COVID-19 and kids: Your questions, answered

Are kids immune to the virus that causes COVID-19? Kids are not immune to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. When they do contract the infection, however, they seem to have fewer symptoms...

How to talk to your kids about COVID-19

How can parents and guardians best help kids understand and process the COVID-19 pandemic? During stressful times, children – no matter what their age – want to know three basic things: Am I...

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...

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...

Preventing the preventable: what you need to know about measles

Edited Jan. 30, 2019, to include up-to-date measles outbreak information. Clark County Public Health is urging anyone who has been exposed and believes they have symptoms of measles to call their...

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...

The power of immunization

I am a millennial, and as a member of the generation that includes the children of baby boomers, I’ve been spoiled. Our generation hasn’t seen the kids wearing braces as a result of polio. We...

Lice do’s and don’ts

This article was written by Allison Jones and originally appeared in the Portland Monthly 2017 Kids’ Health Annual magazine. Six tips for treating the itchiest of childhood problems from OHSU...

“13 Reasons Why” poses risks to Oregon youth

Although a fictional story, 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...