Caffeine and Kids

Most parents would love to have an ounce of their child’s energy. Science supports the fact that children under the age of 7 years do have more energy than older children and adults. Some researchers attribute it to their deep breathing pattern, which is more effective at oxygenating cells, and others to a child’s ability to live in-the-moment, not distracted by anxiety, worry or regret. What happens when the already-energized child consumes caffeine?

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Pediatric Palliative Care

Our pediatric palliative care team has a shared focus: providing the very best care and experience possible for every patient and family. We are an extra layer of support for you, I tell our patient families.

A lot of what I do as a social worker is listen, support and encourage. I try to help normalize the emotions of parents who are feeling overwhelmed by their child’s health issue. We try to help them navigate their health care experience, providing resources to hopefully make it a little easier.

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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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Quick Kid-approved Meals for Busy Parents

Today, social media and the digital age inundates parents and caregivers with messaging regarding what, when, where, why and how to feed children. Eating healthy is likely a universal goal and I would venture to say that all caregivers desire to serve their children a well-balanced meal three times per day. I, however, would like to challenge what that meal looks like. A healthful meal is not determined by the time it took to prepare. In general “slow food” is healthier, but quick meals can be just as nutritious and buy caregivers more time to enjoy them with their children at a table.

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Reading Past the Headlines

Like we talked about last week, April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness month (#STDMonth18).  The theme of this year is Treat Me Right (#TreatMeRight). This theme has 2 distinct sides: the patient and the provider.  Where last week’s blog focused on the patient and how to be an independent healthcare consumer, this week will focus a little more on providers (but it is good info for everyone!). In order to provide the best care for patients, a healthcare provider needs to know what’s going on in the community, and when to delve a little deeper into rumor vs reality.

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