Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is now available to people as young as 12 years old. In this Q&A, Benjamin Lee, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, answers questions about vaccine safety and efficacy. Are there any health conditions that would prevent a child age 12-to-15 years old from being […]
Children and families managing medically complex care are no stranger to the health care system. You know the language, the routines and you’re likely very comfortable being your child’s advocate. But even so, it is important that you feel informed and prepared for the time when your child needs to transition from pediatric to adult […]
Need to see a doctor but feeling too old to ask your parents to make an appointment? You’re not alone. Taking on responsibility for your own health care can seem like a huge task. Your health may not feel like a priority right now, but you likely want to establish your independence. Here’s a great […]
Young adults face numerous life changes and challenges as they prepare for adulthood (or “adulting” as they’d say). Learning how to cook and clean, do the laundry, get an oil change or run an errand at the store, adolescents pick up a significant amount of skills at this age, but one bit of education that […]
As educators and children return to school during COVID-19, there are new anxiety-inducing concerns facing families. While much of the discussion has focused on what happens inside school, it’s important to consider safety precautions when traveling to and from school. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a great article addressing Return to School During COVID-19 focused on physical distancing, wearing masks, handwashing and cleaning surfaces, and temperature checks, but below are some new, and some more […]
While our communities slowly re-open, access to summer camps and childcare is still limited meaning many grandparents may find themselves providing care for their grandchildren. If you are a grandparent, you may already feel comfortable looking after your grandchildren, but if this is a new arrangement for your family, we have a few tips to […]
Many parents are looking for ways to teach their children the importance of seeking out diverse people, ideas, and experiences while learning, themselves, that the goal is equitable treatment for our Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities. Here is advice from one of our pediatric child psychologists.
Anyone driving today has likely encountered distracted drivers with their hands busily working their phone texting or emailing rather than being on the wheel. While these behavior are a safety concern for all, they may be particularly problematic for teens who are relatively new to driving (and also known to be quite fond of text […]