BabyCam Now on All 44 NICU Children’s Hospital Beds; Technology Allows Parents to See Their Infants 24/7

Now every newborn in Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) has the opportunity to become something of a media star. That’s because as of this week, every crib in the NICU is equipped with BabyCam, a web camera service that allows families and friends to see a hospitalized infant through an ongoing live video stream accessed via a secure website.

As long as you have been provided the proper BabyCam ID and password by the parents, you can see the baby on your computer or cellphone any time you’d like as long as the infant is in the NICU. Any number of viewers can access a BabyCam at one time.

“There are now cameras located at all 44 bed positions,” says Sharon Kromer, BSN, RN, clinical coordinator, telehealth services at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). “We’re in the process of enrolling all families who request the service.” Read More »

Disney Channel’s Peyton List to Appear at Special Free Local Event

Peyton ListYou may know her as Emma Ross on the Disney Channel Original Series “Jessie.” If you don’t, it’s a good bet your adolescent son or daughter does. Rest assured, when Peyton List visits the Lehigh Valley on May 31 in connection with Community Canvas, a lot of area children are going to be excited.

Community Canvas is presented by Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital in conjunction with Radio Disney Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley Art Spark. It has involved aspiring artists from five area elementary schools taking part in four events. At each event, 10 artists are given a lunchbox full of supplies and 45 minutes to create a piece of artwork based on a particular healthy theme. The mission behind Community Canvas is to promote healthy eating habits and all-around wellness for all Lehigh Valley children. Artwork from all Community Canvas events will be displayed in a new Children’s Hospital art gallery and through Lehigh Valley Health Network facilities.

The top eight artists qualify for the Grand Finale, scheduled for the Mayfair Festival of the Arts 2-4 p.m. on Memorial Day (May 26). The overall winner will receive a prize pack from Radio Disney Philadelphia as well as a private meet and greet opportunity with Peyton List at the event at the Allentown YMCA/YWCA, beginning at 1:30 p.m.  Registration for this public appearance is available at LVHN.org/canvas. The first 150 people who register will receive premium access to the event, which will include a public meet and greet and autograph opportunity with the Disney Channel star. Read More »

Children’s Asthma Health Fair Offers Free Screenings, Pediatrician’s Info About Medications

As any parent of a child with asthma knows, watching your child struggle to breathe is terrifying. Asthma, caused by swelling in the airways, is a leading cause of missed school days and hospital visits for children.

But children with asthma can lead more active and healthy lives when the condition is properly managed. You’re invited to learn how at a Children’s Asthma Health Fair on Thursday in Hazleton.

The event, from 5:30-7 p.m., will feature educational booths as well as free health screenings to measure lung function, pulse, oxygen and blood pressure.

At 6:30 p.m., Lehigh Valley Health Network pediatrician James Caggiano, MD, will discuss how to use rescue and anti-inflammatory medications to control your child’s asthma. Read More »

Pediatric Gastroenterologist Adam Paul, DO, Puts Child, Family at Ease – VIDEO

“Seeing a child get better is the greatest feeling in the world,” says Adam Paul, DO, a pediatric gastroenterologist with Pediatric Specialists of the Lehigh Valley.

He knows a sick child affects the whole family, so he works to put everyone at ease and educate them about the specialized care he’s able to provide close to home, at Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Paul is board-certified in pediatrics. Get to know him with this video.

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Vote for Your Favorite Artwork From Our Third Community Canvas Event

Kids painting at Community Canvas 3The third Community Canvas event is complete. Now it’s time to go to Facebook and determine our second winner.

On Monday night, 10 students from Slatington Elementary School brought their artistic talents to the third Community Canvas event at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg’s main lobby. Community Canvas is presented by Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital in conjunction with Radio Disney Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley Art Spark.

At the event, 10 artists were given a lunchbox full of supplies and 45 minutes to create a piece of artwork based on a particular healthy theme. Audience members who attended the event Friday voted for their favorite artwork. But there’s still some voting to do.  Read More »