Parenting & Safety

7 tips for choosing safe kids’ holiday gifts

A trip to the toy aisle of any store can be daunting, especially if you don’t have kids of your own. If you’ll be purchasing gifts for children this year, there are ways you can ensure you make safe, age-appropriate choices. Erika Janes, R.N., coordinator of Safe Kids Louisville, a program led by the Children’s Hospital Foundation Office of Child Advocacy of Kosair Children’s Hospital, offers these seven tips:

When cancer strikes the youngest

Kyle had a golf ball-size lump on his lower left leg. The nurses and doctors quickly realized he needed to be seen by a specialist. Before Erin even had a chance to bond with her new baby, he was transported by ambulance to the neonatal intensive care unit at Kosair Children’s Hospital.

Once he arrived, Kyle underwent a battery of tests. “He was so upset in those first few days, as the tests often interfered with his normal feeding schedule,” Erin said.

A look back at our first Cart Wheels kid

As the very first patient featured on the cover of Cart Wheels 10 years ago, Nolan Roberts is an example of the hope and miracles that are performed at Kosair Children’s Hospital every day.

At just 15 months old, Nolan was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of cancerous tumor that had developed on one of his kidneys. Neuroblastoma is the most common cancer in infancy and accounts for approximately 650 new cases of childhood cancer diagnosed each year in the United States.

Concussions: Fact vs. fiction

With many high school athletes back on the field for the fall sports season, the dreaded c-word is weighing on the minds of coaches, parents and doctors: concussions.

Our physicians at Norton Healthcare continue to discover new ways to study, prevent and treat concussions. Still, even with this evolving knowledge, there are many myths about concussions that exist among the general public.

Tad Seifert, M.D., director of the Sports Concussion Program for Norton Healthcare and neurologist with Norton Neuroscience Institute, is working to dispel these myths.

Are you enriching or overscheduling your child’s life?

Many families today are operating on a “hyper-schedule,” as parents seek to give their children great opportunities and a variety of experiences inside and outside of school.

As a result, children are more stressed, family time suffers, and parents struggle with emotional conflicts, financial costs and the pressure of juggling their children’s multiple activities. Too much activity can leave children too tired for homework and unable to use their limited free time wisely.

5 ways babies benefit from music

You’ve probably heard at some point that playing Mozart loudly during your pregnancy will make your baby more intelligent or perhaps have more refined taste when she is older. While there is not a lot of research to support this, it is true that infants are drawn to music and can benefit from exposure to music. Hearing is one of the first senses to develop during gestation, and newborns prefer their mother’s voice just after birth.