“Parents can help children develop resilience by learning ways to cope with stress early on,” says Dr. M. Elyce Kearns, child psychiatrist. Try to model healthy stress-easing tactics when life runs you ragged. Encourage children to find a mix of calming choices that work for them (see bullets). Stick to sleep and mealtime routines, and keep communicating. Checking in daily about homework, plans and activities, and what happened during the day helps keep communication lines open for more difficult times.
Think immunizations are just for kids?
The protection provided by some early childhood vaccines can wear off, and risks for other diseases increase as children approach their teen years. Recommendations for immunization are made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Make sure your adolescent is fully protected. If your teen was not immunized at the recommended age, for most illnesses, there’s still time to catch up. Check the list below and ask advice from your pediatrician.
Recommended Immunizations for
|Tetanus, Diptheria toxoids, acellular Pertussis (Tdap)||1 dose|
|Hepatitis B||3 doses|
|Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)||2 doses|
|Chickenpox (varicella)||2 doses|
|Human Papillomavirus (HPV)||3 doses|
|Meningococcal (MCV4)||1 dose|
|Hepatitis A||High risk*|
|Pneumococcal (PPSV)||High risk*|
*Recommended for adolescents with certain chronic health problems.
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