I weigh my words (pun intended) every time I address the topic of a child’s obesity in the exam room. Yes, I know, you probably want to tell me that I shouldn’t use that word — “obese” — and I promise that I don’t. But in the child’s electronic medical record, that’s the official coding if the child’s body mass index is at or above the 95th percentile for age and gender. And medical providers, just like parents, may find themselves walking a difficult line as they try to discuss this fraught subject without increasing the distress that many children are already feeling.
“Guilt and blame don’t motivate change, they just make people feel bad, and when people feel bad, they don’t tend to be motivated toward healthy behavior,” said Dr. Stephen J. Pont, an assistant professor at the University of Texas Dell Medical School.
Several states and the Trump administration are fervently searching for stopgap measures to keep insurance for low-income children while Congress debates spending for the national program.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program expired Sept. 30, but Congress has been in no rush to fund the program since states aren’t expected to run out of funding yet. The Trump administration has taken steps to shore up states that will run out of funding soon as states try to figure out where to plug funding holes.
The search for the best preschool or childcare option is often a challenging experience – and many parents aren’t sure if the one they pick is safe and healthy for their child, according to a new national poll.
About 62 percent of parents say it’s difficult to find childcare options that meet all of their standards, and only about half were very confident that they could tell if a childcare option was safe and healthy, according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health(link is external)at the University of Michigan.
For years the Food and Drug Administration has been trying to get doctors to quit prescribing codeine, an opioid painkiller, to children after getting their tonsils or adenoids out.
But it can be hard to get clinicians to change their prescribing habits, even when children have died and other less risky medications are available.
In 2013, the FDA told providers that "codeine should not be used for pain in children following these procedures." But in December 2015, nearly three years later, 5 percent of children were being prescribed the drug after surgery, according to a study published Thursday in Pediatrics.
Four-year-old Colette Briggs bounded into the dining room where her parents sat in the midst of another distressing conversation. Oblivious to their anxiety, she cheerily asked her mom to retie one of the loose pigtails atop her head.
Ever since her brown locks regrew long enough for a ponytail, hair has been a big deal around here, her father, Christopher Briggs, said as Colette skipped off to rejoin her older sisters.
To watch the bubbly preschooler play, a perma-smile on her cherubic face, no one would know she was sick. But for half of her young life, since the day a Lyme disease scare uncovered aggressive leukemia, she has been in and out of chemotherapy treatments.
As I watch my daughter climb on and wrestle with her big brother, I remember the daily, intensive physical therapy that consumed our days.
As I hear her call out “Ready to go, Mommy!” I remember thinking that she wouldn’t be speaking for several more years because of her developmental delays.
I have Lupus: a chronic disease I have had since I was nine years old. As I grew up, my disease worsened. I saw specialists and needed sophisticated and costly testing. There were more trips to the emergency room and increasingly expensive medicines needed. My mother was young and divorced, raising two girls on her own.
She had a good job with health care benefits and a compassionate, flexible boss. And she had her social capital, as a white woman with the language of power and privilege she could wield on behalf of her sick child. These factors, plus her unwavering love kept me healthy and symptom-free.
Right now there are mothers like mine, with sick children, who lack the employer health benefits that my mother had. Their access to health care is in the hands of Congress as they are anxiously waiting for Democrats and Republicans to finally work together and fund the Child Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP.
(Reuters Health) - Low-income children in the U.S. whose parents qualified for Medicaid were more likely to receive preventive care, regardless of their own insurance coverage, a new study finds.
Researchers called the finding “an important spillover effect.”
Children whose mothers and fathers were enrolled in Medicaid, government insurance for the poor, were 29 percent more likely to receive at least one well-child visit, a just-released Pediatrics report showed.