Right now you may be focusing on getting your teen settled into college life and the Holidays are months away, yet Thanksgiving and Winter break are just around the corner. Dr. Cora Breuner offers tips for time with your teen when they are home for the holidays.
We’ve asked Dr. Cora Breuner for tips on preparing your teen for college. In this clip she offers advice for studying abroad. We’ve covered this topic traveling abroad in a previous post, but here Dr. Breuner gives more detailed advice on the opportunities to study abroad during college.
Congratulations on having a teen who has successfully graduated from high school! Now the journey into adulthood begins. We’ve asked Dr. Cora Breuner (who is raising 3 teens herself) for tips on preparing your teen for college. In this video blog, she offers advice on drugs, alcohol, and eating habits.
It’s already July, which means summer has officially started in Washington! For parents who have a teen heading to college in the Fall, congratulations! This is a huge accomplishment for both of you. Thinking about college and helping your teen settle into a new environment may seem a bit daunting. We’d like to help with some tips over the summer months. Our colleague, Dr. Cora Breuner, has graciously offered her advice on preparing your teen for college. In this video post, she offers information on medical care and keeping track of immunization records when your teen leaves for college
The Fall sports are well under way, in fact football and soccer are wrapping up. I have seen many teens coming through our clinic with sports related injuries so wanted to spend some time on concussion again.
When a teen has an injury like an ankle sprain, they rest. It is painful to walk around, so they are forced to take a break from play, use ice, ibuprofen, and relax for a few days. Concussions are injury to the brain. Unfortunately, it’s really difficult to take a break from using our mind, but in order for a concussion to heal, rest is exactly what is needed.
In this blog video, Dr. Monique Burton goes over several things you can do to ensure your teen takes the appropriate amount of time needed to heal from concussion.
My 12-year-old cousin shared this video with her mom, who then shared it with me. It is a video made by Amanda Todd, who starting at age 13, suffered constant social torment because of unfortunate online activity and an older man who took advantage of her. She made this video to tell her story of cyberbullying and resulting mental illness and suicide attempts, in the hope it might inspire others or find her a friend. The last line of the Youtube description reads, “I’m still here aren’t I?” Approximately a month later, she committed suicide at 15 years old.
I’m going to depart from the drug use series to highlight a timely events. On September 13, Seattle Children’s Hospital will partner with Seattle news station KOMO 4 to discuss keeping kids healthy while participation in athletics. Click here for a sneak peak of the special… Dr. Monique Burton recently provided us with advice for teens who are recovering from a concussion so we’ll cover some important things to know about concussion in this post:
- A concussion is a brain injury and it requires time to heal. Healing is accomplished with rest, both physical rest and cognitive or mental rest
- See your teen’s health care provider after a concussion. They can give more specifics about when it is safe to return to play and also if any imaging or testing is needed
- Your teens symptoms need to be 100% gone in order to go back to playing their sport. They should gradually return to play, that means slowly increasing their amount of activity.
- If your teen starts to have symptoms again after returning to play, their brain is not healed, so they need to rest some more.
As the summer Olympic games come to an end, we’ve been thinking more about how beneficial sports can be for children and teens. Students will be returning for school next month, but many sports continue through the summer or start before school begins. Playing sports is fun, can build self confidence, and is a great way to make friends, but sometimes injuries happen. Dr. Monique Burton, a Sports Medicine specialist, takes a moment to talk with us about some common sports injuries among teens and how to prevent them.
This summer we have been posting about the importance of life jackets and water safety. Already this year, there have been multiple drownings and water rescues in the Washington news. Many teens and parents don’t think water accidents will happen, but unfortunately, they can happen to even the strongest of swimmers. The good news is drownings can be prevented with proper use of life jackets and paying attention to water safety.
Kevin Sayson is a Washington resident whose brother died after falling off a paddleboard in Lake WA last summer. He and his family grew up on the water, with jet skiing and swimming as regular past-times and his brother was actually the person who taught Kevin how to swim. Kevin spent some time telling his brother’s story for the blog. He is honoring the 1 year anniversary of his brother’s drowning August 6th with a safety event about the importance of personal life jacket use.
Teens may participate in sports for reasons that range from an excuse to see friends, to significant talent in a particular area. In this video blog, Dr. Monique Burton provides tips for sports participation.
When thinking about whether or not your teen should participate in sports consider the following points:
- Sports provide a fun way to fit in physical activity. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 60 minutes of physical activity most days of the week for teens. This can be broken up into 10-15 minute intervals.
- Participation in school sports usually requires teens to keep a minimum grade point average. For some students, being able to participate in a sport is all the motivation they need to turn in homework assignments and continue with academics.
- Sports can positively impact self-esteem. Self esteem has been linked to decreased rates of depression, drug use, and sexual activity in teens.
- In order to participate in sports, a visit to your teen’s health care provider is necessary for a pre-participation physical exam. During the teen years, visits to a health care provider are often few and far between. Use this physical exam as an opportunity to catch up on teen immunizations and guidance on everything from driving safety to acne!