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.”
If only every child’s visit to the doctor was
easy and hassle-free, ending with a sticker and a smile. But that’s not always
the case — especially for anxiety-prone kids who dread shots or other medical procedures.
“Anxiety about being in a medical office is very
normal,” says Amy Stockhausen, MD, a UW Health pediatrician.
Last month, Instagram’s VP, Adam Mosseri, promised to ban images of self-harm on the site after the social media network was blamed for the suicide of a British teen. Facebook has made a similar move to enforce policies against posts about self-harm and suicide.
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil and products made from it, including capsules, sprays, lotions, edibles, and “vapes”, have become immensely popular in just a few years and is now sold and marketed to treat a wide range of diseases. Buying products made from CBD oil became legal in Wisconsin for treatment of seizure disorders in 2014 with Lydia’s Law, which expanded to include any medical condition with note from health provider in 2017, and finally available to general public in 2018. But what exactly is being sold and does it really help?
Chronic headaches in children are common and only very rarely signal a more serious problem.
But for worried parents – concerned about managing their child’s pain and ensuring they can still participate in school and normal daily activities – dealing with it all can be… well, a big headache.
It’s often difficult to pinpoint a single cause, but most chronic headaches in kids can be tied back to some key triggers, says Cassie Meffert, a physician assistant in UW Health’s Pediatric Neurology Headache Clinic.