Tips for talking to children about tragic events

Returning to school Monday after the school shootings in Connecticut will be a challenge for both children and parents, but parents can try to minimize the anxiety and reassure children.

Even very young children can have feelings about scary events.  The good news is that children and youth are often quite resilient.  An important part of children’s positive coping is for parents to make sure that their children feel connected, heard and understood, and loved.

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Take the Trick out of a Healthier Halloween

5 kid-friendly ways to limit candy intake on Halloween

healthy halloween tricksHalloween candy invaded grocery aisles weeks ago and sweets are on the minds of children everywhere. Fall is an important time for all families to consider their health strategies, but it’s a particularly challenging time for families who are working toward healthier weights, battling chronic illnesses, or addressing allergies and dietary restrictions.

We’ve rounded up some helfpul tips for any family trying to take the trick out of making their Halloween healthier.

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Improving the Patient Experience: How can we do this better?

By Erica Southworth, NP

As a nurse practitioner for the past seven years, I have had the privilege of being able to help many families through one of the most difficult times of their lives.

My area of specialization and interest is working with children and families faced with the diagnosis of a solid tumor, such as neuroblastoma or Wilms tumor.

Solid tumors are complex conditions that require a full team of specialists to treat.  Families are referred to us from all over Michigan and sometimes beyond. Often, prior to being sent to us, they may have experienced a long, frustrating and seemingly endless journey towards a diagnosis. As a professional and as a mother, I have always found it frustrating to see families who, having bounced around from appointment to appointment, are exhausted and scared when finally arriving at U-M. Even after their numerous appointments, they still possess little formal information about their child’s condition or disease.

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Is your playground safe?

Choosing a safe playground for your family

Playgrounds and summer go hand in hand.  They’re a great opportunity for your children to get fresh air, be active, play with friends and have a lot of fun.

Not all playgrounds are created equal, however.  Each year in the United States, more than 156,000 children under age 14 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries occurring on public playgrounds, according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC).

Careful oversight from an adult is essential, but the type of equipment offered at the playground and how well it is maintained play a big role in keeping kids safe.  Our injury prevention team offers expert tips to help you choose a safe playground in this video:

What are your favorite local playgrounds?  Share your recommendations with other parents in the “Leave a reply” section at the bottom of this post!

mott blog - clv 2015 - camp thumbCamp Little Victors is the virtual summer camp program from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.  Each week, for six weeks, participants receive an email full of ideas and activities to help keep families busy, happy and healthy all summer long.  Learn more and sign up.



best children's hospitalUniversity of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is consistently ranked one of the best hospitals in the country. It was nationally ranked in all ten pediatric specialties in U.S. News Media Group’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” and among the 10 best children’s hospitals in the nation by Parents Magazine. In December 2011, the hospital opened our new 12-story, state-of-the-art facility offering cutting-edge specialty services for newborns, children and women.