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Choosing the Right Doctor for Your Child

We have all heard the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child,” and your child’s doctor is an important part of your village. From the moment a woman finds out that she is pregnant the health of baby is one of her first concerns. Choosing the right doctor for you child is an important decision that can seem overwhelming.  It is important to find a doctor that you can trust and that you are comfortable calling. You want a doctor who can give you support, information, and who can answer you questions. It is also important to know if you and your doctor share similar views on breastfeeding, immunizations, and alternative medicine.

Here is some helpful tips from Baby Center and Children’s Hospital Colorado:

Choosing a Doctor for Your Baby

How to Choose a Doctor for Your Baby

Your Child’s Special Place

As a child whether you made a tree-house, tent, or fort out of pillows, we all had a moment where we made a creative space to get away or just to play. Kids deserve a chance to make that special place where they can create memories that you can remind them out as they get older.

Take a look at this website that shows you how to help your kids make Tents, Forts, and Hideouts. You will be surprised at all the creative games and scenarios that your children can come up with.

Tents, Forts, and Hideouts: Special Spaces for Kids

Do you have a memory to share about a special space you made as a child or a memory from a special space that your own child has made? Share with us in the comments below!

A Story: Raising a Child with Autism

According to the CDC, 1 in 88 kids in America now have autism.

One mother offers an intimate and personal look into her day-to-day life of raising a son with autism. Read her story in the link below

A Day in the Life: Raising a Child with Autism

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Cold & Flu Guide

It starts with a sniffle — next thing you know, the whole household is sneezing, coughing, passing tissues and slurping chicken soup: The common cold, or worse, seasonal flu, is upon you.

By the time you’re a parent, you’ve probably had your fair share of colds and bouts of the flu. According to the CDC, each year up to 20% of the population gets the flu, and the Mayo Clinic cites the common cold as the number one culprit of stay-home-sick-from-school days in children. But although there’s not much you can do medically for a cold or even the flu, aside from the vaccine or antiviral treatment in some cases, there are alternative treatments (yes, chicken soup is one!) and prevention techniques you can use to help keep your family cold- and flu-free.

http://www.parenting.com/category/conditions/cold-flu?cid=relblogposts&cid=relblogposts

From Parenting.com Family Health Guide

Multiple Sclerosis in Children?

This spring, the National MS Society is hosting many Walk events, Bike events, and other various fundraisers around the state and the country. Millions of people have been diagnosed with this debilitating disease, and are learning how to live with it, and overcome it.

Most people learn about it and are diagnosed with it in their mid-20′s or later, but now doctors are finding that children have the symptoms, much earlier than previously known. Read more about it in the article below.

Pediatric (Child) MS

Although multiple sclerosis occurs most commonly in adults, it is also diagnosed in children and adolescents. Estimates suggest that 8,000-10,000 children (defined as up to 18 years old) in the United States have multiple sclerosis, and another 10,000-15,000 have experienced at least one symptom suggestive of MS.

Facts:

  • Studies suggest 2 to 5% of  all people with MS have a history of symptom onset before age 18.
  • Diagnosis in children is more challenging than in adults due to the frequency of other childhood disorders with similar  symptoms and characteristics.
  • Increasing evidence suggests that the disease-modifying therapies (FDA approved for use in adults) are safe and well tolerated in children; however large clinical trials are needed to assess treatment efficacy.
  • Most symptoms of MS seen in children are similar to those seen in adults. There are, however, symptoms experienced by children that are not typical in adults, such as seizures and mental status changes (lethargy).
  • Increasing evidence suggests a slower disease course in children with MS, but significant disability can accumulate at an earlier age compared to individuals with adult onset MS.
  • Psychosocial consequences of MS in children and adolescents may affect academic performance, family relations, and specific adolescent issues including self-image and relationships with peers. An evaluation by a trained professional can help determine appropriate interventions.
  • Pediatricians may not be familiar with MS because they are not expecting to see it in children.

Because of the critical need to better understand pediatric MS, the National MS Society established the first-of-its-kind network of Pediatric MS Centers of Excellence.

Each of the six centers offers comprehensive services through multidisciplinary teams including pediatric and adult MS experts. Financial assistance is available for travel, accommodations and care so families can access these services, regardless of their ability to pay or proximity to one of the centers.

Related Documents

Caring for Children and Teens with Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders

A brochure that offers information on the National MS Society Pediatric MS Centers of Excellence and services provided at the centers. Also includes information on support programs offered by the Society for children and teens with MS and their families.

Download our Pediatric MS brochure (.pdf)

Staying Connected During Stressful Times

The National MS Society works closely with two organizations who help people reduce the feelings of isolation that they and their families may experience during times of medical crisis.

Learn more about Lotsa Helping Hands and CaringBridge

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