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welcomeThey say it takes a village to raise a child. It’s doubly so when a child’s health and well-being is concerned. Welcome to our “village” where you can hear from our team of experts their thoughts on current and ongoing child health and safety issues as well as share stories in areas like how you’re handling a particular child health-related challenge or the ups-and-downs we face every day trying to keep kids safe. Our Pedsafe Forum is there for you anytime to ask questions and exchange ideas.

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Is Your Child a Bullying Victim? Read this Mother’s Story

Is Your Child a Bullying Victim? Read this Mother’s Story

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When Maria’s daughter moved to secondary school (*middle school), she was bullied by a group of girls who had been her best friends at primary school (*elementary school). Halfway through the school year, Maria** became aware that her daughter Sam** wasn’t being invited to her friends’ houses anymore. “She doesn’t always tell me what’s going on at school, but I noticed that she was biting her fingernails a lot and sleeping badly. She seemed quite upset. “I talked to her about her friends and why they weren’t meeting up. Eventually, she told me... 

Feeling Helpless? Reframe “I Can’t” For Your Special Needs Child

Feeling Helpless? Reframe “I Can’t” For Your Special Needs Child

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Learned helplessness is defined by Google as a condition in which a person suffers from a sense of powerlessness, arising from a traumatic event or persistent failure to succeed. It is thought to be one of the underlying causes of depression. But I think we need to question ourselves and our children more often and challenge this assumed defeat. This helplessness can become a bad habit and we need to find opportunities to make new, better habits. The other day I was (once again) at the orthodontist with one of my kids. I should have used the restroom before I left work, but I knew we had this appointment... 

How to Reframe Your Child’s Negative, Anxious Self-Talk

How to Reframe Your Child’s Negative, Anxious Self-Talk

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Do you have a child who is often emotional or moody – or prone to anxiety or depression? If so, you might be familiar with the negative self-talk that often contributes to these conditions. And, actually, any child – or adult – is subject to these thoughts on occasion. Negative or anxious self-talk – sometimes also called “automatic negative thoughts” – is unhelpful, often skewed thinking that tends to drive negative emotions and behaviors. For example, your daughter might react to a friend who gets angry while playing and goes home, by thinking “I’m no fun to play with….nobody... 

Video: Kids and Cancer – What You Need to Know About ALL

Video: Kids and Cancer – What You Need to Know About ALL

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Dr Victoria Grandage, Consultant Hematologist at the Children and Young People’s Cancer Service at University College London, describes the signs and symptoms of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, also known as A.L.L. She and the mother of a young former patient, Josh, talk about the treatment and experience of ALL; a cancer that, thankfully, has a high cure rate in children. Click on the picture below to go to the NHS YouTube channel to watch the video. Editor’s Note: Video Highlights Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia or ALL is a form of cancer of the blood For reasons we do not yet fully understand,... 

What Dental X-rays Does My Child Need? Are They Safe?

What Dental X-rays Does My Child Need? Are They Safe?

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Dental x-rays are necessary for determining the present status of a patient’s oral health, along with identifying a patient-specific treatment plan. A request for x-rays can depend on several different factors, including how much dental work has been previously done, the current condition of that dental work, dental hygiene, a patient’s age, a patient’s risk for disease, and any signs or symptoms of dental decay or gum disease. For example, children may need x-rays more often than adults, because their teeth and jaws are continually developing and are more likely to be affected by tooth decay....