How can we talk to our children about Ebola?

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As parents, it is sometimes difficult to talk to our children. The situation can become even more complicated when we want to talk to them about something to do with health, such as Ebola. We ourselves may have doubts about Ebola, which, in some countries, has created serious public alarm that has even spread to some schools.

We will deal with the issue in this post and provide some advice and guidelines that may be helpful when sitting down with your children and teenagers to tell them about the disease.  

1.- Reassure them Perhaps this is the most important piece of advice.  Ebola has spread outside Africa for the first time and this can mean that the real risk of contracting the disease is exaggerated in some specific places.  So, first of all, when we sit down with our children to talk about the subject, it is important we explain to them that every country, emphasising our own country in particular, is prepared to deal with diseases such as this. We need to clearly explain that there are especially qualified professionals to deal with diseases of this type and that the infrastructure is in place to stop Ebola spreading Read more

Special considerations for treating concussions in children and adolescents

Traumatic brain injuries in children and adolescents are a problem which often goes unnoticed. When the head receives an impact, the soft tissue of the brain can collide with the bones of our skull, leading to a trauma which may temporarily affects functioning. Thus while a child may seem perfectly fine after sustaining a head injury, it is essential to take the necessary precautions.

Symptoms which may be underestimated Symptoms of brain trauma may be very subtle in children and adolescents, yet can for last several weeks and, in some cases, months. The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation in Toronto, Canada has recently become the first institution to place special focus on traumatic brain injuries in patients aged 5 to 18 years. According to the authors of Guidelines for Pediatric Concussion, a useful guide for evaluating this type of injury, “the field of pediatric concussion is still in its infancy compared to that of general traumatic brain injury (moderate and severe).” They go on to note that  few studies have Read more

Why do children fear hospitals?

Without a doubt, the impact that medical treatments and hospitals have on children is an indicator of the state of our healthcare systems, medical centres and teams.

A study conducted by the Grünenthal Foundation in 20 hospitals collected relevant and accurate information about how children experience their hospitalisation process, what aspects of their admission and stay they are mainly concerned about or feel more fearful towards, and how they experience everything related to their health.

This study aimed to achieve a more in-depth understanding of the social and emotional aspects of pain in children, with a special focus on those who are in hospital. At times we are under the impression that our children are not aware of what is happening to them or what is going on around them. However, after analysing the results of this study, we may conclude that they are more conscious of their surroundings than adults may believe. Pain: one of the major concerns When it comes to worrying about pain, child patients are not that much different from adults. The possibility of Read more