Health Topics

Meningitis - Symptoms and Prevention

While many of us parents are in the midst of helping our families fight cold and flu germs this time of year, we should all be aware of another potential illness that can affect our children.  Meningitis, while less common than a cold or stomach bug, can be very serious for children from infanthood through young adult years.

 

Newborns and Vitamin K

As an expectant mother, you inevitably will have several forms to fill out and information to take in during and after your baby’s delivery at the hospital.  Being prepared for some of the common questions can make your time in the hospital less stressful.

One routine injection given to your newborn is vitamin K. In the moment, many parents are not sure what the vitamin K shot is, and why it is recommended.

Below are some helpful questions and answers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that can help inform you ahead of time:

Rhabdomyolysis and Extreme Exercise

In today's busy world, you may find yourself cramming in a few intense work-out sessions here and there around your hectic schedule.  You might have joined a fitness class or started a video work-out program designed to push your body to its limits, all in the name of burning the most calories in the shortest amount of time possible.  If this sounds like you, there’s a rare but serious condition you should be aware of: Rhabdomyolysis, or “Rhabdo” for short.

 

Growing Pains in Children

“Growing pain” is a term used to describe a type of benign (non-serious) limb pain in children. This pain usually occurs in children aged 3 to 12. Growing pains are the most common type of limb pain in children. Between 10 percent and 30 percent of children will have these pains at least once. These pains occur in both boys and girls.

Symptoms of growing pains:

Stress Busting Strategies: How to PACE your family

A new school year is right around the corner, which brings excitement, anticipation, and sometimes, stress. According to the American Psychological Association’s “Stress in America” survey last year, students endured more stress than the average adult throughout the school year at levels significantly higher than experts consider healthy. Parents are not immune to increased stress either, with 83 percent of American adult workers reporting stress at work.

Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement

Joint replacement surgeons are increasingly using the anterior approach to hip replacement surgery in an attempt to improve outcomes and patient satisfaction. 

The anterior approach to total hip replacement is becoming more popular because it can be less invasive, hospital stays can be shorter, and recovery and rehabilitation tend to be quicker for patients. Over the past 10 years, there have been several new and less invasive approaches to hip replacement surgery. The anterior approach is one of these “minimally invasive” procedures.  

Palliative Care Improving Quality of life

Palliative care represents a different model of care, focusing not on cure at any cost but on relief and prevention of suffering. The priority is supporting the best possible quality of life for the patient and family, regardless of prognosis. Although palliative care is provided in tandem with curative treatments, most people associate it with end-of-life care.

Cutting and Other Self Harm Behaviors

There have been an increasing number of reports from parents that their high school aged children are engaging in cutting or other self-harm behaviors. As a clinician in the Bismarck area, I have observed that this is, indeed, a relatively common issue affecting adolescents and young adults. Self-harm is the act of deliberately harming one’s own body. Usually it is not intended to be a suicide attempt but is an unhealthy way to cope with psychological pain and strong emotions. This can be a mixture of worthlessness, loneliness, anxiety, anger, self-hatred and other emotions.