adolescent

Asthma – questions answered

by Jacqueline Watts, B.S., P.A. student What is asthma? Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in children. It affects the airways leading to your lungs. Airways become sensitive to allergens and triggers which irritate the airways causing them to get tighter and become inflamed. Asthma is a very common reason for missed …

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Executive Function Issues

Some children evaluated for ADHD are found to not have ADHD but rather executive function problems. On the other hand, many children with ADHD also have executive function problems. What are some clues that your child has executive function problems? Their backpack/bedroom looks like an explosion They cannot keep track of what homework is due …

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When you live with the bear – ACEs

Some children present to me with complex problems or multiple problems that fail to resolve after the typical interventions. I recall a child with severe abdominal pain. He had tried numerous medicines and had had scopes and studies galore. It had reached the point where he was being scheduled for exploratory surgery to try and …

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Volunteering can help teens with and without emotional challenges

Many teens have the classic teen angst and some have a dissatisfied attitude. Others face true depressive feelings. One way to work through this is to help others in the greater community. The Dalai Lama tweeted about this topic as seen below. Teens can learn a great deal by helping others. Whether a teen volunteers …

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Parenting a child with gender-identity concerns

Children who identify with a gender other than that assigned at birth in the past perhaps struggled in isolation until reaching adulthood. Today children can simply turn on the TV or pick up a paper and see people with a variety of gender identities. As a pediatrician, I have had parents call as their children …

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Motivating patients to change

Meeting patients where they are to motivate change – Motivational interviewing Often as part of a well-child check with a teenager we discuss risky behaviors such as unsafe sex or drug or alcohol use. It is important to discuss these topics in a way that helps the teen make healthy choices without being preachy. It’s …

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