Blog posts by UW Health Kids

Teens and Weightlifting

When we think of weightlifting, our first thought may not be about kids – but in reality, it can be a good form of exercise. Alison Regal, exercise specialist with UW Health’s Sports Performance program, explains that it fulfills many dimensions of overall wellness – including the social, physical, emotional and even intellectual.

“Weightlifting can help increase bone mineral density and lean muscle mass. It helps to prevent injury and increases athletic performance. From an emotional perspective it can be a great way to relieve stress. If you’re part of a team – weightlifting can increase team cohesiveness and participating in a weightlifting program can increase an athlete’s confidence, open their mind to new experiences and help them step outside their comfort zone” she says.

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Asthma Study: High-dose Inhaled Corticosteroids

A study recently published by researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health found that short-term increases to high-dose of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) does not effectively prevent asthma flare-ups in children, but does that mean it’s time to rip up your child’s asthma treatment plan?

“Parents definitely should not change their child’s asthma plan without first talking to their doctor,” said Daniel Jackson, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at UW.

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Heart Health Starts Early

When we think about eating or exercise for heart health, our first thought usually isn’t about kids’ health. On the contrary – many times we see childhood as a time of indulgence. Ice cream after a soccer game, pizza and a root beer float on the side, and let’s not forget about Halloween.

“I’m a working mom with two kids – I get it. I understand the desire to indulge,” says UW Health pediatric cardiologist Amy Peterson, MD.  “But the reality is that as parents one of our most important jobs is to help our kids grow to be healthy adults.”

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Dispelling Pregnancy Myths

Dr. Kristen Sharp, UW Health obstetrician gynecologist, realizes there is a lot of misinformation about pregnancy. She co-hosted a Facebook Live session recently to set the record straight on many of the common questions women have. Below are her insights, many of which also are addressed during CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care sessions.

Watch for a future post from her co-host, Dr. Jasmine Zapata, pediatrician, who covered common questions about newborn care.

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Chronic Headaches in Kids

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.

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