specialists.

Our children’s emergency department is one place we’ll turn to for answers, as the doctors and nurses here specialize exclusively in providing emergency care for children – whether the need is a traumatic injury or a mild illness that can’t wait until your doctor’s normal business hours.

It’s important to turn to a pediatric emergency department when your child needs emergency care because the specialists here focus just on children, their special needs, the way illnesses present themselves differently in kids vs. adults, unique treatments that work better for their small bodies and developing systems, and – very importantly – the extra care and sensitivity they and their families need.

Without further ado…here’s Dr. Nicole Sroufe to fill us in on what parents’ need to know when their child is bitten.

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What parents should know before heading to the cider mill

By Stephanie Goodson, MD

Jared, Elizabeth and Sean Goodson at a local orchard

It’s a beloved tradition in my family to visit the cider mill or you-pick fruit orchard every fall. With the cool weather upon us, it’s always nice to get my three kids out for some fresh air, fun times and healthy, fruity treats.  We are fortunate to have so many orchards and farms close by here in southeast Michigan and it’s always such a pleasure to come home with bags full of goodies.   It is important for me to have plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables always available for my family.   I love seeing my three-year-old son open the crisper drawer of our refrigerator, grab an apple and declare that he picked “that one!”

While there are awesome benefits to visiting the cider mill or orchard – especially spending quality time with your family – there are also a few cautions you should be aware of.

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Protecting the student body by protecting students’ hearts

By Mark Russell, MD, Pediatric Cardiologist

As millions of kids hit the court, field and rink this fall sports season, a lot of media attention has been placed on the dangers of cardiac arrest and sudden death among student athletes.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. If this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. If not treated within minutes, it can be fatal.

Unfortunately, sudden cardiac arrest and even sudden death can happen in a seemingly healthy child. It is a rare and tragic event that sends shock waves through the community and inspires the almost unanswerable questions of “Why?” and “What could have been done to prevent this?”

The good news is that there are a number of ways to minimize how often these events will happen.

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Getting serious about getting back to school

Tips for helping your family tackle “back to school” with ease, from pediatrician Stephanie Goodson

Last night, as I negotiated the terms of bedtime with my fourth grader (who has managed to push his bedtime back by almost an hour and a half over the course of the summer) I had a moment of panic when I realized the school year, and the early mornings that accompany it, were almost upon us. 

No longer will I be able to give into his pleas for one more TV show, book or snuggle session. Unless I was prepared to handle the crankiness of a sleep-deprived kid come the first week of school, I was going to have to get serious.

Unfortunately, it’s time to face the facts. Summer is winding down and it’s time to prepare our kids for the beginning of the school year. 

As a pediatrician, I know that preparation is key for making sure kids start the school year right, but just like any mom, I, too, struggle to make sure both me and my three kids have all the tools needed to tackle the school year with ease. 

I thought I would share some tips that make it easier for my family to snap into the school-year mindset. 

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Not the easy way out

By James D. Geiger, MD

Childhood obesity is such a serious issue that First Lady Michelle Obama launched her Let’s Move campaign. While the campaign is doing a great job of drawing attention to the issue and encouraging children and teenagers to be more active, for many severely obese adolescents, getting up and moving is not the only answer. But, is weight-loss surgery the right answer?

Here at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Pediatric Comprehensive Weight Management Center, we’ve always taken a comprehensive approach to treating childhood obesity. Our MPOWER (Michigan Pediatric Outpatient Weight Evaluation & Reduction) program brings together a team of healthcare providers (physicians, dietitian, psychologist, social worker, exercise physiologist and physician assistant) to evaluate and treat obese adolescents.

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