Back to School with a Chronic Illness

Getting ready to start a new school year can be a time of anxiety and even stress for any family, but especially those families who are managing a chronic illness.

In the weeks before school starts, it can be helpful to begin transitioning back to a school year routine – that might include going to bed and getting up earlier, maybe even shifting eating schedules to more closely align with the school day.

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7 Yoga Poses for Kids

While the thought of trying to fit yet one more thing into the day might be overwhelming, following a simple sequence of yoga poses can be a great way to help kids wind down at night or even get them moving in the morning. Certified yoga instructor Katie Schwartz, with UW Health’s Center for Wellness, offers a simple sequence to help kids get moving in the morning, or wind down at night.

A few tips when performing the poses:

  • Make sure you have enough space to stretch out without bumping into anything
  • Listen to your body – if a pose doesn’t feel comfortable, don’t force it
  • Hold each pose for three breaths before moving to the next
  • It isn’t a race to finish – move slowly and stay relaxed
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How to Keep Sports Positive for Kids

Roughly three out of four families in the U.S. have at least one child who plays an organized sport, which is around 45 million kids. Yet, nearly 80 percent of those kids have stopped playing organized sports by the time they’re 15. Youth sports is a multi-billion-dollar industry these days, but participation in sports seems to be declining – by as much as 20 percent in some sports. While there is a lot of debate as to why any parent who has kids who participate probably has a few opinions of their own.

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Protecting Gymnasts from Injury

In gymnastics, the demand for strength, flexibility and aesthetics – or form and appearance – combined with repetitive impact can be taxing on young bodies and put them at greater risk for injuries and strains.

“The most common location of injury for female gymnasts is the lower extremity – ankle sprains and knee overuse injuries. Traumatic knee injuries include a cruciate rupture or meniscus tear” explains Jan Mussallem, UW Health physical therapist. “Male gymnasts tend to experience upper extremity injuries in the shoulder and wrist.”

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Common Summertime Rashes

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.

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