Family. It lies at the heart of Akron Children’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). From the relationships among staff, to the way patients are cared for and treated, to the connections built with the hospital’s community of supporters, there is truly one NICU family. It’s been this way for the past 50 years, since […]
There’s a lot going on at Akron Children’s and in pediatric healthcare, in general, and this section is designed to help keep you in the know.
Stephanie and Rich Abatangelo are busy working parents of four children, ages 3 to 10. She’s a teacher and he’s in law enforcement, so they should be able to handle anything, right? Tell that to COVID-19. The family spent two weeks in the clutches of the virus as it hit mom and dad hard. And while none of the kids had any symptoms, […]
As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, it can cause worry for parents if their child comes down with COVID-19 symptoms. Akron Children’s Hospital’s infectious disease physician, Eric Robinette, MD, MPH advises that the best first step is to keep your child home and contact your child’s primary care physician for advice. “Talk with your […]
Teenagers. It’s a sentiment many parents use when they can’t explain new moods or behaviors their kids display as they grow more independent. Understanding the root cause of these changes can be challenging, but Laura Gerak, PhD, pediatric psychologist at Akron Children’s Hosptial says if parents look for triggers, they may be able to help […]
Melina was a vibrant, energetic four-year-old girl who brought joy to the faces of everyone she met. Unfortunately, on May 22, 2020 her life and the lives of her family changed forever when she was diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor called Diffuse Midline Glioma. Her fight with this deadly tumor ended on June 24, 2020 when she passed away. While her […]
If you get the call that your child may have been exposed to COVID-19, being proactive and knowing what to do can help slow the spread of the virus. First, it’s important to know that you generally need to be exposed – in close contact – to a person who has COVID-19 while they are […]