Children and Juice

Fruit juice is one of those items that benefits from its association – it’s made from fruit, after all, so what could be the problem?

UW Health clinical nutritionist Alicia Bosscher, RD, says it’s all about the fiber. Or rather, the lack of it.

“We often think juice has a lot of Vitamin C and that’s good for our immune systems,” she says. “But the problem is that you take out the fiber that’s found in whole fruit and what’s left is basically just sugar.”

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Caffeine packs more than an energy punch

This week, we are reposting this blog on caffeine in light of the recent death of a previously healthy South Carolina teen.  In the hours prior to his death, he consumed 3 caffeinated drinks — a cafe latte, a large Diet Mountain Dew and an energy drink. This toxic mix likely caused his heart to have an abnormal rhythm.

Meanwhile, back in 2014…

An Ohio teen mysteriously dies just days away from his high school graduation.  One month later, the coroner finds the cause of death: caffeine overdose.  He had more than 70 micrograms of caffeine per milliliter of blood in his system, 23 times the amount of a typical coffee or soda drinker.  In his room, the teen’s mom found bags of white powder later identified as caffeine powder.  This caffeine powder was bought online and is totally legal.

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Parent-to-Parent Peer Pressure

It’s a common scenario – the kids come home from school one day and start talking about something they want. Maybe it’s a new video game, a new phone, or to go on a trip to some far locale. And inevitably it includes the phrase, “but everyone else has one, and I’m the only one who doesn’t!” (or something similar).

As a parent it can be difficult – after all, we are all familiar with feeling left out. And perhaps we’re even a bit worried on how we’ll be judged by other parents. Social media can increase that pressure, too – pictures of seemingly perfect birthday parties with coordinating colors and cute themes; smiling family vacation photos from Disney World; presents overflowing from beneath the Christmas tree; endless photos of successful sports activities. It just doesn’t seem to end.

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Social Media in Schools

Social media in schoolsMany schools have been in the news for negative things (televised fights, threats of violence, inappropriate relationships between teachers and students, etc.), but Madison schools just made the news for some innovation.  Four Madison schools (2 middle and 2 high schools) are piloting a program that shuts down free Wi-Fi access to certain social media apps (including Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more) during school hours. Don’t worry- the students will still be able to access school email through their devices and be able to communicate with family in emergency situations. The goal of this program is to see if grades, student behavior, and school safety improve with fewer online distractions.  Interesting, can I do the same while teens are in my clinic?

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You Likely Won’t Remember My Name. And That’s OK.

Your child needs surgery…now what?  

Well, after the clinic visits, and the lab tests, and the phone calls, you arrive at the American Family Children’s Hospital on the day of surgery, anxious about nearly everything. You sit in the preoperative holding area or up on the floor, waiting with your hungry and probably-cranky baby or child. When it’s finally time to go back to the operating room, I will come in and introduce myself as your child’s OR nurse. You will only interact with me for five to ten minutes. But I will care for your child during their entire surgery.   Read more

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