For many of our patient families, reflection can mean thinking about hard times, but it can also give perspective on successful journeys. While 2020 was indeed a challenge, we hope a look back at the top 10 blog posts we published over the last 12 months will be a reminder of how we worked our way through a public health crisis together.
We thank our 2020 blog authors for providing informative content to keep our readers knowledgeable and their families safe.
Our infectious disease team was one of the first to talk about mask safety for kids. This post outlines why it is very important for everyone to wear masks over our noses and mouths, except for children younger than 2 years old. Learn why masking a baby can be dangerous.
At first, we thought that older people were the ones most affected by COVID-19, until clusters of sick kids with symptoms similar to the rare inflammatory Kawasaki Disease were discovered. Our infectious disease team wrote about the similarities between Kawasaki Disease and the new Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS).
Premature babies blaze their own trail from the time of their birth, so why should they follow the same growth charts as full-term babies? They shouldn’t! This post informed parents on the way preemies are measured as they grow.
Benadryl® is one of the oldest and most common over-the-counter medications used for children. After 60 years of relying on it, Dr. Stukus says it’s time we break our old habits and use newer second-generation antihistamines for a more targeted approach to symptoms with fewer side effects.
Education is key. This post details best practices for preparing kids to see masks everywhere, our new normal. Making kids comfortable with mask usage has become a part of the routine in families all around the world, and it works to keep people safe.
Discussing tough topics like racism becomes easier with practice, for both parents and children. Nurturing an environment in which kids are comfortable stating their opinion and questioning what they don’t understand or agree with is something parents can do to affect their children’s future—and the world—in good ways.
Having everyone under one roof all the time is stressful enough, but when kids are bored or suddenly much less active than usual the problem is magnified. This post provided activity ideas for kids of all ages.
This year was full of unexpected cancellations and readjustments, over and over again. The routine of a school year was altered in some way for every family. This post, by one of our behavioral health experts, provided suggestions on coping with the disappointment and upheaval.
So much false information has been spread this year that it was important for us to publish a myth-busting post and set the record straight. Recommendations on who to trust when it comes to COVID-19 information (hint: scientists and the medical profession!) as well as the dispelling of common falsehoods that have been circulating online are spotlighted in this popular post.
The 700 Children’s team thanks our great community of readers who make this a destination for trusted pediatric health care information. We wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.
Diane Lang is the Senior Manager, Social Media for Nationwide Children's Hospital where she leads social media marketing, manages Nationwide Children's consumer-focused blog and directs a complete workforce social media curriculum for a staff of more than 13,000. She also has personal knowledge of pediatric healthcare as her son is an experienced patient.
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