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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Children’s Minnesota advocates for kids at the Capitol

Several bills aimed to improve the health and well-being of children will be discussed in 2020. focusing on issues ranging from tobacco and vaping to closing the state’s achievement gap.

Work Here Wednesday: Supervisor of Provider Enrollment

Children’s Minnesota is seeking to fill a management role in our Revenue Management department. The Supervisor of Provider Enrollment is responsible for overseeing three Payer Enrollment Coordinators and the workflows within the department.

Children’s Hospital Association announces $743,300 in pledges to Children’s Minnesota

Children's Hospital Association is continuing 90 years of support with record-breaking investments into programs that make a world of difference to Children's Minnesota patients and families.

Should I read to my baby?

Reading to your baby can help them learn how to interact with the world around them as well as help them bond with you. Read on to learn more about the benefits of reading.

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Pertussis: What is it? How can I prevent my child from getting it?

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a serious disease that can be deadly to infants. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, there have been 555 total number of pertussis cases reported as of Dec. 31, 2019.

Influenza sees record highs at Children’s Minnesota

Experts now consider the flu to be widespread in the US and Minnesota and it appears to be hitting kids harder. Children's saw 325 lab-confirmed influenza cases during the last week of December. We also saw more flu-related hospitalizations during this period. Normally, 10-15 children are admitted to our hospitals in a week, but the last week of December saw 28 new hospitalizations for the illness.

Doctor giving child essential oils

Essential oils: Can they help kids heal?

At Children’s Minnesota, we use essential oils in a clinical setting to help produce effects on kids’ bodies and minds. Smells can produce a feeling of relaxation or sleepiness, and even help with nausea, headaches or fatigue.

Shelby Herlick's family standing on a dirt road holding hands

Raising the unexpected: Charlie’s story of three open heart surgeries

Shelby Herlick's son, Charlie, had undergone three open heart surgeries before he was 6 months old. Shelby talks about living life with the unexpected.

How to curb winter nosebleeds

During winter months, kids are spending more time in dry indoor air, which causes the inside of the nose to become cracked, crusted and itchy and may lead to nosebleeds. Learn more about what parents need to know about treating and preventing nosebleeds.

teen vaping

Tips to quit vaping

Quitting vaping isn't easy, that's why Dr. Anne Griffiths, pediatric pulmonologist and vaping expert at Children's Minnesota, is sharing how parents can help their kids quit vaping and e-cigarette usage this year.