Author: Jessica Cerretani

Assessing pain in our tiniest patients

Babies in the NICU can feel pain

An infant rests in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), recovering from elective surgery. She’s crying, but is it because the procedure caused pain, because she’s hungry or for some other reason? An inspired research collaboration between the NICU and the Division of Pain Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital is determined to find out. …Read More

Pediatric cerebral aneurysms: Five things to know

insight on pediatric aneurysms

It’s been said that kids aren’t simply small adults — an adage that also rings true when it comes to cerebral aneurysms. These bulges in the blood vessels of the brain are relatively rare: About 3 percent of the world’s population has an un-ruptured, asymptomatic brain aneurysm. Of those people, just 0.5 percent to 4.6 percent are children. …Read More

Expert’s Corner: Four ways epilepsy care is changing


On May 6, clinicians and families gathered at the 2017 Clavin Conference for Family Education in Epilepsy to discuss the latest information about this condition. A major theme that emerged at the conference was that epilepsy isn’t a one-size-fits-all condition — and seizure activity can change over time as young brains develop. Because children are one of the fastest-growing groups of Americans being diagnosed with epilepsy, keeping up with the latest in clinical care for epilepsy is crucial, says Phillip Pearl, MD, director of the Epilepsy Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. Here, he shares four recent trends in the field. …Read More