“From the time I got involved with child abuse victims early on in my career, I felt that these were children who needed a voice,” Esernio-Jenssen says. “A child has cancer or pneumonia or a broken bone, everybody wants to do something to help. But with child abuse, the common reaction is that people don’t want to believe it’s happening. That mindset is the single biggest obstacle we face.”
Esernio-Jenssen is the medical expert on the team of multidisciplinary professionals who advocate for children and provide education about child abuse at the Child Advocacy Center. Future plans for the Child Advocacy Center include locating the entire child abuse team at Lehigh Valley Hospital-17th Street. Read More»
Ranita Kuryan, MD, helps families and children learn to live with diabetes, but it’s not easy news to share. “It’s hard to tell a 10- or 12-year-old child and his or her family that their child has diabetes,” Kuryan says. “Whether a child is diagnosed with type 1 or type 2, diabetes is a chronic condition that he or she must learn to manage for the long term.”
If you’ve ever taken a child for a pediatric exam, it’s a sure thing that your child’s bathroom habits have come up in conversation. Routine elimination of urine and feces is a part of life, but if things aren’t going well in that world, then not much else matters until it’s resolved.
Pediatrician Becky Thomas-Creskoff, MD, with ABC Family Pediatricians–Trexlertown, knows how tricky it is to talk to children about sensitive topics. “Kids can feel embarrassed about toileting issues or concerns about genitalia development,” she says. “But it’s important to discuss and ask those related questions then children and their caregivers become more aware of their normal health and recognize when they need to seek medical care.” Read More»
Denise Keeler, left, director of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s neonatal intensive care unit, holds a plaque from the March of Dimes along with former NICU mothers and their children, from left to right: Regina Wagner and son Riley, Wendy Marraccini and son Tavian, and Michenelle Groller and daughter Hannah.
The March of Dimes also visited Monday to present a plaque to the NICU to recognize its important work for babies born too soon and their families. The organization raises money to fund research to find the causes of premature birth and to provide comfort and information to families.
Among the visitors to the NICU was the Wagner family. Riley Wagner was born 13 weeks early, weighing just 1 pound, 4 ounces, and suffered from respiratory distress, a heart defect, retinopathy of prematurity and a hernia surgery during his first 12 weeks of life. He went home after 87 days. Today, the 1-year-old loves to chase the family cat, go for walks with Mom and Dad and play with his favorite toys. Riley and his parents, Cullin and Regina, are the March of Dimes’ Lehigh Valley Ambassador Family this year, sharing their story to help raise awareness about prematurity. Read More»