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Supporting children in their grief

Loss is a normal and inevitable part of the human experience, but when it comes to supporting children in their grief, it can be hard to know where to begin. This month, OHSU Doernbecher staff join...

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The little girl who could: Charlie’s cleft story

Charlie was born with a craniofacial disorder called complete unilateral cleft lip and palate. Now 13 months old, Charlie has undergone several procedures and surgeries to correct her cleft. We sat...

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Family health to-dos for the fall season

Is your family settled into your fall routine yet? Before things get too hectic, take some time to take care a few important health-related tasks – doing so now will help prepare you (and your...

Creating a balanced plate: Understanding teens’ nutrition needs

Teenagers navigate many different stressors that can impact their eating habits, and their nutritional needs are very different from those of younger children or adults. We sat down with clinical...

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A forever smile: Oliver’s Doernbecher story

Seven-month-old Oliver was born with cleft lip, a craniofacial disorder that occurs when the tissues that form a baby’s mouth and lips do not align. He had his repair surgery nearly two months ago....

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Making your baby or child more comfortable for vaccines

Now that COVID-19 vaccines are available for children under 5, it’s a good time to review some ways to make getting them easier for both parents and kids. We’ve lined up some tips from the Child...

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Navigating systems for families newly diagnosed with ASD

After receiving a new autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis, families may have a lot of questions about how to best navigate the systems. We put together a list of resources – including...

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Ezra’s Doernbecher Story

Ezra and his mom, Andra, have been “frequent flyers” at Doernbecher since 2019, when Ezra was diagnosed in utero with a congenital heart defect (CHD) called hypoplastic left heart syndrome...

Ashlynn’s Doernbecher Story

When she was 5 years old, Ashlynn was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension, which is when there is high pressure in the pulmonary artery and lungs, causing the right heart to work harder....

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The heart of kings: Kingston’s Doernbecher story

Kingston was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). Today, he’s almost 6 years old and is coming up on the one-year anniversary of a heart...