Connect with Kids

Connect with Kids

An archive of "Tips for Parents" segments on child and adolescent health issues, with insight from Emory HealthCare experts, produced by Connect with Kids. Includes both videos and text articles. Search the site for videos prior to 2006.

After Years of Decline, Teen Suicide Rates Are Rising
After a decade of decline, the Centers for Disease Control reports, teenage suicide rates are up. What do these numbers mean? Dr. Shannon Croft, a child psychiatrist with Emory University School of Medicine, helps put the problem in perspective.

Suicidal Thoughts: Signs to Look for in Your Teen
Many people are learning to recognize the signs of teenage depression -- a child acting sad, has lost interest in favorite activities, is isolating himself, etc. -- but there are other signs that may signal suicidal thoughts beneath the surface.

Should Short Kids Get Growth Hormone Shots?
John Parks, professor of pediatrics at Emory University, on the side effects of hormone therapy.

Caffeine Now the Drug of Choice for Many Teens
Dr. Stephen Roy Pitts, an emergency room physician at Emory University Hospital Midtown (formerly Emory Crawford Long Hospital) in Atlanta, says he sees teens coming in to the ER who've overdosed on caffeine.

Medication Helps Teen Drivers with ADHD
Leslie Rubin, M.D., Developmental Pediatrician, Emory School of Medicine, on how ADHD impacts teen drivers and how treatment can make the roads safer.

Can the Use of Anti-Depressants Increase the Risk of Suicide?
Dr. Shannon Croft, assistant professor of psychiatry at Emory University and medical director of child psychiatry at Grady Hospital, on increasing concerns that some anti-depressants may increase risk of suicide among teenagers.

Bad Air Pollution Days Harm Even Healthy Children
Many people think smog and air pollution are only dangerous for at-risk people. But new research shows that everyone, including healthy children, are affected, according to Dr. Gerald Teague, pediatric pulmonologist at Emory University.

New Technology Could Detect Concussions Within Minutes
Over three million high school athletes will suffer from a sports-related injury this year. A new sideline device may help coaches detect when a player has suffered an impact.

More Troubled Kids Are Getting Powerful Drugs
A soaring number of children are being prescribed a powerful class of drugs called antipsychotics. Dr. Shannon Croft, child psychiatrist at the Emory University School of Medicine, shares her insight.

Should Your Child Take Antipsychotic Drugs?
Powerful antipsychotic drugs used to be reserved for conditions like schizophrenia. Now, they’re being prescribed for aggressive kids with attention-deficit, autism, or bipolar disorders. Some doctors say this trend is disturbing, because of dangerous side effects.

Lead Poisoning Endangers the Health of Tens of Thousands of U.S. Children
Despite advances and environmental regulations, there are still many ways kids can get exposed to lead, says Dr. Howard Frumkin, professor of Environmental Health at Emory University.

Earlier Videos
Search the Connect with Kids web site for videos prior to 2006.