Posts By: akunicky

Why do Children Cry on Planes?


Children on airplanes can be a frightful experience for the child, caregiver, and any nearby passenger. Additionally, the weary traveler may be over-tired, hungry, or bored. Ears can certainly be cause for crying on airplanes as well. The membrane that separates the inner ear from the outer world is sensitive to pressure differences. These changes,… Read more »

Protecting Children from Insect Bites


With many of the news headlines focusing on the Zika virus this year, it is more important than ever before to know how to safely and effectively protect your infants or children from insect bites. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC asks Dr. Robin Gehris, chief of Pediatric Dermatology, a few common questions about insect… Read more »

Walking for Bennett


Bennett was born with more complexities than your typical child. One particular complexity that he was born with was a rare, congenital cystic airway malformation  known as congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation, that needed to be removed. In February of this year, Bennett had a full lobectomy, removing the bottom lobe of his right lung. Because he… Read more »

Donate Life. Donate Hope.


“A miracle is when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. A miracle is when one plus one equals a thousand.” ― Frederick Buechner, The Alphabet of Grace A very wise nursing instructor once told a class full of graduating nursing students that one of the best aspects of nursing was the opportunity… Read more »

Why I Volunteer


Ruth Yahr has been serving as a volunteer at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC since June 1988.  She spends Wednesdays and Fridays in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit/Recovery Room where she comforts sedated children after surgery at bedside. Ruth often goes above and beyond her duties to help make a patient and family experience… Read more »