A psychologist’s tips for self-care

By Dr. Micaela Thordarson, pediatric psychologist at CHOC Children’s Self-care is the critical maintenance we need to be able to keep functioning. Sometimes self-care is compared to the way we care for our cars. Often, self-care is talked about as the equivalent to getting your car detailed or putting on a special coat of wax … continue reading


From hotline to surgery – How CHOC guided a family through an emergency during COVID-19

As the parent of a child with gastrointestinal issues, Kris wasn’t immediately concerned when her son Nolan complained of a stomachache while they were watching TV together. When his pain quickly got worse and Nolan started to vomit, Kris knew it was time to call CHOC. “With COVID-19 going on, I didn’t know if the … continue reading


Keeping children safe in and around cars during COVID-19

Under COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, children are spending more time at home and playing outdoors, increasing their potential access to unlocked cars. Parents who are worried about bringing children into stores or pharmacies might also consider allowing them to wait in the car. Both these scenarios put children at risk of heatstroke, which can happen when … continue reading


Tips for deciding where to go for care during COVID-19

At CHOC Children’s, we know you want to give your child the very best care every day, especially during these uncertain times. Kids are kids, even during a pandemic. They catch colds, break bones, need vaccinations and have asthma attacks. If your child is ill, injured, due for a vaccination, experiencing a mental health issue … continue reading


Helping kids cope with COVID-19 stress

By Dr. Tiffany Torigoe-Lai, pediatric psychologist at CHOC Children’s Many parents are feeling the strains of the COVID-19 pandemic, many children may be feeling COVID-19 stress, too. Children can display stress in different ways, such as wanting to be alone, needing more attention, moodiness, inflexibility and increased distractibility. The good news is that there are … continue reading


How parents can deal with COVID-19 stress

With schools and many businesses closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, parents have been tasked with more than ever and many are dealing with COVID-19 stress. Their homes are now distance learning facilities, daycares, activity centers, remote offices and more. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urges parents during this uncertain and difficult time to practice … continue reading

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