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Self-preservation: A Parenting Lesson from the Squirrels

Self-preservation: A Parenting Lesson from the Squirrels

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Parents who have a child with chronic pain are living in a state of high alert.  They often spend every ounce of energy trying to assess their child’s pain, offer comfort, juggle the needs of siblings, manage work, get to doctor appointments, monitor sleep, advocate on the school front, evaluate treatments, and on and on it goes.

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Handling the Holidays: Talking with Family & Friends about Chronic Pain

Handling the Holidays: Talking with Family & Friends about Chronic Pain

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The holiday season can be one of joy and celebration, but for many adolescents with chronic pain, festive gatherings can pose a unique challenge: when connecting with friends and family, how much or how little do you share about your pain?

While there is no single way to navigate talking about chronic pain to family and friends during the holidays, taking a few minutes to think through your strategy can go a long way towards increasing your comfort through the busy holiday season. 

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Tips for Parenting a Child With Chronic Pain

Tips for Parenting a Child With Chronic Pain

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When I tell parents that chronic pain is one of the most common problems in pediatrics, occurring in about one of every four kids, they often have a hard time believing me.  Despite the fact that over 1.7 million children in the United States are known to have chronic pain and that the cost of treating this pain is almost 20 billion dollars per year, chronic pain remains an invisible and under recognized health problem for kids and teens.

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For Kids with Pain, Attending School Can Help

For Kids with Pain, Attending School Can Help

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The counter-intuitive reasons why kids heal better when they get back to school

Jessica started her freshman year of high school in great spirits. Then, in early October, she began to get daily headaches after school. Her headaches typically began around 4pm and persisted through the evening making it difficult for her to complete homework. 

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Pediatric Chronic Pain Eased by Early Intervention, Parental Involvement

Pediatric Chronic Pain Eased by Early Intervention, Parental Involvement

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For children in chronic pain, an innovative pain management program that focuses on self-management of symptoms and strong parental involvement is showing promising effects on reducing pain and improving function in these children.

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