Child, Parenting, and Healthcare Provider Issues
December 2, 2014Working at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, I have been impressed by our medical teams’ efforts to support children and families by paying attention to both their physical treatment and recovery, as well as their emotional recovery. In assessing our patients for medical treatment, many questions need to be answered for our team to help promote optimal recovery and to minimize negative emotional reactions such as posttraumatic stress. We recently developed a new model to help organize our thought processes and questions around recovery from medical events and to fuel future research in understanding factors that are associated with child outcomes.
November 20, 2014Patty Huang recently presented a webinar on safety in children with special health care needs (CHSCN), hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services' Injury and Violence Prevention and CYSHCN Programs. In it, she describes key factors that place CSHCN at risk for unintentional injuries, and reviews strategies for injury prevention that families of CHSCN should know. Here are some links to access the presentation.
November 13, 2014Elopement, or wandering, is the most common "problematic" behavior related to safety that I encounter in my practice and can potentially lead to pedestrian traffic injuries. Learn what clinicians, schools, and parents can do.
November 11, 2014To 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.
October 28, 2014Pumpkins, 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.
October 15, 2014Last 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:
September 23, 2014In 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.
September 18, 2014Recent 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.
September 4, 2014As 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.