At Children’s Hospital Colorado, we understand that some health concerns follow parents and children through every age and stage. The following questions will help prepare you for those common rites of passage.
Each one of us arrives at that time in our lives when we truly understand that being in good health is extremely important. This realization can arrive at any time; in fact, this understanding of the significance of good health seems to vary for everyone and really does depend on various life factors.
Parental pop quiz: your kid comes home from school with a stomachache — do you limit their Flamin’ Hot Cheetos intake or head straight to the pediatrician’s office? Being a parent is anything but easy, but trying to treat your child’s mysterious aches and pains can be particularly tricky; especially since kids seem to get sick so often, thanks to a developing immune system and an insatiable curiosity about the surrounding world.
More than 90 percent of upper respiratory infections are caused by viruses. These infections create different symptoms at each stage. Most colds and flus go away in about a week, although some symptoms (like coughing) can take two or three weeks to go away completely.
Unfortunately, some degree of trauma is a fact of life for many kids these days. The media is full of stories that can cause children to become anxious, stressed or fearful: shootings, school violence, natural disasters, and conflicts abroad. Closer to home, some kids face physical, verbal or sexual abuse, neglect and maltreatment or even long separations from parents serving overseas.
You know the typical pattern: the blare of your alarm clock forces you up, but you can’t shake the zombie-like trance from another less-than-restful night.You chug espresso shots to make it through the day, but by bedtime you’re so wired, you lie awake in the dark scrolling through Facebook. After a fitful few hours of tossing and turning, the cycle starts again. If this sounds like it’s ripped from the pages of your sleep journal, then you’re in good company. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 50 and 70 million U.S. adults don’t get enough sleep. The...