Listen to teens and watch their behavior.
“If I am not thin enough, no one will like me,” “I am always lonely,” “I can’t tell my parents because they will worry, and I can’t tell my friends because they will think I am crazy.” These are statements I often hear from teen girls I counsel.
They feel like they need to be perfect in their grades, physical appearance, personality, sports and every other area of their lives. They feel like they need to take care of others’ problems instead of focusing on their own, and they work very hard at developing a “mask” so their true feelings will not be revealed. For many …Continue reading →
Some teens are being dared to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon.
With more teenagers home during the summer, be on the lookout for the Cinnamon Challenge. It begins with a teen being dared to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon without drinking water.
The cinnamon coats and dries the mouth and throat, causing gagging, vomiting, coughing, choking and throat irritation. People with asthma or other respiratory conditions are at greater risk of having …Continue reading →
A child’s death can be one of the worst experiences in a parent’s life. Many parents talk about the overwhelming sorrow and pain experienced after the death of their child and how their world was shattered. Grief is a normal and natural reaction to a loss and it is necessary to heal. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is committed to helping families who are on this painful journey by offering support, resources and hope.
Everyone grieves differently, which is why our Bereavement Program offers a variety of services to help our families begin the healing process. We have several adult support …Continue reading →
Peggy Troy with Dave Luczak and Carole Caine from 96.5 WKLH
Last week, during WKLH’s annual Dave & Carole Miracle Marathon for Children’s Hospital, we raised nearly $1.4 million. This was the 16th year we’ve had the privilege to hold this radiothon with 96.5 WKLH, which since its inception has raised more than $18 million for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
For two days each May, our lobby buzzes with activity as Dave Luczak and Carole …Continue reading →
Despite widespread reports of the sun’s dangers, a 10-year study showed that use of sunscreen among white and Hispanic high school students in the U.S. is declining. Sunburns during childhood can lead to the development of skin cancers later. In fact, skin cancers are beginning to appear earlier in life, sometimes even in adolescence.
Many people find tanned skin attractive. But today, we know that tanned skin is damaged skin. Sun exposure can have serious effects on our physical appearance and health. Teens should NEVER use tanning beds.
Follow the ABCs of skin protection: …Continue reading →
I’m pleased to share the news that we are once again included in the list of Top Workplaces in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel annual survey.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recognizes outstanding Milwaukee-area businesses based on employee surveys. Companies are measured on several qualities including company leadership, career opportunities, workplace flexibility, compensation and …Continue reading →
Tune in to 96.5 WKLH May 23-24 to hear Emily’s story on the Dave & Carole Miracle Marathon for Children’s Hospital.
Hello, my name is Emily Venteicher. I’m 12 years old. On Feb. 13, 2013, I was taken by Flight for Life to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. I had gone skiing earlier that day. I went off a jump and fell on my head while not wearing a helmet. I had a brain injury called a subdural hematoma. That same night, I underwent surgery to alleviate the pressure on my brain. Six days later, I was released from the hospital and was able to return home to my family two months earlier than the …Continue reading →
With all the things teens have to worry about — tests, peer relationships, competing in sports and performing in concerts and plays — it’s not unusual for them to have anxiety from time to time. Anxiety can be a good thing when it helps you to deal with a tense situation.
However, some teens experience anxiety more often or more intensely than others. These teens may find it difficult to “turn off” their minds and fall asleep at night. They …Continue reading →
Dining out has become an important part of daily life for many busy families. When you have a child with food allergies, dining out can become difficult and even scary. However, with enough preparation and an emergency action plan, children with food allergies can dine out safely.
Follow these five steps for dining out with …Continue reading →
As a pediatric dermatologist, I see a lot of teens with acne. Many teens and parents have questions about the myths and facts about acne.
One myth I often hear is that acne is caused by not washing your face. Acne is caused by multiple factors, including oil in the pores, hormones and bacteria and inflammation in the skin. Face washing alone does not address all these things, although washing with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial wash such as benzoyl peroxide can be very helpful.
Another myth I often hear is that certain foods — particularly foods that are greasy or have …Continue reading →