Child, Parenting, and Healthcare Provider Issues

New Resource Alert: After The Injury or Illness Tipsheets for Siblings in English and Spanish

To help families cope after a sibling has been injured, the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress (CPTS) has created evidence-based tipsheets in both English and Spanish. These helpful resources were developed based on recommendations from the CPTS Family Advisory Board.

Autumn Safety

Pumpkins, Halloween, apple cider...fall is filled with fun foods and events. But as I drove home from work one day and became temporarily blinded by the setting sun, it reminded me of how we need to adjust our own safety awareness to the season. Tell children why being a defensive pedestrian and walking walk in groups on Halloween are good ideas. You can't assume drivers will see you in time to prevent hitting you.

Fire Safety for Individuals with Disabilities

Last week, a fire broke out at Elwyn Institute, a living facility for adults with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities are at higher risk of dying in a residential fire--as high as 6 times as likely--according to some studies. Here are some fire safety precautions that every family of a child with a disability needs to know:

Concussion Diagnoses in the ED: Ensuring symptoms are not overlooked

In a patient with direct trauma to the head and who presents with clear symptoms, the diagnosis of concussion is generally straightforward. However, it can be much more challenging to diagnose a subtle concussion, particularly among patients with multiple injuries or non-direct head trauma.

The Role of the Pediatrician in Child Passenger Safety

Recent CHOP research published in The Journal of Pediatrics explores the awareness, attitudes, and dissemination practices of pediatricians two years following the release of the revised policy statement on child passenger safety from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Jumping into a Healthy and Safe School Year with Your School Nurse

As the health care experts within the school, school nurses are a vital part of promoting the health and wellness of students. Unfortunately, many schools are either cutting back on school nurses’ hours or completely eliminating them due to budget cuts.

ADHD, Medications and Driving

ADHD and Driving: Medications for condition may show promise in promoting safer driving.

#TeenSummer Safety Focus of Upcoming Twitter Chat

CIRP@CHOP’s Flaura Winston, MD, PhD (@safetymd) will be a special guest for an upcoming Twitter Chat on teen summer safety hosted by the Office of Adolescent Health (@TeenHealthGov). The Twitter Chat will cover information and tips on how adolescents can stay healthy and safe during the summer months, focusing on sun health, pool and swim safety, and traffic, bike, and pedestrian safety. If you’re on Twitter, follow along and join the conversation using the hashtag #TeenSummer.

Parent Injury Can Cause Stress for a Child

Nearly two decades ago our team was planning a follow-up study with parents of injured children treated in the Emergency Department. In the very first phone interview for the study, I spoke with the mother of a teenager injured in a traffic crash. She was very happy to answer our questions about her son’s recovery but quickly added, “You should be asking about me! My son is doing well now. I am a mess.” She went on to describe feeling worried and afraid every time her son left the house, even though she knew he was not in real danger. This mother’s voice was crucial. She reminded us of the importance of asking about a parent’s own responses to a child’s injury. But what happens to the child when it is the parent who is injured?

Neknomination- A Dangerous New Trend in Social Media

Peer pressure and cyber bullying are unfortunate, but increasingly well-studied, facets of adolescent life. But what if these two behavior-influencing tactics were combined and used to fuel an over-the-top drinking game? In a new phenomenon called “Neknominate,” this is exactly what occurs. Read on to find out why older teens and adults are among the first victims of this extreme social media "challenge."

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