Each December, yearly wrap-ups and written reflections fill our inboxes and social media feeds. We love to join in with our version: The 700 Children’s Blog Top 10! We have assembled a “one stop shop” for the 10 blog posts that received the most clicks this year. See if you notice any trends!
We thank our 2022 blog authors for providing informative content to keep our readers in the know.
Enjoy this look back!
Why It’s Time to Rethink Our Use of Benadryl
This post has held tightly to its spot at the top of our list! Dr. David Stukus says to stop relying on Benadryl®, one of the oldest (over 60 years!) and most common over-the-counter medications used for children, and instead use newer medications that are better at treating symptoms and have fewer side effects.
Bedwetting: 5 Common Reasons Why Children Wet the Bed
Many parents worry about bedwetting, because it’s a common problem! Psychologist Cody Hostutler PhD provides six of the most common reasons why children wet the bed, what parents can do, and when it might be a good idea to see your child’s doctor.
Down Syndrome Life Expectancy is Higher, But Not For Everyone
Forty years ago, people with Down syndrome had an average life expectancy of 25 years old, but now the average is 60 years and climbing! However, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study showed the average for non-white races was half of that. That’s why our Center for Child Health Equity and Outcomes Research is working to figure out why there is such a big difference.
Urinary Tract Infections in Babies
Did you know that babies can get urinary tract infections (UTIs)? More than one million visits to the pediatrician each year are due to UTIs. Since babies cry as a way to say what’s bothering them, it can be hard for parents to understand what’s wrong. Our experts help parents know when it might be a UTI.
6 Signs Your Child May Have Bladder Dysfunction
Children over the age of 4 who continue having daytime accidents long after potty training may have voiding dysfunction, meaning there are problems with holding urine or difficulty emptying the bladder. It’s important to see your child’s doctor for voiding dysfunction treatment to prevent future kidney damage.
Why Isn’t Your Baby Gaining Weight? And When Should You Worry?
“Failure to thrive” is what happens when your baby does not gain weight at the expected rate. It’s caused by not taking in enough calories, not absorbing enough calories, or burning too many calories. Our clinical expert offers tips on how parents can help babies gain weight and get back on track.
Baby’s Head Shape: Should You Be Concerned?
A very common concern for new parents is the shape of their baby’s head. While a rare cause is craniosynostosis, an abnormal forming of the skull that requires surgery to repair, mostly it’s caused by a benign condition called positional plagiocephaly. A baby’s skull is naturally soft for the first 9-18 months. With repeated pressure on the same area, babies can develop flat spots on the back or side of the head.
Umbilical Hernia: When Should You Worry?
What happens if you start to see swelling or a bump near a baby’s belly button, or if your baby screams in pain when you touch them near that area? It might be an umbilical hernia.
Growth Charts for Premature Babies: Following Their Own Curve
Parents often compare the growth rate of their children to that of others. When it comes to premature babies and the traditional growth charts for full-term babies, you can’t compare! Doctors are using growth charts specifically designed for preemies and work with parents to create plans just for their child.
The Poop Palette: What Do All of Those Colors Mean?
While it can be a shock the first time your child tells you that their poop is an unusual color, more often than not it’s for a harmless reason. This blog post by Dr. Steven Cicora, our most popular one for 2022, explains the various colors and consistencies of poop, and when you should be concerned.
The 700 Children’s team thanks our great community of readers who make this a place for trusted medical information for kids. Please make a resolution to keep coming back so you can see what’s in store for 2023! We wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.
Diane Lang is the Director, 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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