The hospitalization of a child can be particularly stressful on the patient and the family. Children can be confused and uncomfortable in new surroundings. Parents often find that they don’t know the right way to manage their child’s overall hospital experience. That is where child life services and specialists are integral to understanding what a child needs to make it through their time spent receiving care away from home.
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Much of childhood is marked by increased curiosity and a desire to explore. While we celebrate this aspect of a child’s early years, the fun and games stop when that curiosity leads to the accidental ingestion of chemicals or medicines that are harmful and poisonous.
Among the many issues children’s hospitals advocate for nationally, one stands out: Medicaid. Medicaid matters for kids because it provides health coverage for so many kids — nearly one in three children nationwide. Within the Medicaid population is a group of roughly 2 million children for whom Medicaid is truly a lifeline. These kids are medically complex meaning they have multiple conditions like cerebral palsy and congenital heart disease affecting multiple body systems. And they require medical care from as many as 10 different pediatric specialists located in multiple hospitals.
We all need sleep; but while teens and adults face the challenge of getting eight full hours of rest, children and babies have a different set of obstacles to a safe night of sleep. During National Sleep Awareness week (March 2 - 9, 2014), we wanted to highlight some safe sleep practices for parents and babies.
During National Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 2 – 8, 2014), a national learning network of children’s hospitals—Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) and the Children’s Hospital Association—are collaborating to offer safety tips for families to follow when visiting the hospital with their child.
On Thursday, Feb. 20, the Association and eight allied organizations held an educational lunch briefing on Capitol Hill to a standing-room only crowd of more than 100 attendees, primarily Hill staffers. The briefing, “CHIP = Healthy Kids: Building on State Successes to Address the Health Care Needs of Children,” presented information about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), including its history and structure, and highlighted state experiences in providing health coverage for millions of low-income children. Among the materials distributed to attendees was an open letter to President Obama and congressional leaders, co-signed by more than 400 organizations from across the country, urging leaders to reauthorize CHIP. The message from the briefing was clear: CHIP needs to be reauthorized.
February is Children’s Dental Health Awareness month, a time to reflect on the type of dental hygiene education kids receive to maintain a healthy smile for life. The Children’s Dental Health Project has released some new facts about this topic and ways we can help improve our children’s overall health by promoting proper oral care from the start.
Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) released a new study showing that motor vehicle crash deaths among children age 12 and younger have decreased by 43 percent from 2002-2011. According to the research, the decrease is attributable to the increased use of age- and size-appropriate child restraints (car seats, booster seats and seat belts), which is the best way to save lives and reduce injuries in a crash.
During the month of February, hearts are on all our minds. American heart month is observed all month-long, and February 7-14 marks the Congenital Heart Defect awareness week. However, this is also a time to reflect on the fact that children with cardiac illnesses or congenital heart defects have fewer options to turn to for treatment than adults as children’s hospitals across the country continue to experience significant shortages in some pediatric specialties.
As parents and guardians, it can be easy to underestimate how many seemingly normal activities can pose a real threat to our children. Last week, two organizations, Safe Kids Worldwide and The Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital, made us aware of two potential issues that often go overlooked in many households and grocery stores: TV tip-overs and shopping cart safety.