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An iPad allows staff to teach patients about a new diagnosis while making it fun and interactive. An iPad provides a visual and hands on way to teach about a diagnosis and also make sure the patient understands their diagnosis. There are many apps designed by healthcare professionals for diagnosis education with kids. Some of these applications include: “Medikidz explains Type One Diabetes”, “Blast Those Blasts” (for children with cancer, specifically leukemia), “Flow Breather” (for children with cystic fibrosis) and “Wellapets- Asthma Education Pets for Kids.”
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Recently, there has been a lot of discussion in the media about a severe type of respiratory illness affecting many children, mainly in the Midwest. The respiratory illness, caused by an infection with Enterovirus D68, is scary to parents, because it’s hard to differentiate whether their child is ill from this particular virus or just has one of the many other viruses that cause cold- and flu-like symptoms around this time of year.
Sometimes media reports leave families with more questions than answers, which is why Dr. Dianne Glover, one of Swedish’s pediatric infectious disease specialists, wanted to share this information with you:
Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is an unusual form of an otherwise common group of viruses referred to as Enteroviruses. These are hardy viruses that usually spread by the respiratory route, but can also spread by fecal-oral route. It is even possible to become infected by touching a surface contaminated with these viruses.
EV-D68 causes a respiratory illness which can quickly progress from a child behaving like they have a simple runny nose and mild cough to then having serious difficulty breathing. Children ....
In the span of this hot weather streak, we all need a quick refresher and reminder about how quickly children can suffer from heatstroke if left in a hot car. Every summer, there are multiple occasions where children are left in hot cars for a myriad of “excuses” by adults. In 2014 alone there have been 18 deaths of children related to heatstroke obtained by being left alone in a hot car.
Here are some things you must know:
No matter how brief – there are no exceptions! Some adults may think that taking the child in/out of their car seat is cumbersome and they are correct, even if it for what they believe is a “quick stop”. But, remember – the stakes are too high! The car temperatures can get very hot in a very short period of time. There is no safe amount of time to leave children alone in a car.
(Did you know? In 10 minutes a car can heat up 20+ degrees Fahrenheit. Even if it is only 60 degrees outside, the inside of a car can heat up to approximately 110 degrees. “Cracking” the windows does very little to keep the car cool.)
Why is it important to talk with my child?
Talking to your child is an important first step in helping them understand and process any life event and especially a large scale traumatic event. Your child may have already heard about the event through school, social media, friends or other sources. Taking the initiative to talk with them allows you the opportunity to clarify the facts, answer questions and provides them a chance to share their own feelings.
What should I tell my child?
A typical scenario is a child whose pain seems worst in the mornings after awakening and towards the evening, especially after dinner or before bedtime. Often the child doesn’t want to eat breakfast and if forced, tells his parents he feels nauseated. When asked where the pain is, the child most often points to the area around his belly button.
More often than not, depending on a few other factors, the diagnosis ends up being ...
Fireworks are a big cause of injuries, not only to children, but to adults alike. We collectively spend thousands of dollars on things that make the loudest “BOOM”, the brightest lights in the sky, or provide the longest show. We don’t anticipate spending additional money, hundreds to thousands of dollars, on emergency care that comes from the accidents caused by fireworks.
Here are some tips to help you have a safe 4th of July celebration:
Pet therapy is a wonderful service that Swedish provides to all pediatric patients and families who are not on isolation precautions. A trained handler escorts a certified pet therapy dog room to room, visiting patients and their families at the bedside, taking the time to provide therapeutic services to all who would like it.
Spending time with an animal has been proven to improve patient’s emotional status and ability to cope with their hospital stay. Each pet therapy partner ...