Child life specialists can play an integral role in helping to reduce stress and anxiety during a child’s treatment. In today’s post, Amanda explains how they help families throughout #ProtonTherapy, a radiation treatment that minimizes damage to areas surrounding cancerous tumors.

Child Life's Role in Proton Therapy
Abigail and her family regularly travel from Indianapolis for appointments, but her most recent visit was extra special! Knowing that her favorite author Veronica Roth was in Cincinnati for a book signing on Thursday, Abby didn’t want to miss an opportunity to schedule a check-up appointment that same day so she could go. Little did she know, members of her care team and other special people...
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Born with a single ventricle in his heart, David Franz has undergone numerous surgeries throughout his young life – including a 22-hour heart transplant last October. His doctors say he has used up most of his nine lives, calling him a “miracle” patient. On Wednesday he returned to the medical center to tell all of those who played a hand in saving his life “thank you.” We are all grateful for...
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It's so much fun to look back at a year just completed. Our Top 10 of 2016 is out today - join us for a look back at some of our most significant and most enjoyable stories from last year!

Cincinnati Children's Top 10 of 2016 - Cincinnati Children's Blog
Facebook community, we need your help. We have more than 150 part-time and full-time clinical positions available in several patient care areas and need your help spreading the word about an upcoming career fair. The event is in the evening on January 17th. All of the details are available via the link below. On that page, you will also find a link to a listing of all of the available...
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Career Fair - Burnet Campus - January 17, 2017
Idiopathic scoliosis hasn’t stopped Jessie from competing in barrel racing, nor wearing an open-back wedding gown. In fact, there isn’t much that has held her back from achieving her life’s goals. Read her inspirational story on the blog today:

When Idiopathic Scoliosis Threw Me For A Curve, I Swung Back
Are sedation and general anesthesia the same thing? It's a question we hear often from parents and it's an important thing to understand. They are not the same! Learn when and how each is used: [ Link ]

Sedation and General Anesthesia: What's the Difference?
"We do hope we’re making a difference for the kids we’re able to help. Right now that’s 10 from other countries." Their mom, Mary, shares how they expanded their family to 15 children, most of whom have Down syndrome.

Healing the World: The Stolz's International Adoption Story
We’re still looking for families to join a new online community for parents and guardians of patients. Participation will span approximately 3 months and will help shape the patient and family experience at Cincinnati Children’s. We’d like to fill the remaining spots this week and especially need families who:

• Live in either a rural or urban area – a few spots left for those in the ‘burbs,...
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“Raising three boys and working full-time requires me to plan for the future and function at 100% all of the time. I feel comforted knowing that if my heart were to develop more complications, they would be caught in advance, rather than taking me by surprise.” #FacesofACHD Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute

Having Adult Congenital Heart Disease Hasn't Slowed Me Down
It’s the final Cincinnati Bengals home game this season, and that means one more of our #ChampionKids will be there cheering them on! This week Kayden will be the guest #KickoffKid. Just hours after his birth, Kayden developed an infection and suffered a stroke. He’s doing great now thanks to the countless hours of therapy he has completed. He’s a very busy 10 year-old and (if you couldn’t...
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Before the Times Square Ball drops at midnight, come see Clara drop the puck at US Bank Arena! She is the latest of our #ChampionKids to be a VIP guest of the Cincinnati Cyclones. Clara was born with Down Syndrome as well as a Ventricular Septum defect in her heart that required open heart surgery when she was 3 months old. Then at 5 months old, she had airway reconstruction surgery as well....
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“To me, reading is just as important to a child’s health as being up to date on immunizations.” Dr. Szumlas explains how to fit it in and make it count each day.

Daily Reading to Kids: 7 Tips for Fitting it In and Making it Count
We care for kids like Saniya – a spunky, smiling 2-year-old – every day. And we couldn’t do it without you! Make a charitable donation to Cincinnati Children’s before Dec. 31 and your gift will matched, dollar for dollar, by the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament. Give today: [ Link ]
Our friends at Mazda​ have been in the giving spirit all month long, and you can help! Between now and January 3rd, Mazda is donating $150 for each new vehicle purchased. It’s their #MazdaDrive4Good program and we’re honored to be one of the recipient organizations!

Drive For Good
“I tucked the learnings away as mothers do, hoping that I’ll never have to use the information.” Christina shares how her awareness of the dangers of button batteries saved her daughter from serious injury. Please read, share, and be cautious of button batteries this holiday season.

Awareness of Button Batteries Saved My Daughter from Serious Injury
Wow – kids in Greater Cincinnati are truly talented! They helped us create this beautiful rendition of “Heal the World,” to spread a little holiday cheer and hope. Happy Holidays from all of us at Cincinnati Children’s!
It’s Sunday and that means it’s Cincinnati Bengals game day! Today Lunden will become the latest of our #ChampionKids to be honored during the game. When she was just one year old, Lunden was referred to Cincinnati Children’s after her pediatrician couldn’t pinpoint what was what was going on with her. After a number of tests, an x-ray revealed she had two objects lodged in her esophagus....
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Kids received quite the holiday surprise this week - they got to connect with Santa who was all the way in the “North Pole!” A team of elves made it all possible, delivering a bag of goodies to each child who participated. The annual “Santa Connection” event allows kids who wanted to see Santa but were not able to visit him in a typical setting this year still take part in a Christmas celebration.
It is possible to travel with a child who has Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis. Our nurses assembled a handy checklist to help families prepare for it this holiday season:

Handy Checklist: Traveling with Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis