Updated Sunday, January 24, 2016A cancer diagnosis is scary for anyone, but for children with cancer it can be overwhelming. A new book, My Cancer Days, helps children with cancer recognise and express their emotions. Through pictures and words, the book tells the story of a young girl diagnosed with cancer. The girl experiences a range of emotions including anger, sadness, happiness, fear and envy. She associates each emotion with a colour. The story teaches children with cancer it is okay to have these emotions and encourages children to express what they are feeling. “I wrote My Cancer Days for the smallest warriors,” said author Courtney Filigenzi. “Children can have […]
Updated Sunday, January 24, 2016Small button batteries and magnets continue to injure and kill young children despite safety campaigns and product recalls. Two-year-old Brianna Florer died on 26 December after swallowing a small round button battery. Her grandfather told The Oklahoman Brianna felt unwell and when she threw up blood her parents called an ambulance. The family did not know the cause of her illness until an xray revealed she swallowed a button battery. Despite surgery, the young toddler lost her life. Many household and personal devices use button batteries including remote controls, hearing aids and digital thermometers. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns these batteries cause […]
Updated Sunday, November 15, 2015Back to school shopping is underway, including the search for new schoolbags. Backpacks are very popular, but cause health problems if heavy and improperly packed. When picking the right backpack, make sure your children choose a bag that will not harm their health. One study, reported in the Journal of School Nursing, warns: Given that children are still developing physically, regularly carrying heavy loads can contribute to pain and injuries in the lower back, shoulders, and joints and ultimately related disorders in adulthood. Furthermore, heavy backpacks increase the chances of children falling.
Updated Saturday, August 15, 2015The number of headaches children suffer increases when they go back to school reports Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Children between ages 5 and 18 experienced more headaches in the autumn, according to researchers. Doctors think the increase in headaches is due to several factors including increased stress, poor hydration, schedule changes, inadequate sleep, skipping meals and extra activities. “When we saw many of our families and patients in clinic, the families would report that their child or teenager’s headaches would increase during the school year,” said Ann Pakalnis, MD, lead researcher, and Director of the Comprehensive Headache Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “So, we decided to go […]
Updated Saturday, January 23, 2016Every 8 minutes a child experiences a medication error, report doctors from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio. One of the most common errors by parents and caregivers is giving children the same medicine twice. Other medication mistakes include: giving the wrong dose of medicine confusing the units of measurement for the medication giving the wrong medication These mistakes are most common in children under age 6. Luckily, in over 90 percent of these cases the children did not need treatment at a hospital or clinic. The key to safely giving children medicine is summed up in 3 points: Right Dose Right Time Right Way Right Dose […]