Awareness, advocacy promote better lives for children with diabetes World Diabetes Day is Nov. 14


Looking back before I became the mom of a child with Type 1 diabetes, I thought all diabetics were created equal. Cut out the sugar and exercise and everything would be hunky-dory. Now that I am the mom of a diabetic, I know better. Educating people about the differences in diabetes and the warning signs leading up […]

Enjoy the thrills, avoid the spills, this Halloween (VIDEO)


Halloween is the one time of year when it’s necessary – even fashionable – for parents to have eyes in the back of their heads. In this Children’s Channel video, Heather Trnka, EMT-P, EMS-I, the injury prevention coordinator for Akron Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids Summit County, discusses ways to keep little boys and ghouls from […]

5 Myths about Sleep and Your Baby

5 myths about sleep and your baby

In the first few weeks of life, babies spend up to 16 hours a day asleep. That’s a lot of time snoozing, which is why it’s important for parents and caregivers to make sure infants are placed in safe sleep positions.

How to talk to your kids about Ebola

concerned mother talking to daughter

  Child psychologist Georgette Constantinou shares these tips for parents who want to ease their children’s concerns about the Ebola virus: Keep calm while discussing this topic with your children and use age appropriate language. Listen to them and gauge what they are hearing and are worried about, and acknowledge their fears. Reassure them that […]

Ebola: what you need to know


As news reports link Northeast Ohio and Summit County to the Ebola virus situation, rest assured Akron Children’s Hospital continues to work closely with other hospitals and health officials including Summit County Public Health to be prepared for possible Ebola patients. As of Wed., Oct. 15, Akron Children’s has not had a confirmed or suspected case […]

How to deal with school refusal

School refusal

Nervousness about class assignments, learning new material and upcoming tests is normal. But for some children, school can be the source of stress, which can lead to such intense anxiety that some children insist on not going.