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Helping Children Cope with Trauma

Publish Date: 2/8/2017

Most children grow up without a worry in the world – and their only concern is “what’s for dinner?” However, there are some whose lives aren’t as carefree as they should be. Perhaps an earlier traumatic event or accident is affecting their behavior. Washington University Physicians Trauma Response Program has been designed specifically to offer mental health support for children and their families to help them cope and recover.

The Buzz on Energy Drinks and Adolescents

Publish Date: 10/17/2016

energy drink canYour teenage son begins his day with an energy drink, sometimes has one for lunch and then another while he is doing his homework after school. He says it helps him concentrate better.  You are worried this is too much caffeine for his system – and you are right. The caffeinated boost these drinks give can cause a variety of health problems.

Child Health
Pediatrics

The 411 on Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Publish Date: 10/17/2016

little girl being examined by doctorYou could tell your little one was not feeling well -- she had a low-grade fever, was refusing to eat and had tiny blisters in her mouth and on her hands and feet. Her pediatrician said not to worry; it was likely hand, foot and mouth disease and it just needed to run its course. Here are some facts about this viral infection with a name that sounds worse than it is.

Child Health
Pediatrics
Kristine G. Williams

Home Alone

Publish Date: 5/25/2016
Your daughter is 11 years old and insists she is old enough to stay home alone. With the summer months approaching, how do you know if she is ready for this big step?...
Child Health
Pediatrics

A is for Anxiety

Publish Date: 2/17/2016

Your eight-year-old daughter seems excessively shy and has trouble separating from you. It’s been a constant struggle for years, and it is not getting better as she gets older. You’re worried she is missing out on activities other kids her age enjoy. She might be suffering from an anxiety disorder -- the most common form of mental illness in children . . . 

Child Health
Chad M. Sylvester
Pediatric Psychiatry

Are You Making Your Kids Fat?

Publish Date: 2/17/2016
Can’t remember the last time your family ate dinner together around the kitchen table? Is the TV a guest at every meal? Do you let your kids skip breakfast? Do you insist that everyone clean their plate? These are just a few of the reasons children struggle with overeating and weight gain today. It’s within your power to make easy lifestyle changes for the health of your family.
Child Health
Pediatrics
Kristine G. Williams

Clearing the Smoke Screen

Publish Date: 7/1/2015
Your teenager has a new habit – e-cigarettes. Over the past few years, a new generation of American teens has taken up these battery-powered smoking devices who see them as fashionable accessories and a clean, “safe” way to indulge in a grown-up habit. Are e-cigarettes a harmless fun fad or a teen health risk?
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Child Health
Adolescent Medicine
Pediatrics
Sarah Garwood

Variety is Key for Young Athletes

Publish Date: 7/1/2015
Youth baseball season is in full swing. However, it now seems that the competitive nature of the sport drives young baseball players to compete year-round. The result? An increased risk for overuse injuries -- especially in baseball pitchers.
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Child Health
Gregory K. Finn
Jeffrey J. Nepple

Is it Strep?

Publish Date: 4/30/2015

A parent’s initial fear when a child complains about a sore throat is usually, could it be strep? Here is some helpful information when you hear “Mommy, daddy -- my throat hurts.”


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Child Health
Pediatrics
Rachel C. Orscheln

Hip Check

Publish Date: 4/30/2015

Your son thought the stiffness in his hip would go away, so he kept playing competitive soccer. After several weeks, it was even too painful for him to flex his hip beyond a right angle. What could cause a healthy young athlete to be so disabled with hip pain? His orthopedist suspected your son might have hip impingement, a condition that commonly affects active adolescents and young adults.


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Child Health
Orthopedics
John C. Clohisy