2017 in review: Doernbecher’s top stories

We rounded up 10 of the most-read blog posts from 2017. Take a look to see if there are any that you missed!

1. ’13 Reasons Why’ poses risk to Oregon youth
The television series “13 Reasons Why” focuses on very real issues that affect youth and young adults. The show’s graphic depiction of the traumatic life events that led to the suicide of a young woman may have already adversely affected Oregon’s youth. This post originally ran as a guest opinion piece in The Oregonian and was written by Dr. Ajit Jetmalani and other contributors.

2. The healing power of art: CHAP at OHSU Doernbecher
Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP) has been spreading joy at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital for 10 years. We asked CHAP Lead Hospital Art Teacher Sharon Jaye Perrins to tell us more about CHAP’s mission and impact at OHSU Doernbecher.

3. Spring forward, fall back: time change tips
Adjusting to a new sleep schedule can be tricky, but a little help and a few days of preparation can make all the difference. Sleep expert Dr. Elizabeth Super provides some tips to make sleep transitions easier on the whole family.

4. Baby in a box? What you need to know about safe infant sleep
A quick Google search about infant sleep will yield a number of products that have not been evaluated or approved by the CPSC as safe. Tom Sargent Safety Center Medical Director Dr. Ben Hoffman shares his concerns about products that may be preying on the anxiety and exhaustion of parents and caregivers.

5. Five ways to help prevent eczema this winter
While we can adjust to the fast-changing weather, we sometimes forget our skin needs help to catch up. Lara Clayton shares some helpful hints to prevent itchy, dry skin (often referred to as eczema) in kids’ skin as we enter the winter months.

6. 2o17 Gifts for good
From holiday ornaments to AmazonSmile, we rounded up several simple ways you can help support OHSU Doernbecher Children’s hospital this holiday season.

7. Doctors Day Q&A with Dr. Casey Seideman
A pediatric urologist, Dr. Casey Seideman takes care of kids and young adults with diseases and disorders of urination, reproductive organs and/or testes. In celebration of Doctors Day, Dr. Seideman tells us more about her career path and why she loves caring for kids and families at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

8. Four water safety tips everyone should know
With the joy and beauty of water comes the potential for tragedy. So what can we do to prevent drowning and keep our children safe? Dr. Laura Waagmeester shares four important things to keep in mind.

9. Lice do’s and don’ts
Lice happens. Dr. Ellen Stevenson shares six tips for treating the itchiest of childhood problems.

10. Meeting Julia: representing autism in the media 
Beloved children’s television program “Sesame Street” recently welcomed a new Muppet on the air. The character’s name is Julia, and she has autism. We sat down with Dr. Lark Huang-Storms to get her take on Julia’s addition to the cast and what this means for families in the autism community.