Herbs are helpful, but use with caution in children – 9.20.17 – Contemporary Pediatrics. More parents are using herbal medications to manage their children’s health conditions, but which ones are safe and how are they used? Dr. Cora Breuner, professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine and adjunct professor of orthopedics and sports medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington, presented trends on herbal medications in children and uses and guidelines for some of the most popular herbs at the session “Top 10 herbs: Are they safe in kids?” at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 National Conference and Exhibition on Sept. 17.
Concussion treatment for children – 9.21.17 – Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports shares what experts advise if your child or teenager sustains a concussion while playing contact sports. One of the tips is, “Let them rest, but not completely.” A study published last year in JAMA, which looked at more than 3,000 children who'd been diagnosed with concussions in ERs, suggests that those who'd done no physical activity in the first seven days after injury were more likely to have persistent symptoms a month later than those who had been physically active during that time. “Data shows that it’s okay to have some physical activity a day or so after a concussion," says Dr. Frederick Rivara, who is professor of pediatrics at the UW and Seattle Children's Hospital. "Complete rest is shown to increase, not decrease, the duration of symptoms.”
Mental health treatment improves with steps toward collaborative care – 11.16.17 – MD Magazine. Despite success in collaboration, PCPs have struggled in treating the mental health in both adults and adolescents as many doubt their own abilities to treat these patients. According to two examinations, adolescent mental health care can be improved by integration of mental and behavioral health care into primary care settings. The first, done by Dr. Laura Richardson with Seattle Children's Research Institute and the UW’s Department of Pediatrics, and co-authors, was a systematic review of to identify barriers to integrating mental and behavioral health into primary care. Richardson and colleagues pointed out that although an estimated 20% of adolescents and young adults face mental and behavioral health disorders, mental and behavioral health concerns for adolescents often go untreated.
High-tech, high-touch, integrated care for children – 1.11.18 – National Council for Behavioral Health. Children from minority communities often receive fewer and inferior mental health services compared to their non-Latino white peers. Socioeconomic factors, childhood adversity and family and community structure all play a role in disparities in child and adolescent mental health and receipt of mental health services. When Dr. Tumaini Coker began her PCORI-funded project designed to improve access to behavioral health care for children in underserved areas, she knew that multiple barriers stand between children from low-income families and needed mental health services. What she didn’t know was that the barriers vary from stakeholder to stakeholder. “Pediatricians, parents and mental health care providers all had different ideas of what the barriers were,” says Coker, who is the principal investigator of the project at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Center, a member of the National Council for Behavioral Health.