Tips for teens on taking responsibility for your own healthcare

Many kids struggle with the realities of becoming an adult and needing to “own” your own healthcare, but for teens and young adults with chronic medical conditions, the responsibilities can be even greater.

In this week’s new Kids4Kids video, a group of our teen advisors from Mott Children’s Hospital share their tips for teens and young adults on how to take an active role in your healthcare as you prepare to take full responsibility as an adult.

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What advice do you have for teens starting to take responsibility for their healthcare?  Use the comments tool at the bottom of this post to share your tips.

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Olympic Fun for Kids

Don’t just watch the Olympics, use them as an opportunity for fun and learning.

winter olympics fun for kidsEvery two years, families watch the Olympics and cheer on their favorite athletes and countries. This year we have the great fortune of having several Ann Arbor area, and even University of Michigan students, participating in the Olympics. Besides the fun and pageantry, the Olympics are a great opportunity to create some family time and learn a little something along the way.

Use Your Resources

There is no shortage of information about the Olympics online, check out these websites for background on athletes, results and even fun activities.

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30 years of caring for hearts

Mike Perlstein looks back after three decades of being one of the "Leaders and Best"

echo tech - mike perlsteinFebruary 7, 2014, marked the last day Mike Perlstein came to work at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Since he joined the University of Michigan Health System in 1980, Mike has been a welcome fixture in the Congenital Heart Center. While he is looking forward to the freedom retirement brings, he looks back on his time caring for hearts at Mott fondly. As part of our Heart Month series of blog posts, we caught up with Mike to talk with him about his 3-decade legacy with the Leaders and Best for kids.

Q. How did you get started in a healthcare career?

A. After three years of military service I worked for a time at a foundry in my hometown of South Haven, Michigan. But I had wanted to move back to Ann Arbor, which I eventually did in early 1974, landing a position in the Drafting Department of Space Physics Research Lab on our North Campus. During my four years there, a developing interest in firefighting led me, ultimately, to entry into an Emergency Medical Technician program. It was there that “the lights went on,” and I was drawn to this field where I thought I could do something that could make a difference.

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Seeing a specialist: How does it all work?

mott blog_npch_seeing a specialistA recent study conducted by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health found that there is a lot of confusion among parents regarding their responsibilities in getting specialty care for their children. Have you ever been referred to a specialist and found yourself uncertain about how the process works?

Most children receive their medical care from a Primary Care Provider (PCP) —a pediatrician, family practitioner or nurse practitioner. On occasion, the PCP may refer a child to a specialist. Specialists have additional training in a specific area. Of the parents polled in this recent study, parents were unclear about who should select the specialist – the parent or the PCP – when a child needs to receive specialty care. There was also uncertainty about who provides the medical records to the specialist, who schedules the appointment, who verifies insurance coverage, etc.

So what can you do if your child is referred by your doctor for specialty care?

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Bite back at frostbite: Bundle up!

kids and frostbiteWhen wind chills and temperatures dip into the negative numbers, bundling up is serious business.

Keeping vulnerable fingers, toes, ears and noses protected is always important, but when wind chills get below -20, you have less than 30 minutes before skin will start to freeze.

Everyone is susceptible to frostbite, which is nothing to mess with: it can cause lifelong injuries. But the risk is greater for kids, seniors and adults who smoke or who recently had an alcoholic drink – all of whom have skin circulation that allows their skin to freeze faster.

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