Posts by Lisa McMahan

Identifying, preventing and treating your child’s constipation

First things first: What is constipation? Constipation is a very common condition in childhood. About 18% of children in the United States ages 4-17 have what’s known as “functional...

Smoke screen: Talking to your teen about the dangers of vaping

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that teen use of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery devices (known as vaping) has reached epidemic levels. While these devices...

Rash decisions: What can parents do about common skin irritations?

Although many rashes are not dangerous, they can be very distressing – either due to their appearance or because of associated symptoms such as itching. To make matters more complicated, different...

Saving Joaco

After a Fanconi Anemia diagnosis, Joaquín and his mom relocated to Portland from Chile to receive life-saving care at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital By all accounts, Joaquín “Joaco” Du...

Dietitian Q&A: What is “baby-led weaning?”

First things first: What is baby-led weaning? Baby-led weaning is a method of feeding babies complementary foods (i.e., foods other than breastmilk or infant formula that are introduced to provide...

All about NICH

What is the NICH program? When most people hear the word “nich,” they think of “niche” – a specialty. An OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital program called Novel Interventions in...

When are antibiotics necessary?

Antibiotics save lives. We use antibiotics to treat infections, and there is no doubt that in many instances, antibiotics are truly lifesaving. However, the Centers for Disease Control and...

ADHD and sleep: What’s the connection?

What the headlines say ADHD is associated with a markedly increased incidence of behaviorally related sleep problems. That includes challenges like not wanting to go to bed or having behavior...

OCD to me: It takes courage

Eighteen-year-old Ryan Bernstein is a youth advocate for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), having lived with it for many years. He is the author of "OCD to Me: An Anthology of Anxieties," and he's...