The Mighty Blog features stories from around Children’s Minnesota, as well as health and wellness information for raising healthy kids.

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Rare summer spike in RSV cases

“In my 30 years as a pediatric emergency physician at Children’s Minnesota, we’ve never seen this level of RSV illness in the middle of summer,” said Dr. Robert Sicoli, medical director of the Emergency Department.

Children’s Minnesota’s 2021 equity and inclusion summer internship program

Children’s Minnesota is excited to share that we once again hosted interns through our equity and inclusion (E&I) summer internship program during the 2021 summer!

Family Advocacy Week 2021 shines a light on the importance of prioritizing kids’ health care

From June 13 to June 18, 50 patients from 40 children’s hospitals across the country gathered virtually for the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) Speak Now For Kids Family Advocacy Week, to raise awareness about the critical role children’s hospitals play in the community. Our 2021 Children’s Minnesota Champion, Sam Jenkins, and his family participated by advocating for funding and programming for children’s hospitals and children with special health care needs in a week of meetings with lawmakers.

Tips for kids going back to school during COVID-19 with asthma

We talked with Dory Baker, nurse practitioner in the Children’s Minnesota Asthma Clinic, about tips for kids with asthma going back to school in person this year.

Pride Month tips on gender-neutral language

In honor of Pride Month, the PRIDE employee resource group (ERG) at Children’s Minnesota provided tips to be more inclusive and gender-neutral during everyday conversations.

The need for affirming health care for transgender youth

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states gender-affirming care is developmentally appropriate care that is oriented toward understanding and appreciating the child’s gender experience.

Equity: it’s not a dirty word

Marc Gorelick, MD, president and CEO of Children’s Minnesota, shared more about equity on his Starting with Curious blog.

‘A world of difference’: The calming care of Children’s Minnesota staff

Leo had his tonsillectomy in mid-December 2020, at the height of a surge in COVID-19 cases in Minnesota. The team at Children's Minnesota understood the families concerns and took the time to make them feel as comfortable as possible.

Recognizing Mental Health Awareness month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. And, kids have been going through a lot during the COVID-19 pandemic. And as summer approaches and it appears we’re returning to some sense of normalcy, it’s important to check in with our kids. Dr. Sarah Jerstad, pediatric psychologist at Children’s Minnesota, is helping parents navigate these upcoming changes.

Why Kali, a double-lung transplant recipient, got vaccinated against COVID-19

“The vaccine was the light at the end of the tunnel after almost 16 months. Kali just wants to be a kid and not be home all day.”