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Repair the World or Stop It From Breaking?

The three-year old boy had a low grade fever and runny nose. Mom was sleeping in the corner of the room when I came in and barely awakened when I knocked on the door. Our conversation was short and to the point as I went through my routine “it’s a virus, tincture of time” talk. Leaving the room, the mom asked me for a taxi voucher. She did not want to call Freddie’s father for a ride back. With one more question, easily skipped, I learned that she and the child’s father had been fighting about their son’s cough keeping him awake. Freddie’s father had kicked them out of the house to find a doctor to “fix him or I will fix him, and you.” Turns out that Freddie and his mom were living in a house of fear and uncertainty. We see kids like Freddie each day. Sometimes we can sense that something is off but are afraid to ask that next question. Oftentimes, we cannot see the problem until we ask the right questions. Emergency medical providers may not feel that learning about these issues is their role. The first part of addressing a “chronic illness” is recognizing it. The next time you get “that feeling” see what a few straightforward, respectful questions can reveal.

Over the Top - The Case for the Tether

Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted in-person surveys of 479 drivers with forward-facing child restraints equipped with tether anchors. The study found that 56% of these restraints were installed with the tether, and 39% had correct installation of the tether. The drivers’ most common self-reported barriers to tether use were that that they did not know about the tether or they did not know how to use it. Read why its important to emphasize the top tether in parent education...

New Resource Alert: Concussion Symptoms Log

In order to help parents monitor their child's daily symptoms during recovery from a concussion injury, we have developed a simple calendar to help keep track of triggers of concussion symptoms and the characteristics of the symptoms, such as their duration. This and other resources available for parents, school staff, health care providers, and coaches.

"Catch Up" Sleep for Teens May Reduce Crash Risk

Our Colleagues from the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney, Australia recently published a study in JAMA Pediatrics that demonstrates it’s worth it to let your teen sleep in on weekends. Drowsy driving is a common cause of crashes involving teen drivers. Early school start times and after school activities can cut into precious sleep time required by adolescents, who need about 8 ½ to 9 ¼ hours of sleep a night.

Envisioning Future of Pediatric Trauma Care

A few weeks ago, I was invited to participate in a summit of over 50 pediatric trauma specialists from across the country in Winston-Salem, NC. Our goal: to create a 10-year plan to improve pediatric trauma care in the areas of research, treatment, and education. CHOP was well represented at the Pediatric Trauma Summit.

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