You return from a camping trip only to find your seven year
old is complaining that her legs are really itchy. The red, swollen skin could
mean poison ivy or poison oak. Should you be concerned?
While it can be hard to live with the itching sometimes, rashes
– also called dermatitis – are often not something to worry about although
there are times where they may need medical treatment.
June is an important month for gun violence awareness, with communities designating a specific day, weekend, or even the whole month to the issue. Even though June is over, it doesn’t mean the campaign that aims to prevent senseless deaths caused by firearms will stop caring.
The Wear Orange Campaign and National Gun Violence Awareness Day was inspired by Chicago teens who refused to be silent in the face of gun violence after their 15-year-old friend, Hadiya Pendleton, was killed by a stray bullet days after performing at President Obama’s second inauguration. June 2 was her birthday; they selected orange because it is the color used by hunters to protect themselves.
Warm weather is here and that means lawn mowing season is in full swing. While it seems like a routine house chore, lawn mowing can pose danger for kids and adults. Take a minute to review the dangers that we need to be aware of to keep our kids safe.
Navigating your child’s teen years can be a challenge. Some topics
are simpler than others when it comes to offering advice. Dating, puberty, and
driving can be major milestone events for your teenagers and no doubt they will
have questions. Let’s discuss everything from your teenager’s fear of rejection
to menstruation and its potential effect on seizure frequency.
Most adults realize that cancer is a complex disease, but it can be even harder for children to understand the situation surrounding a cancer diagnosis and treatment. When the disease is affecting a close relative, most parents wonder how much they should tell their kids about cancer.
“I think for parents, they have worries about how to break the news to their children and whether they will say the right thing or be able to get the words out,” says UW Health psychologist Lori DuBenske, PhD.