No New Year’s celebration would be complete without reflecting upon the past year. The 700 Children’s Blog is no exception! Each December, we review our top posts of the year, then wrap them up and put them in one easy-to-click package. Here’s what our readers found most relevant in 2018:
- Container Baby Syndrome: How Equipment Can Hinder a Child’s Development
Convenience shouldn’t be the only consideration for parents who use infant walkers, swings, car seats and carriers. This post sought to inform moms and dads about the ways these products, or containers, can harm a child’s development.
- Suicide: The Conversation We Should Have With Our Kids
Many of you have joined our On Our Sleeves community to learn how you can be advocates for children with mental or behavioral health conditions. Sometimes, the first step in advocacy is starting at home. Our suicide prevention expert, Dr. John Ackerman, told us how to lead a challenging discussion.
- Hand Food Mouth Disease: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
No parent wants to hear that their child has Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease. But, knowledge is power! Understanding symptoms and treatment for this common childhood illness can make the healing process less worrisome and can help prevent the spread of the virus to other people.
- Submucous Cleft Palate: A ‘Hidden’ Cause of Speech and Middle Ear Problems
We didn’t realize that a post about submucosal cleft palates would resonate with so many readers, but that was before our experts told us that 1 in 1,200 children are born with one. Read the signs that can sometimes be overlooked during a newborn exam.
- Bedwetting: 5 Common Reasons Why Children Wet the Bed
Bedwetting can be messy, inconvenient and, unfortunately, embarrassing for kids. Using tactics to combat this common problem may help keep the bed dry and children less frustrated.
- What Parents Need to Know About Adenovirus
‘Tis the season for more than just snowflakes and sleighbells. The winter months bring nasty viruses into our homes, including the often-overlooked adenovirus. This post may be just what you need to remind your kids to cover coughs and wash those hands!
- What It Means to Be Named One of America’s Top 10 Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report
Once again, Nationwide Children’s was listed on U.S News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital Honor Roll, a distinction awarded to only 10 children’s centers nationwide. The U.S. News & World Report rankings are an immense point of pride for our entire team as we work toward our vision of delivering the best outcomes in everything we do.
- Not Your Mother’s Gynecologist: Why Adolescent Girls Should See Their Own Specialists
A pediatric and adolescent gynecologist reminded us that girls are not “little adults” and to consider that they should see specialists who understand their anatomy. Making sure your child sees the right doctor can help keep her more comfortable and safe.
- Birthmarks: When Should Parents Be Concerned?
With more than 80 percent of new babies being born with birthmarks, we can understand why this post was so popular! Even though most birthmarks are harmless, we learned that they should always be evaluated by a doctor.
- Show Dogs: What Parents Need to Know
Show Dogs was marketed as a family-friendly movie, but concerned parents and advocacy organizations found scenes deemed offensive to many theater-goers. Thankfully, people all over the country had their voices heard and two scenes were cut from the film!
Show Dogs was a perfect example of just how a community can come together to inform and support one another. We thank our hundreds of blog authors and millions of readers from all over the globe who have joined us in making a difference for kids everywhere by reading and sharing 700 Children’s Blog content. We wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.