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Concussions 101, a Primer for Kids and Parents

Concussion 101
a Primer For Kids and Parents

The “Concussions 101” title is used by Dr. Mike Evans for his short video because it covers the basic information that kids and their parents need to understand when they’ve had a concussion – sort of like the “101” courses you take in college do.

Dr. Evans is a “family practitioner” – [we pediatricians don’t hold that against him] – who has a way with little video segments and has “hit the nail on the head”[oops, poor analogy, sorry] – with this short summary.

Oh, this is not the complicated medical stuff that we doctors worry about; it’s merely three of the things which are sometimes considered so “simple” that nobody thinks to talk to you about them!

  1. We don’t wanna make things worse – we follow “return to activity” protocols to prevent life-long secondary damage.
  2. We can’t predict from the beginning what will happen or how you will do – “we have to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.”
  3. Communication – people presume you’re ok because they can’t see your brain; so, you need to be clear and honest about how you’re feeling.

Your brain is You. Everything you’ve gotten good at is stored in there; all your memories, all your skills for figuring things out for school or life are built into your brain.

Take care of your awesome brain after your concussion!

Pediatric Brain Injury – Improved Outcome With Early Nutrition

Ok, this is technically just bizarre and I’m not sure how to really present it; BUT, this issue about brain injury is just so compelling and important (if it’s true) that it clearly must not go unsaid.

The bizarreness comes because a “back-door” finding in a “brain injury and hypothermia” study showed a substantial finding about an “un-related” issue: feeding!
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Parenting: Good Night’s Sleep

I’m afraid that all the things I know about the topic “sleep problems in infants” rattle around in my brain in a fairly “jumbled” manner. Frankly, the topic of infant sleep is probably the most frequently asked group of questions from new parents and in the “top 3” for all parents; but still….

The reason it’s so “jumbled” is FIRST Read more→

Where Does The Fat Go When You Loose Weight?

Ruben Meerman is a reporter on ABC television’s Catalyst program and Play School’s first ever ‘resident scientist’. Young audiences know him as the ABC’s Surfing Scientist through his books and television science demonstrations. Ruben’s scientific career began as a physicist, producing optical coatings for industrial, medical and military lasers. He eventually found his true calling in schools and kindergartens, where he brings science to life for children. He is passionate about literacy, numeracy, science education and public schools… and (safe) explosions!

Overcoming Obesity – Treadmill Dance

Carson Dean shows us an uptown funk treadmill dance (not sure where it came from – the Ellen show?). This is a sure-fire antidote to obesity! (And a way to sell treadmills)

Sleep In Teenagers

Right from birth it seems that tired children can crash to sleep anywhere, anytime they are tired. That’s all over in “teenhood” however, partly because all of the nervous system changes occurring with puberty.
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Ways Teens Can Ditch Obesity

Anyone with their eyes even half-way open can see that the worlds populace is buying larger-sized clothes this decade than in the last.

And the airwaves and bookshelves are filled with scammers desperately trying to pay for their new sports cars Read more→

How Much Sleep Should Children Be Getting?

Worrying is part of a parents job description and sleep is an issue worried about at both ends of the spectrum – infant, child and teen.

From sleeping through the night, to not wanting to go to sleep, to sleeping all day – just how much sleep should children be getting anyway?
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