From inspirational patient stories to the health advice of our pediatric experts, our YouTube channel has received more than 1.4 million views in 2023 from children and their families throughout northeast Ohio … and the world. We invite to grab a bowl of popcorn and sit back as you enjoy this list of our 10 most-watched videos for the year.
1. Sleep Terrors – Jamie Travis, PhD, a pediatric psychologist at Akron Children’s, says sleep terrors are developmentally appropriate in children and best handled monitoring the child until the terrors have passed.
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3. Sleepwalking – Jamie Travis, PhD, a pediatric psychologist at Akron Children’s, says it’s best not to wake up a sleep walking child. She suggests gently guiding them back to bed and waiting a moment or two to make sure they stay.
4. Emmie Wanzer flexes her robotic arm – Paralyzed from the neck down at age 2 with transverse myelitis, Emmie hasn’t let that stop her from living her life to the fullest. The recent addition of a robotic arm allows her to hold her own drink, phone and certain foods, as well as shake hands, apply make-up and so much more.
5. Security guard at Akron Children’s looks to become police officer – Mason Collier, 19, completed a criminal justice program while still at Ellet High School (Akron) and is now working as a security guard at Akron Children’s as he works his way into a career in law enforcement with the Akron Police Department.
6. Kairo goes home! – Kairo was born at just 4lbs 4oz with gastroschisis, a condition that caused his intestines to grow on the outside of his body. After a few months of specialized care in the NICU, he is now a healthy 3-month-old.
7. Michaela begins her journey to weight-loss success – Michaela Riley, a 15-year-old from Akron, discusses her efforts to lose weight through the Akron Children’s Healthy Active Living program. To date, she is down 30 pounds.
8. Local boy first in Ohio to get promising new muscular dystrophy treatment – Kathryn Mosher, MD, director of the neuromuscular clinic at Akron Children’s, discusses Elevidys, a drug recently approved the the FDA that has had remarkable results in treating children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy like four-year-old Vinnie Demando.
9. Help kids and teens avoid the “tripledemic” this fall – Eric Robinette, MD, MPH, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Akron Children’s, discusses what parents could do to protect their children from COVID, RSV and the flu, including the latest vaccines available for each of these diseases.
10. Talking to your child about online porn – Katrina Hermetet, PhD, NCSP, Director, Division of Neurobehavioral Health at Akron Children’s, says open, safe communications with parents make it more likely teens will turn to mom and dad to discuss sensitive topics like viewing online porn.