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March, 2016

Eye Movements May Be Early Marker of Autism

Study finds eye movements may be early marker of autism. Dr. Thomas Frazier discusses his study.

A Special Wish teams up with local restaurants to feed local families

A Special Wish teams up with local restaurants to feed children and families at Cleveland Clinic Children’s this Easter.

Soothing a Crying Baby

Dr. Elaine Schulte, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, shares tips for safely and effectively soothing a crying infant.

Robert DeNiro Pulled A Controversial Anti-Vax Documentary From The Tribeca Film Festival For An Important Reason

After days of controversy, the Tribeca Film Festival has decided not to screen a controversial anti-vaccination documentary. Dr. Camille Sabella, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments.

Vaccines Can Help Reduce Childhood Ear Infections

Researchers say vaccinations, breastfeeding, and smoke-free environments are helping to reduce the rate of ear infections in young children. Dr. Samantha Anne, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments.

This Woman’s Water Broke At 17 Weeks And She Still Was Able To Give Birth To A Healthy Baby

Woman shares how she gave birth to a healthy baby after her water broke 17 weeks into her pregnancy. Dr. Katherine Singh and Dr. Jeff Schwersenski comment.

One Heart Transplant Gives a Young Girl a New Chance at Life

Dr. Robert Stewart, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, shares how heart transplant gave little girl a new chance at life.

The 5 W's of Feeding Your Infant

Dr. Sara Lappe, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, explains the 5 w’s of feeding your infant.

Spectrum of autism traits spans general population

Study finds genetic variants tied to autism may also influence social skills in people without the condition. Dr. Thomas Frazier comments.

Anxiety in Children

Dr. Marc Gillinov and Dr. Katherine Lamparyk discuss signs of anxiety in children.

This Healthy 5-Year-Old Girl Was Paralyzed After Doing A Backbend

Healthy girl suffers paralyzing stroke in her spine after doing gymnastics. Dr. David Gurd comments.

Getting Kids to Eat

Registered dietitian Diana DeFabio explains the importance of having children eat a rainbow of food colors for better nutrition.

Skipped Vaccinations - Rise in Measles and Pertussis

Dr. Elaine Schulte discusses the importance of vaccination after a recent study linked recent outbreaks of preventable diseases to unvaccinated children and adults.

Eye exam leads to discovery of rare disease in 4-year-old

Eye exam leads to discovery of rare disease in 4-year-old at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. Dr. Neil Friedman comments and Dr. Robert Stewart is mentioned.

Out-of-hospital pediatric cardiac arrest survival remains poor, similar to adults

Dr. Iqbal El Assaad and team of researchers at Cleveland Clinic Children’s find survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in children are low, but certain characteristics improve outcomes.

Is It Really A.D.H.D. or Just Immaturity?

Experts weigh-in on new research finding that the youngest students in a classroom are more likely to be given a diagnosis of ADHD than the oldest. Dr. Michael Manos, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments.

Helping Children Adjust to Daylight Saving

Dr. Sally Ibrahim offers tips to help children adjust to daylight saving time.

Screening Kids for Poverty

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends pediatricians screen for poverty at check-ups. Dr. Richard So, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments.

CAPRG donates $5,000 to Clinic Children’s Hospital

Chef Art Pour Restaurant Group has donated $5,000 to Cleveland Clinic Children’s to be used in pediatric education.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Autism

Experts discuss 5 facts about autism. Dr. Leslie Speer, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments.

Local Teen Battling Cancer Tells Story

Teen battling rare form of cancer shares his story. Dr. Ilia Buhtoiarov, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments.

Peanut Allergies

New research shows that introducing peanut foods to infants may help protect them from developing potentially life-threatening peanut allergies. Dr. Brian Schroer comments.

Dr. Marc

Dr. Marc Gillinov and Dr. Sara Lappe, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, discuss the best breakfast foods for children.

2016 News

Recognizing Eating Disorders

In light of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Dr. Ellen Rome discusses signs of disordered eating and the importance of receiving treatment as early as possible.

Girl Gets Wish to Become a Ballerina

Young patient becomes a ballerina for a day after life-saving heart transplant at Cleveland Clinic.

Scoliosis diagnosis uncovered life threatening heart abnormality for Rocky River teen

Scoliosis diagnosis uncovered life threatening heart abnormality for active teen. Dr. Peter Aziz, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments.

Dr. Kimberly Giuliano explains why it is important to remove a child’s puffy winter jacket before attempting to buckle them into the car seat
Autism Screening for Toddlers

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final position on universal screening for autism spectrum disorder in very young children. Dr. Thomas Frazier, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments.

New Autism Recommendations

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final position on universal screening for autism spectrum disorder in very young children. Dr. Thomas Frazier, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments.

Dr. Elizabeth Saarel, Dr. Peter Aziz and Dr. Robert Stewart, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, raise awareness about congenital heart disease.

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Healing & Hope: Love Letters from Strangers

Two Cleveland Clinic Children’s patients find hope and healing in letters from strangers. Dr. Rabi Hanna comments.

Concerted Approach Needed to Decrease Teen Pregnancy and Infant Mortality

Dr. Ellen Rome explains the need for a collaborative effort to decrease teenage pregnancy and infant mortality.

Beyond Flint: Lead Poisoning Is a Serious Problem in Many American Cities

Dr. Elaine Schulte discusses the importance of preventing future lead poisoning crises.

Cleveland children are at the greatest risk of lead poisoning in Ohio

Dr. Michelle Medina, Cleveland Clinic Children’s comments.

Find care that fits your family

Finding the right physician for your child is important, as they will help set the stage for future health. Dr. Melissa Seifried, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments (Pages 32-34).

Experts discuss strategies for having fear-free checkups with your children

Dr. Kate Eshleman, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments.

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Experts discuss everyday interactions that are learning opportunities for children

Dr. Richard So, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments.

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What Is Hemophilia?

Hemophilia is a rare condition in which your blood doesn't clot normally and is often passed from mothers to their sons. Dr. Grace Onimoe, Cleveland Clinic Children's, comments.

Car Seats & Winter Coats Can Be Lethal: Is This Made-for-Car-Seats Jacket the Answer?

Buckling children into a car seat with a jacket on can have lethal consequences, so as a general rule, experts say winter coats should not be worn underneath a car seat harness. Dr. Roopa Thakur, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments.

Reaction to New ‘Curvy’ Barbie: OK But Not Enough

Dr. Ellen Rome discusses the new tall, petite and curvy Barbie body shapes.

Scarves: Choking Hazard?

Dr. Ellen Rome, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, warns of the choking hazards of scarves and drawstring hoodies for children.

High Lead Levels in 5 Kids in Ohio Town

High levels of lead found in Mahoning County water supply. Dr. Tara Williams, Cleveland Clinic Children’s comments on the dangers to kids.

Is It the Flu or a Cold? Some Tips on How to Tell

Dr. Michelle Medina, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, talks about the differences between cold and flu.

What You Should Know About the Birth Defect Tied to the Zika Virus

Experts explain the facts of microcephaly, the birth defect tied to the Zika virus. Dr. Sumit Parikh, Cleveland Clinic Children’s comments.

6 Steps to a Healthier Family in 2016

Dr. Sara Lappe, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, shares 6 steps for developing healthy habits.

Crohn’s Disease in Children

Dr. Kadakkal Radhakrishnan, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, gives a primer on Crohn’s disease in children.

#TannerTuff: Local Community Rallies Together for 15-Year-Old Battling Rare Cancer

Local community rallies together for 15-year-old battling rare cancer. Dr. Peter Anderson, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments.

14-Month-Old Battling Cancer Brings Attention to Funding Gap

#StoshyStrong: The family of a 14-month-old leukemia patient is raising awareness to funding gaps in cancer research on social media. Dr. Ilia Buhtoiarov, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments.

West Shore Chatter: Westlake Teen Wins Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Courage Award

Westlake teen Colin Teets will be receiving the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Courage Award at the 16th Annual Greater Cleveland Sports Commission Awards on January 28. Dr. Douglas Henry, Cleveland Clinic Children’s comments.

Sagamore Hills 9-Year-Old Considered a Living Miracle

Young boy is happy and healthy after suffering paralysis due to acute flaccid myelitis. Dr. Neil Friedman, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments.

Autism and the Impact on a Family's Quality of Life

Dr. Leslie Markowitz discusses a recent Cleveland Clinic study that looked at quality of life factors for families of children with autism.

Crib Bumpers Dangerous for Babies

Dr. Elaine Schulte warns against the use of crib bumpers for babies.

Teen Boys and Hypertension

A new study suggests boys in their late teens with a high BMI and poor aerobic fitness are at greater risk for developing high blood pressure as adults. Dr. Ellen Rome comments.

Teen Weight Linked to Adult Health

A new study suggests boys in their late teens with a high BMI and poor aerobic fitness are at greater risk for developing high blood pressure as adults. Dr. Ellen Rome comments.

The Dangers of Lead Poisoning in Children

Dr. Tara Williams shares tips on reducing the risk of lead exposure in children.

2015 News

Sisters make a resolution to fight common disease

Young sisters make resolution to fight disease that affects their hearing and vision. Dr. Sarah Sydlowski comments.

A Special Wish brings fairy tale princesses, food to kids at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital

A Special Wish brings fairy tale princesses to Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

Santa visits Cleveland Clinic Children's

Santa Claus delivered holiday cheer and smiles to patients at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. Sue Mastromonaco, Occupational Therapy Manager, comments.

Autism may strain family life even before children are diagnosed

Dr. Thomas Frazier, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments on his study that finds autism may strain family life even before children are diagnosed.

Help Cleveland boy with half a heart make his dream a reality

Cleveland Clinic Children’s patient gets his biggest wish granted.

Car seat safety: heavy winter coats and car seats do not mix

Jessica Timms, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Child Life Specialist, warns against the dangers of kids wearing snug winter coats while strapped in car seats.

Healthy kids for Christmas

Dr. Amy Sniderman gives tips on how to keep the family healthy and safe during the holidays.

Proceeds from the sale of special t-shirts will be given to Cleveland Clinic Children’s

Dr. Giovanni Piedimonte comments.

ADHD diagnoses skyrocket among U.S. kids

New research suggests ADHD rates have significantly increased in recent years. Dr. Michael Manos, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments.

LeBron James -- Team Trip to CLE Children's Hospital

The entire Cleveland Cavaliers team spread holiday cheer during visit to Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

Cleveland Clinic Children's mobile unit provides flu shots at school

Cleveland Clinic Children’s mobile unit visited Harrison Elementary School offering flu vaccinations to students and faculty.

Recent death raises awareness of heart condition in children

Dr. Elizabeth Saarel, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, discusses a hidden heart danger among the young.

Why Cutting Back on Red Meat Is Good for You – and Your Kids

Dr. Sara Lappe, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, explains why red and processed meats should be avoided as much as possible by both adults and children.


New Activity Recommendations for Kids With Heart Condition

New study finds a wider range of sports may be safe for kids with congenital long QT syndrome. Cleveland Clinic Children’s Peter Aziz comments.

Can Eating too Much Fat in Pregnancy Harm Your Baby?

Dr. Giovanni Piedimonte comments on his study that finds pregnant mothers who consume high fat, high caloric diets put babies at risk for asthma and obesity.

Laser surgery prevents young man's epileptic seizures

Dr. Jorge Gonzalez-Martinez comments.

18-Month-Old Baby Girl Who Was Born Four Months Premature to Celebrate First Thanksgiving at Home

Cleveland Clinic Children’s patient Amelia, a miracle preemie who spent months in the neonatal intensive care unit at Hillcrest Hospital, gets ready to celebrate first Thanksgiving at home.

9 Common Foods a Toddler Can Choke On

Experts discuss nine common foods that toddlers can choke on. Dr. Dana Schmidt, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments.

Avon Lake Students Learn Nutrition as Part of Kids on the Move

Kaitlyn Nowacki, RD, Cleveland Clinic Children's, speaks to students at Westview Elementary School about nutrition.

Chest Pain in Kids: Is it Normal or Something Worse?

Dr. Peter Aziz, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, discusses causes and treatment options for chest pain in children.

Should You Be Worried if Your Baby Has Jaundice?

Dr. Kadakkal Radhakrishnan, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, explains reasons for jaundice in babies.

Why Getting a Second Opinion Matters

Dr. Peter Aziz, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, explains the importance of patients being their own advocate and finding the most appropriate physician for their suspected disease.

Vitamin D Deficiency in Children

Dr. Kadakkal Radhakrishnan, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, discusses vitamin D deficiency in children.

Health reporter Kay Colby reported on health disparities in Hispanic asthma rates and the difficulties in providing adequate treatment

Dr. Giovanni Piedimonte, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments on health disparities in Hispanic asthma rates and the difficulties in providing adequate treatment.

Cleveland Clinic Children’s patient and family are thankful for life-saving heart transplant this Thanksgiving

Dr. Robert Stewart comments.

Cleveland Clinic Children’s patient Amelia, a miracle preemie, gets ready to celebrate first Thanksgiving at home

Therapy Services Beachwood and the NICU Follow-Up Clinic are featured.

A new study finds one in 45 kids has autism

Dr. Tom Frazier, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments.

One family's quest to save their 3-month old son's life led to a world-wide, social media movement

Dr. Koji Hashimoto comments.

Video: Tweens and the New Rules of Parenting

Dr. Ellen Rome, Cleveland Clinic Children’s pediatrician, speaks on a panel about tweens and the new rules of parenting.

Top Tips for Enjoying Safe Trick-or-Treating

Dr. Richard So, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, shares his top tips for enjoying safe trick-or-treating.

What’s the Worst Kind of Halloween Candy?

Experts pick the best and worst Halloween candies for your health. Registered dietitian Jennifer Willoughby comments.

Study: Cutting Added Sugar Can Improve Your Health — in Just 10 Days

A new study shows cutting out added sugar can improve your health in 10 days. Cleveland Clinic Children’s pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Naim Alkhouri comments.

10-Year-Old’s Empathy, Drive ‘Well?Beyond Her Years’

A 10-year-old starts a “Kids for Coloring” program which donates art supplies to sick children in hospitals. Cleveland Clinic Children’s art therapist Meredith McCulloch comments.

The Lowdown on Lice

Cleveland Clinic Children’s pediatrician Dr. Sara Lappe shares what you need to know about lice.

Vitamin E, Pentoxifylline Lower Liver Enzymes in NASH

Dr. Naim Alkhouri discusses study results presented at the American College of Gastroenterology meeting.

Emotional abuse in childhood as harmful as violence or neglect

New research finds emotional abuse can be just as damaging as other forms of child abuse, including violence and neglect. Cleveland Clinic Children’s psychologist Dr. Katherine Lamparyk comments.

Gun Violence: The Public Health Crisis America Is Denying

Dr. Ellen Rome explains how gun violence is a public health issue in need of action.

Cleveland Clinic Children's Names New Chair in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery

Northeast Ohio’s Largest Pediatric Heart Center Recruits Elizabeth “Tess” Vickers Saarel, M.D., from Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Republican presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, has captured the public’s attention with his achievements in medicine.

Pediatric neurologist Dr. Gary Hsich comments.

Breastfed infants may get enough vitamin D in mothers’ milk.

Study finds infants may get enough vitamin D from breast milk if their mothers take high-dose vitamin D supplements. Dr. Richard So, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, comments.

Patient with long QT syndrome is once again participating in sporting activities after treatment at Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

Dr. Peter Aziz comments.

How to explain disturbing events kids see on TV and more

Dr. Michael Traylor, Cleveland Clinic Children's, shares tips on safeguarding kids from negative media exposure.


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An allergy is an abnormal or hypersensitive reaction to something. The treatment of allergies is also called Immunology. Some of the most common childhood allergies include plant pollens, bee stings, food allergies, environmental allergies and asthma. Our Pediatric Allergy department is actively involved in allergy research and testing, ensuring that our patients have access to the latest treatment options.

Early introduction to peanuts may prevent allergy in children, study says

Study finds children at a predisposed risk of developing a peanut allergy may be able to reduce that risk by consuming the nut earlier in life. Dr. Brian Schroer comments.

Blood Disorders

The body contains several different kinds of blood cells, including white blood cells (leukocytes), red blood cells and platelets. Blood disorders include anything that affects the various blood cells, including their shape, size, function. Sometimes bone problems can affect blood cells, since bone marrow is responsible for creating new blood cells. The treatment of blood disorders is also called Hematology.

Sickle Cell Awareness

Cleveland Clinic Children’s patient shares his journey of living with sickle cell disease.

Common Childhood Illnesses

Childhood endures plenty of coughs, sneezes and runny noses—with very few being serious. Common childhood illnesses include bacterial infections (middle ear infections) and viral infections such as Chickenpox and Rotavirus. Most common conditions can be treated with a visit to your pediatrician. Cleveland Clinic's Children's physicians see patients in more than 20 locations across Northeast Ohio.

10 Essential Facts About Whooping Cough"

Experts discuss 10 essential facts about whooping cough. Dr. Camille Sabella comments.

Emotions & Behaviors

Healthy behavioral development involves learning the social norms for acceptable behavior and the expression of emotions. Some emotional/behavioral conditions are present from birth, while others can appear late in an adolescent's life (eating disorders, depression). Many behavioral disorders have the potential to impact a child's ability to learn (ADHD), to focus on tasks, to accept challenges, and to cope with everyday stresses.

ProMedica Bixby wants to help fill a need for autistic children

Cleveland Clinic Children’s opens new center for autism in Adrian, MI through a joint-collaboration with ProMedica's Bixby Hospital.

Do You Sleepwalk? You Might Be Able To Blame Your Parents

Study findings point to a strong genetic influence on sleepwalking and, to a lesser degree, sleep terrors. Dr. Deb Lonzer comments.

Measles Vaccine Not Linked with Autism, Even in High-Risk Kids

Study finds no link between autism and the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella. Dr. Thomas Frazier comments.

Corpus callosum ages abnormally in autism

Dr. Thomas Frazier comments on results of autism study.


The medical field that treats the heart and its ability to circulate blood is called Cardiology. Our pediatric cardiologists and heart surgeons are among the most highly trained in the world. Our teams can detect many heart conditions, including irregular heartbeats, valve disorders and congenital defects, while a baby is still in the womb. Our surgeons routinely perform the most complex heart procedures on the tiniest patients, including artery transpositions and Tetralogy of Fallot.

Loosening the Reins on LQTS Sports Guidelines

Dr. Peter Aziz discusses guidelines on long QT syndrome.

A superhero in scrubs

Dr. Robert Stewart is featured as an everyday hero.

West Virginia teen thankful for Cleveland Clinic Children’s, credits them for saving his life

A teen from West Virginia is crediting Cleveland Clinic Children’s for saving his life. Dr. Robert Stewart comments.

Akron Children’s Hospital joins with Cleveland Clinic to repair congenital heart defects

When 16-month-old Layla Ries recently got a new heart, doctors from Akron Children’s Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital performed her transplant surgery together. Dr. Robert Stewart comments.

Ben Carson returning to Ohio next month for Cleveland Clinic's Pediatric Innovation Summit

Ben Carson will deliver a keynote address next month at Cleveland Clinic Children's Pediatric Innovation Summit.

Neurological Conditions

Neurology includes the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Any neurological abnormalities or damage often cause problems in other areas of the body, since the brain's message pathways have been compromised. Our pediatric neurology and neurosurgery was ranked No. 1 in Ohio and No. 3 nationally by U.S. News & World Report for 2012-13. Our pediatric neurosurgery services emphasize a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment, using the same core care team to treat a patient even into adulthood.

Concussions more than a knock on the noggin

Concussions can be damaging to children’s long-term brain health. Dr. Rick Figler comments.


The body's bones, joints, and the muscles that operate them form the field of Orthopaedics. Sports injuries are also included in this field, through Cleveland Clinic’s Sports Health Program. Our orthopaedic physicians have access to the vast resources of Cleveland Clinic's Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute and treat more than 15,000 children per year.

Emergency Room Season for Kids

With warmer temperatures come more injuries for children adjusting to growth spurts. Dr. Ryan Goodwin comments.

Are trampolines risky for kids? Local experts weigh in

Experts weigh in on the dangers and safety guidelines of trampolines. Dr. Ryan Goodwin comments.


Pulmonary conditions affect the lungs and the respiratory tract, including asthma and sleep apnea. We provide coordinated treatment and integrated medical visits among our pulmonary physicians, allergists and otolaryngologists. Our pediatric pulmonology program was nationally ranked in U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 edition of "Best Children’s Hospitals."

Respiratory Care in the NICU

Cleveland Clinic Children’s neonatologist Dr. Michelle Elias-Ruiz shares her expertise on respiratory care in the NICU (Page 14).

Special Interest & Giving

At Cleveland Clinic Children’s, everything we do is about providing world class health care to young patients and their families when they need it most. Our pediatric medical teams provide expert specialized care for young patients. Our researchers pioneer new diagnosis and treatment options for the most challenging childhood diseases. Our educators train the next generation of top pediatric physicians and nurses. Our caregivers bend over backwards to make each patient’s hospital stay as comfortable as possible.These stories highlight just a few of our efforts and the efforts of the community around us.

Cedar Point partners with Cleveland Clinic Children's to raise money for kids

Cedar Point is offering a special price on a limited number of rooms at its newly restored Hotel Breakers to help raise money for Cleveland Clinic Children’s. Alec Kulik, Cleveland Clinic Children’s institute administrator comments.

Urology & Kidneys

Kidney disease affects the kidney's ability to remove liquid waste from the body. The treatment of kidney problems is also called Nephrology. Our Transplant Center has extensive experience with pediatric transplant patients and coordinates services with our dedicated pediatric dialysis unit.

Amherst teen receives new kidney, ready for college in the fall

Teenager prepares for college this fall after receiving a new kidney. Dr. Charles Kwon comments.

Wellness & Nutrition

Proper nutritional support prevents malnutrition, assures appropriate physical growth and development, and helps to maintain a strong immune system.Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital has a team of registered dietitians, board certified in pediatrics, who collaborate with physician teams to provide expert, evidence-based nutritional care for infants, children and adolescents.

Sugar shock! Hidden sugar in foods kids love

Jennifer Willoughby, registered dietition at Cleveland Clinic Children's, shows where sugar is hiding in common kids food and drinks.

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