Margaret M. Renew, MD
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What activities should my child avoid after surgery?
Intermountain Healthcare answeredAt times, your child's coordination may be affected after surgery. This would happen as a result of the surgery or due to the effects of the anesthesia. To keep your child safe, it is important to follow these guidelines. Don't let an infant or young child walk without help. Keep side rails up on cribs. Keep your child from activities such as climbing a ladder and going down a slide or playing on jungle gym equipment, or riding a bike, scooter, snowboard or roller blades. Driving a car or operating anything that requires quick decisions can be a danger for teenagers or young adults. Once your child's coordination returns, he can resume pre-surgery activities.
How does computer use affect children’s development?
The jury is still out on the effects of computer use on cognitive and social development. Some studies show that children who have a computer in the home have slightly higher literary and math skills. No doubt you can find software to reinforce just about any topic your child is learning from you or in school. The challenge is figuring out what works to your child’s advantage and what results in time spent playing games with no benefit.
The research on the social impact of computer use is a little fuzzier than that on excessive TV viewing. Clearly, if a child is spending hours a day on the computer, direct interaction with peers is reduced. Sure, some of that time might be spent in chat rooms or instant messaging people in a computer community, but it can be an artificial environment without the give and take experienced in face-to-face interaction. As a result, kids aren’t learning the skills needed to be socially adept. That, and a tendency for people to embellish, portraying themselves as something they’re not, leads me to question the overall benefit of this kind of computer use.
Can computer use lead to violent or aggressive behavior? Again, you can find research supporting both sides of that issue. Some studies suggest that children behave in a more aggressive manner after playing computer games with violent themes, and that doing so desensitizes them to violence and the impact it has on others.
From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
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What is the definition of chronic illness in children?
The general definition is any health problem that lasts more than three months and significantly affects a child and his family.
Children who have chronic medical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions are collectively defined as “children with special health care needs” (“CSHCN” for short, which makes for easier writing but doesn’t do much for talking). This widely adopted term is now used to identify all kids who need extra health care, regardless of their condition. Yes, I know, this definition seems absurdly broad. A child with severe cerebral palsy who needs constant care and a child with moderate asthma who needs to keep an inhaler handy are both considered CSHCN.
From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
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