Helping Kids Cope During the Uncertainty of Coronavirus

With constant news on the pandemic, closures and cancellations, along with constant messaging on how to avoid infection, to say this situation is overwhelming is an understatement. In fact, Dr. Marcia Slattery, UW Health Professor of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatrics, and Director of the UW Anxiety Disorders Program, finds that the Coronavirus has created high levels of anxiety and stress for not just adults but for kids too. “It is out of the norm for everyone. The whole situation unfolded so quickly, leaving many people feeling shocked and in uncharted territory.”

Dr. Slattery shares her tips for helping kids manage during stressful times.

One Step Closer to Self-Acceptance

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) is from February 24th to March 1st, and this year’s theme is Come as You Are: Hindsight is 20/20. This theme encourages those with eating disorders to reflect on the positive steps they have taken — including those stemming from setbacks or challenges — toward accepting themselves and others.  I have written many blogs on eating disorders and body image problems.  These blogs are usually pretty gloomy. For a change and in keeping with this year’s theme, I’m going to focus on a positive movement.

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Button Battery Dangers

Parents are well aware that young children love to explore their environment.  Unfortunately, a common component of that exploration involves young children putting objects they find in their mouth objects.  While every parent knows this, parents aren’t always aware that there can be serious hidden dangers in seemingly innocent-looking common household objects.

Many electronic devices, such as remote controls, flameless candles, watches and bathroom scales, are powered by small coin-shaped batteries also known as button batteries.  While a space efficient source of power, these button batteries can cause serious harm when accidentally ingested by a young child. Read more

“Beads of Courage” Inspires Many Families

Families who have a baby being cared for in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) typically spend a lot of time in the hospital – an average of 24 days at American Family Children’s Hospital.

Typically, there are many steps along the journey of care before a baby is healthy enough to go home or return to the local NICU to feed and grow. Understandably, the days and nights often become a blur, making it hard for families to remember each stop along the journey of care.

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