Child, Parenting, and Healthcare Provider Issues

NJ's New Child Passenger Safety Law Goes Into Effect Today

As of today, a new (and stricter) child passenger safety law is in effect. Read on for what parents in New Jersey need to know.

Gun Safety in the Home: Webinar from Violence Prevention Initiative

The Violence Prevention Initiative at CHOP is hosting a free webinar entitled, "Counseling Families on Gun Safety in the Home." Gun violence is a complex public health issue in the U.S., and those who counsel families about child access to guns in the home play a pivotal role in keeping children optimally safe. This webinar is for practitioners who want to add gun safe storage tips to their anticipatory guidance on safety in the home.

Suicide Screening in Adolescents: The Potential To Save A Life

This guest blog post authored by Jeremy Esposito, MD, a third year fellow in pediatric emergency medicine at CHOP, explores the topic of adolescent suicide and how the CHOP Emergency Department is employing a Behavioral Health Screen for all adolescents ages 14 to 19.

New Resource Alert: Trauma-informed Clinical Care Guide

The Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress now offers reliable tools based on the DEF protocol to help identify, prevent, and treat traumatic stress responses at the time of need and within scope of practice.

Acceptable Concussion Risk in Professional vs. Youth Athletes

Probably along with many of you, our household cheered when the United States won the Women’s World Cup championship last month. Amidst the excitement for the win, however, one moment in the tournament stands out for me- a controversial decision in the USA vs. Germany game to allow two players back into the match following a head to head collision. Regardless of whether that was the correct call, I think it’s important to recognize that when it comes to concussion risk, coaches and clinicians should take a more conservative approach for youth athletes.

Best Practices for mHealth App Development

Learn about the best practice approaches and steps for developing mHealth apps that have the best chance of improving health from Linda Fleisher, PhD, who leads the Digital Health Initiative at CHOP.

ERs See More Concussion Visits, Order More CT Scans

New CIRP@CHOP brief report describes increase in rates of concussion diagnosis in ERs that correspond to increase in rates of CT scans, which is counter to best practice for neuroimaging.

One Kind Word Training Applied

I recently went through training in One Kind Word alongside my CIRP@CHOP co-workers. At its core, it teaches folks to positively intervene when they see a parent-child conflict in a way that is helpful and supportive to both parent and child. It actually sounds harder than it really is-- as I learned just hours after my training.

Inside the Mind of a 10-year-old: An ED Doctor's Perspective for Pediatricians

After a child has experienced a traumatic medical event involving a visit to the Emergency Department, the follow-up pediatrician visit is crucial to the patient's emotional recovery. Here's what pediatricians should know.

Preventing Injury in Special Olympians

This past weekend, Special Olympics New Jersey held its 2015 Summer Games. Any physical activity does carry risk of injury for my patients with developmental disabilities and parents have to take some extra precautions. One issue that almost always comes up for my patients with Down syndrome is why they need neck x-rays prior to participating in Special Olympics.