Blog posts by UW Health

Deck the Halls Safely This Season

The holidays are a time for spending with family and friends, not rushing to the emergency room. Whether you’re preparing to decorate your own home, or going to visit relatives or friends, keep the following tips in mind to help everyone have a merry and safe holiday.


If you decorate a tree, avoid these top decorating mistakes:

  • Decorate with children in mind. Do not put ornaments that have small parts or metal hooks, or look like food or candy, on the lower branches where small children can reach them.
  • Keep the glass ornaments off the tree until children are older as they can be easily broken.

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Baby McKinnley

Watch a miracle baby’s first weeks of life through the lens of UW Health photographer John Maniaci

Miracles happen every day at American Family Children’s Hospital.

This sound-slideshow, photographed and produced by UW Health photographer John Maniaci, provides a raw, unfiltered window into one of these miracle stories: Baby McKinnley Murray.

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Eye Problems or Learning Disability

Vision Problem or Learning Disability“My child is having problems learning in school. Is there something wrong with his eyes?” This is a very common question asked by parents and teachers alike when children seem to be struggling to learn at their grade level. Learning disabilities – including reading disabilities – are most commonly diagnosed in childhood. Perhaps as many as 2.6 million children are affected.

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Teaching Kids to Cook: 8 Steps to Stay Safe in the Kitchen

Kids CookingTeaching kids to cook is an important life skill, but when they want to do more than make ants on a log on their own, how can you make sure they’re ready to make the transition from prep cook to sous chef in the kitchen?

Even young children can learn how to do “grown up” tasks in the kitchen. And often, will take their responsibilities quite seriously. But it’s still important to provide supervision.

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