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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Learning Medical Independence

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 provider and the patient. For providers, it means obtaining an accurate medical and social history (including risk-taking behaviors, like sexual activity) for every patient. For patients, it means knowing how to ask providers for the care that they need and deserve, for sexual health as well as all other kinds of health.  How to be an independent health care consumer is an important skill to learn for all teens and young adults.

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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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Straight to the Point: Vaccinations for Your Teenager

Overheard in clinic last week (and a variation of this statement is heard at least once every single week… ): Parent says to the teen, “If you keep mouthing off, I’ll tell the doctor to give you shots.” No. Not appropriate to use the threats of vaccines as punishment.

We get it – nobody likes shots, not kids, not parents, and certainly not teenagers.  When we see teenagers in clinic for their sports physicals or annual physicals, it is not uncommon for one or multiple vaccinations to be recommended.  “BUT I thought I was done with vaccinations”, they protest – their eyes get wide, then they narrow – “I have an important basketball game tomorrow” or “I’m feeling kind of sick”.  You will get no argument from your health care team that vaccines aren’t very fun, but let’s talk about the vaccinations recommended in the teenage years and why they are so important for your child’s health!

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As my daughter’s high school graduation date approaches, I have been paying a little less attention to the messages that come from the school. I can’t help it… I’m more concerned about plans for college than the business of today. I know I should be more in the moment. Is there a parent version of ‘senioritis?’ I think I have it.

Some school messages do grab my attention though. My daughter and I got a kick out of the message expressing concern about ‘grinding’ on the dance floor and how said ‘grinding’ (always in quotes) was prohibited at all future dances. Although they didn’t define ‘grinding,’ I knew what they meant.

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