I recently wrote a short post for the Issaquah Soccer Club on the topic of sports & energy drinks - click here to read the post.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Do you know what it is? Do you know what symptoms people suffer from? Do you know that 1.4 million Americans have IBD, and that it can affect both children and adults alike? The gastroenterology team at Swedish takes care of both children and adults who suffer with this chronic, disease of the gastrointestinal tract.
As the pediatric gastroenterology nurse who works intimately with the pediatric IBD patients at Swedish, I know all too well that many can suffer with the “ups and downs” of this sometimes debilitating disease. Often, I tend to hear from kids when they are “down”, but my favorite time to hear from them is when they are excited about upcoming special events like the “Take Steps” walk, or Camp Oasis (a camp just for kids with IBD), both events sponsored by the CCFA. It’s often at these events, that children first say that they start to feel “normal”.
This year, we want to invite you to ...
A concussion is a mild brain injury that causes a change in mental status that can occur with direct insult to the head. A concussion may also occur with movement of the body that cause acceleration/deceleration forces to the head.
What are the symptoms of a concussion?
- Loss of consciousness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Difficulty balancing
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to noise
- Ringing in the ears
- A healthcare provider should evaluate every child or adolescent suspected of a concussion.
- If this occurs during a sporting event, the child should sit out the rest of the game
- Your provider may conduct a standardized neuropsych assessment to help guide return to activities/sports
- Rest, rest and more rest!
- Absence from school may initially be necessary until one can concentrate on a task without exacerbating symptoms
- Avoid excessive time texting, on the computer, watching television, playing video games or listening to loud music
- Return to activity too soon can lead to worsening and prolonged symptoms. A second injury to the brain while the brain is healing can lead to severe brain injury that is life-threatening
A person with a concussion should not return to play until they no longer have symptoms at rest for at least 24 hours. Return to play should then be a step-wise progression. The child/adolescent should be symptom free for 24 hours before progressing to the next level of play:
- Light aerobic exercise (e.g.: walking)
- Sport-specific exercise
- Non-contact training drills
- Full contact practice
- Return to play (Must first be cleared by a provider)
Swedish’s Spine, Sports and Musculoskeletal Medicine team has developed a Sports Concussion Clinic with the following resources:
- Baseline neurocognitive testing with a computerized exam called ImPACT can be done prior to playing a sport to assess changes and recovery if a concussion occurs.
- Comprehensive concussion management, including clearance for return-to-play
Check out your local farmers market or produce aisle for something new and seasonal. Search the web or your favorite cook book for ideas on preparation, and don’t be afraid! Find recipes with some of your other favorite flavors or styles and you may just find your new favorite vegetable.
2. Get sneaky
- Pureed peppers, zucchini or carrots can be “snuck” into tomato sauces for pasta or pizza. Not even the pickiest eater will notice!
- Cauliflower, carrots or sweet potato can be steamed and pureed into mashed potatoes or a casserole.
- Have a ...
Regardless of what service your child will be receiving at the hospital, there are ways in which you can better prepare them and yourself for what to expect during your stay.
At Swedish, Child Life Specialists help children and families cope with the hospital process. Child Life Specialists are available to help educate and prepare children and families prior to surgery and/or an inpatient stay. Some tips on how to prepare your child for an inpatient stay include .....
This is often the first question I’m asked by a parent with a new cancer diagnosis. One of the most important things for parents to remember is that they know their children better than anyone else and they love them more than anyone…they can trust themselves to do this well.
Beyond that general reassurance, however, there are some practical tips for talking with children about a cancer diagnosis.
Prepare for the conversation
Think about your goals for the conversation. What does your child need to know? How you can help your child understand what’s going on? How do you want your child to feel after the talk? Who should tell your child you have cancer and can the person talking to your child stay relatively calm?
When and where should I have this conversation? You don’t have to wait until you have all the answers. Be prepared to ...
Treatment for ...