Parenting & Safety

Improving infants’ quality of life through music

The neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) at Kosair Children’s Hospital downtown and Norton Women’s & Kosair Children’s Hospital in St. Matthews offer music therapy for infants and their families.

This clinical and evidence-based health practice is very different from expressive therapy, which uses music along with art, massage, writing, drama and more to help patients and families express feelings and cope with emotions. NICU music therapy is used to achieve a variety of medical and developmental goals and improve the parent-infant bond.

Tips for happier kids (and parents)

Nearly three decades ago, my husband and I took our first newborn daughter home without any formal training on how to be good parents. I laugh now about how clueless we were.

I’m thankful, however, that through trial and error, help from our parents and prayers along the way, Paul and I raised two kind, compassionate, beautiful young women. I only wish I had known about someone like sociologist Christine Carter, Ph.D., when my kids were little.

Safe home for the holidays

The holiday season is widely acknowledged as “the most wonderful time of the year.” You can be sure your time is wonderful by taking some safety precautions in your home to avoid accidents.

Decorating is a big part of the holidays. When you’re hanging decorations or lights, be sure to use a safe ladder or step stool, even when you’re indoors. Don’t climb furniture, which can be unstable or wobbly. This will help prevent falls and broken bones or other injuries.

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.