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Focusing on Child Wellness

Apr 01, 2018 08:30AM ● Published by Jason Huddle

Focusing on Child Wellness

When we think of diseases, diagnosis and medication, it’s easy to link them to aging. However, diagnosis and conditions can occur at any age.

When a child receives a physical or mental health diagnosis, it does not just affect that individual. It also impacts their family members, classrooms and community.

There can be a period of uncertainty as the family adjusts to its ‘new normal,’ and frustration as everyone tries to navigate needed services and resources. Some diagnoses are short-term, but some will follow a child into adulthood. 

The month of April brings many observances dedicated to children and the importance of their unique needs.  April begins with Autism Awareness Day on April 2. According to the CDC, one in 68 children are identified with a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum.  The month continues with National Infant Immunization Week, National Youth Violence Prevention Week and National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

April is also Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is reported by the CDC that one in four children suffers from abuse or neglect at some point in their childhood, which can lead to multiple adverse physical and mental health conditions later in life. The month ends with everyone’s ultimate goal: Every Kid Healthy Week. This April, let’s strive to move from awareness toward action. 

Awareness of a diagnosis and its unique effect on children is important in order to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that will work for each child in relation to their family system.

A skilled pharmacist can help provide necessary information about how certain medications react in children and provide suggestions on how to make medication compliance attainable. He or she can partner with children to help understand how medicine, nutrition, physical activity and healthy coping strategies are positive actions that can have a positive influence over their future health.

When children are empowered to take care of their bodies while they are young, they are likely to become adults who take their physical and emotional well-being seriously.

If you need help getting started, contact Cannon Pharmacy; they will be happy to assist you.

By Emily Evans, BSW

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