Believe it or not, now is the best time for student athletes to get their physicals for the fall sports season. That way, if a medical issue is discovered that needs to be addressed — and 15% to 20% of the time one is found — it gives providers plenty of time to address it […]
Has COVID-19 become the new modern-day cooties?
COVID-19 has taken the world by storm and has disrupted our lives as we knew it. For kids, their activities being cancelled or severely modified, mask wearing and social distancing has left some feeling scared, anxious or at the very least unhappy. Stress and uncertainty can lead to unpleasant effects, such as stigma about certain […]
5 most pressing questions from new parents
Bringing a baby into the world can bring joy, but during a global pandemic, it can also bring a lot of questions. Long-time pediatrician, Arthur Lavin, MD, FAAP, of Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics, Beachwood, breaks down new parents’ most pressing questions to help calm fears and ease worries. Is my baby’s development on track? Every […]
6 Things parents are asking about omicron
The omicron surge has created more questions than answers, especially for parents as they try to navigate ever-changing health advice. Dr. Rob McGregor, chief medical officer at Akron Children’s Hospital answers some common questions about the omicron variant and children. Why is the omicron variant affecting more children than the previous variants? More children have […]
Is it necessary to get this year’s flu shot? Find out why docs say absolutely.
Cases documented during last year’s flu season were the lowest in recorded history — by a wide margin. Medical professionals alike have never seen anything like it. Last winter, mandates were enforced to help stop the spread of COVID-19: from masks and social distancing to virtual school to cancelled large events. An unforeseen positive side […]
5 Tips for managing kids’ COVID-related anxiety when re-entering public spaces
As young people return to public spaces and social situations, an Akron Children’s Hospital child psychiatrist cautions parents and caregivers to be mindful of new stressors that trigger anxiety-related responses. “With any age child, the anxiety can present with undesired behaviors, including significant tantrums,” said Dr. Laura Markley, medical director, Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry. “It is important […]