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.
The holidays can be a time of fun and lots of festivities. But what people often underestimate is how stressful they can be for both adults and kids. Winter break, traveling to see family, late nights with friends can all take their toll.
But, Dr. Marcia Slattery, UW Health child and adolescent psychiatrist and director of the UW Anxiety Disorders Program explains that what’s really at the root of the stress is that we lose our daily routine. Read more
It’s the middle of the night. You’re woken by your child’s crying. While it could be a number of things, two possibilities include night terrors or nightmares. How will you know what’s going on, and more importantly what can you do to help your child?
Every living creature, great and small, needs to sleep. Our mind depends on it and our body depends on it. Our physical and emotional health is impacted by our ability to get restful, restorative sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the amount of sleep you need each night varies with age and is especially impacted by lifestyle and health.
It’s official: there is about one month left of summer before school starts up for most adolescents. While there’s a lot to talk about at this time of year – everything from insect repellent for those nasty mosquitoes to the high rates of underage drinking at summer music festivals – I’m going to focus on a conversation that I find myself in with many of my teenage patients at this time of year: