Though different viruses cause them, the flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses and share similar symptoms, so it can be difficult to tell them apart. Many parents are left wondering, does my child have the flu or a cold?
School is one of the most universal experiences of childhood – where we make friends, learn to read and write and hopefully learn to love learning itself. But some children, such as Bradrick Corley, 3, need a little help to get there.
Days after leaving for a high school trip, Ryan Hayes was in the Akron Children’s emergency department gravely ill from influenza B. Thanks to a rare life support system and specialized team, Ryan just celebrated one more birthday – his 16th.
When faced with complex challenges, kids like Courteney Boyle, 17, and her family depend on Akron Children’s Palliative Care team to coordinate care so she can spend less time in the hospital and more time being a teenager.
What does being 7 years old look like for Hope Palmer? It means loving the color purple, keeping up with her three older sisters and being free to be a kid even while overcoming serious health obstacles.