What parents need to know about cyberbullying

cyber bullying1Cyberbullying has become a major concern for parents, particularly for parents of children in middle school and high school.

Just like “old fashioned” school yard bullying, though, it can be difficult for parents to know just what to do to help prevent and manage cyberbullying.

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Parenting & “Sharenting”

The opportunities and risks of parenting in the social media age

Sharenting - The opportunities & risks of parenting in the social media ageParenting – We all know that there is little real world preparation or training for the experience, even as a pediatrician, believe it or not. We therefore have to rely on others to help guide us as we raise our children.

It takes a family. We ask for advice from our moms and dads, our grandmothers and grandfathers, and our siblings with kids.

It takes a village. We get advice from friends who have their own kids, and from colleagues at our schools or in our local community.

It takes a social network? Yes that’s right, social media like Facebook, forums, and blogs are the new venue for parenting, according to a new study by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.

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Balancing child care needs and infectious diseases

Sick kids and daycareOne night in the emergency department back when I was in medical school, I noticed a mom there with her young children around midnight. One of her children appeared to a have a cold and symptoms of mild pink eye. Curious, I wondered what brought the family to the ED in the middle of the night. When I asked her, she said, “I need to get my child seen by a doctor so he can get back into child care and I can go to work.”

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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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