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It’s cold and flu season, which means that your kid (and you!) are likely to get sick. With so many respiratory viruses going around, how can you determine if the bug you brought home is COVID-19, RSV, the flu, or a common cold? And does it even matter? Check your symptoms — and learn when to seek care — with this guide from Children’s Hospital Colorado. https://bit.ly/3htgVwq 


The holidays are here and in the spirit of the giving season, Children’s Colorado would like to invite you to consider joining us in a variety of ways to support our hospital, team members, and patient families. There a few  ways to get involved which includes our Adopt a Family program. The Adopt a Family program allows parents the gift to bring some holiday magic into their little one’s lives in a tougher season of life when they may not have the means to do so otherwise.

Should you have any questions or would like to commit to adopting a family, please reach out to Jenny Hawk ([email protected]org) for more information!


For young athletes today, it’s becoming increasingly tempting to take the latest supplement or vitamin on the market. But with so many options out there promising a variety of outcomes, it’s hard to know which, if any, are safe and effective. Our expert answers your top questions on supplements and vitamins for athletes.


Traveling with your kid’s sports team for a big tournament is exciting, but it can also be disruptive to your family’s normal eating habits and routines, which in turn can affect your child’s athletic performance. We’ve compiled a guide to help you and your family navigate healthy eating on the go.

To stay healthy, teens need about nine to 10 hours of sleep every night. Unfortunately, 80% of them don’t get it and feel tired all day. Our guide offers tips and strategies to help young athletes get enough rest to play their best.

Experts warn that energy drinks often contain ingredients that can be extremely harmful to kids. Read our guide and learn why it’s so important to differentiate between sports drinks and energy drinks.

Commercial first-aid kits generally don’t cover the specific needs of athletes, and they’re more expensive than putting one together yourself. Where to start? Safety pins and garbage bags. Learn why, and how to build a kit for every coach’s needs, with our comprehensive guide.

Commercial first-aid kits generally don’t cover the specific needs of athletes, and they’re more expensive than putting one together yourself. Where to start? Safety pins and garbage bags. Learn why, and how to build a kit for every coach’s needs, with our comprehensive guide.

Listen to Children’s Hospital Colorado pediatric experts for a community discussion on youth mental health. We’ll discuss ways families can build resiliency in tough times, coping mechanisms and tools for stressful situations, the impact of the pandemic on youth mental health and steps we all can take to address the mental health crisis in our community. Mental Health Seminar Recording: https://bit.ly/3HvQqP4

Even short bouts of exercise can improve your kid’s sleep, stress, mood and concentration, and can help treat and prevent some medical problems. Whether your family only has a few extra minutes to spare, or you want to make physical activity a larger part of your kid’s life, we’ve compiled some helpful workout tips to kickstart your family’s journey.

Some kids might be pumped. Others might have anxiety. To get the most from each player, parents and coaches need to know their personalities — but there are a few things they can do to help any kid feel prepared and show up strong on the court or field. Game Day Mental Preparation

E-Cigarettes:  Colorado kids are vaping at 2 times the national average and at the E-cigarettes are odorless and smokeless. They are easy to hide and often look like a flash drive, ballpoint pen or stylus. 60% of teens who vape don’t know they’re inhaling nicotine highest rate of 37 states surveyed.  What you need to know.


Like the classes offered by Children's Hospital? Here are some older recordings: 
Preventing and Treating Heat Illness in Young Athletes

Learn the basics on how to eat like an athlete by Amanda McCarthy, Sports Dietitian at Children's Hospital Sports Medicine Center. 
Sports Nutrition 101: Eat like an Athlete: https://1drv.ms/v/s!AnZ62QHuEt8vgs06Lu5RYy0AyznRnA?e=6Je10h 

There’s nothing better than fresh mountain air. Hiking can do wonders for mental and physical health. Plus, it’s fun for the whole family. So what are you waiting for? Pack the essentials and head out. Take a hike!

It can be difficult to continually think of things to keep your kids busy, even during non- pandemic times. When you’re at a loss, we can help. Our child life specialists have compiled their best tips for how to create a schedule and plan activities for children of any age. Choose your fun!

Back to school with COVID-19, Part 2

With school coming back around and the pandemic still not over, two issues weigh heavily on parents’ minds: How will the school year play out, and what’s best for my child and family? Parenting is hard, especially now, and every family’s situation is different. That’s why we
rounded up our experts to address frequently asked questions from real parents – all focused on keeping precious little minds and bodies healthy. Get answers
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