Children and mobile media: Strategies for pediatric practice

Rich-Mobile-Media-Boston Children's Thriving blogThere is substantial scientific evidence from multiple disciplines that the mobile media children use and how they use them influence their development and their physical, mental and social health. Among areas of concern in children are: risk-taking, sexual behavior, alcohol, tobacco and drug use, violence, obesity, disordered eating, learning, sleep and social connectedness.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has been issuing policy statements on the health effects of media for over 30 years and observant pediatricians recognize that their patients are affected. But a lack of clear diagnostic criteria and therapeutic guidelines combined with increasing demands on ever-shorter patient visits have made it difficult to prioritize and integrate media-related anticipatory guidance, diagnosis and treatment into standard of care pediatric practice. …Read More

Expert’s Corner: Four ways epilepsy care is changing

Epilepsy

On May 6, clinicians and families gathered at the 2017 Clavin Conference for Family Education in Epilepsy to discuss the latest information about this condition. A major theme that emerged at the conference was that epilepsy isn’t a one-size-fits-all condition — and seizure activity can change over time as young brains develop. Because children are one of the fastest-growing groups of Americans being diagnosed with epilepsy, keeping up with the latest in clinical care for epilepsy is crucial, says Phillip Pearl, MD, director of the Epilepsy Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. Here, he shares four recent trends in the field. …Read More

Nursing and patient experience: Six lessons learned after 42 years

Susan Shaw offers words of wisdom after 42 years of caring for children and families.

Recently retired as Vice President, Associate Chief of Nursing and Director of Clinical Operations at Boston Children’s Hospital, Susan Shaw discusses the power of patient experience and shares lessons learned from her 42-year career working with children and families. …Read More

Helping Teens with Depression

A recent study published in Pediatrics set off alarm bells for many people who care for teens and young adults. The researchers found an increase in the rate of depression in this population between 2005 and 2014. The most dramatic rise was in girls ages 12 to 18.

Yet, despite the rising numbers of young people facing depression, the study found no correlating increase in the number of teens or young adults seeking treatment. This is worrisome to the study’s authors, who called for more outreach efforts from pediatricians and school health services.

“Overall, I think many Massachusetts pediatricians are doing an excellent job of diagnosing and managing depression in young people,” says Oscar Bukstein, MD, MPH, associate psychiatrist-in-chief and vice chairman of psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital. “We’re going in the right direction, but we have a huge population. There’s really no other chronic condition that affects such a large percentage of the population. And the numbers are rising.” …Read More