Last week we posted about time management as teens headed back to school. You and your teen are getting back into the swing of things with squeezing in breakfast, scheduling time for homework, family time, and friends. In this post we’ll talk a bit about sports and sleep. We’ve had great guest posts on preventing sports injuries, like concussion, and we’ve posted about sleep tips before. Here are some highlights to take with you as the school year begins: Read full post »
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
Guest Author: Charley Jones, MSWc, University of Washington
Is your teen graduating from High School this year?
First, congratulations! Graduating from high school is a great accomplishment and presents a landmark in one’s life, closing the doors of formal education in your teenage years and opening the doors to many future options. As a parent, you’ve played a large role in the success of your teen being able to achieve this accomplishment! This is arguably a time when some of the most meaningful education happens in one’s life. The upcoming decisions of “where to go next” can be exciting and overwhelming for teens and parents because of the vast amount of options available. I’ll start with a few tips to evaluate the options for your teen and briefly describe what a few of these options look like. Read full post »
Recently we’ve reviewed the topic of concussions in teen athletes. A new study came out from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital that contains good news and bad news. The good news is that teen athletes are well-educated about the signs and symptoms of concussion, as well as the serious consequences of returning to play after one occurs. The bad news is, about half of the adolescents with this knowledge would go back to playing in the game anyway. Read full post »
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.
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.