Medical marijuana for pediatric seizures remains hazy
Researchers continue to assess the efficacy of cannabinoids in treating seizues, although seizures are a relatively rare reason for medial marijuana use. At Children's Hospital in Colorado, a state in which 349 pediatric patients are permitted to use medical marijuana, providers still do not recommend use of cannabinoids for treatment of epilepsy outside of a clinical trial; and a 2014 review concluded that that "no reliable conclusions can be drawn at present regarding the efficacy of cannabinoids as a treatment for epilepsy."
Nevertheless, the American Epilepsy Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Medical Association recommend additional research.
According to a recent CDC
report, about 1 in 68 children in the US has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Parents of children with ASD consistently report greater stress levels, caregiving burden and depression than parents of typically developing children. This chronic stress is associated with poorer physical health including more pain, more disruptions from physical-health problems and lower overall health-related quality of life.
The findings of a recent
study show that whether formal (provided by health or social services professionals) or informal (provided by significant others, friends and family,
social support can significantly reduce stress, improve the child's outcome, and help maintain an optimal family environment in the long run.
Arguably, the most powerful tool available right now to make a difference in the lives of children with ASD is early identification but many children may not be getting identified as early as they could be. Research suggests targeted strategies are needed to identify and address barriers in order to lower the age at which specifically black and Hispanic children are evaluated, diagnosed, and connected to the services they need because black and Hispanic children typically receive developmental evaluations later than white children.
Good nutrition, connected parenting, structure and disciple are paramount to child mental and physical health especially in the case of children with ASD.
Consider sharing the following ACPeds resources on your practice website and/or social media pages:
Healthy Eating and
Meeting the Challenges of Parenting.
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