How to Help Children After Traumatic Events

Between unrest in Ukraine, the recent Marshall Fire, and the continued impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the news is full of traumatic events that can be especially difficult for kids to process and understand. No matter how much you want to protect your kid from some of these dark events, they’ll undoubtedly have thoughts and feelings to work through. Our guide can help you get the conversation started with children of any age.

CTA: Read Children’s Hospital’s advice HERE

Expert Exercise Tips for Kids

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.

Get Children Hospital Colorado tips HERE

Game Day Mental Preparation

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.

Get the game on

The Difference Between COVID-19, Cold, Flu, and Other Bugs Affecting Kids

Body: Flu and common cold symptoms can be similar to COVID-19 in kids, but there are some important differences to keep in mind so you know for sure. Use our symptom chart as a quick and easy resource to help you stay safe.

Learn the differences with Children’s Hospital

Post-Concussive Syndrome: The Big Picture Behind the Symptoms

Concussions can happen to kids of any age, regardless of whether they’re playing sports or wearing a helmet. The resulting symptoms can cause physical, emotional and cognitive distress

—but they can also be treated, if you know where to look.

See The Big Picture Behind the Symptoms with Children’s Hospital

The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

Research shows that children who get even 20 minutes of moderate physical activity in their day have increased attention, comprehension and learning ability. They feel better, too. At the same time, budget and curriculum cuts have led to less physical education in schools than ever. Here’s how to make sure kids are getting the exercise they need to feel their best.

(Hint: It doesn’t have to be difficult!)

Get moving with Children’s Hospital!

Easing Back-to-School Stress

From new faces to new spaces to bullying, peer pressure and the ever-changing rules and norms of the COVID-19 pandemic, getting back to school can be a challenging time for kids and parents alike. Luckily, there are ways to set up a smooth transition.

Get Back To It With Children’s Hospitals Help!

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 HERE

10 Benefits of Chocolate Milk &

How it Helps Young Athletes

Recovery is the window of time when an athlete needs to replenish their energy after a hard workout or activity. For high school athletes, the low-fat chocolate milk in the school cafeteria can help.

Learn how HERE

Outdoor Adventures with Kids

High-Altitude Fun, By Age

Pediatric sports medicine doc Aaron Provance, MD, loves the outdoors. He's a seasoned mountaineer, hiker, mountain biker, rock climber and more, and he's a big advocate for getting kids out into nature. As a father of triplets, he's also realistic about what that involves.

Get Dr. Provance’s guide HERE

High-Altitude Fun, By Age

Pediatric sports medicine doc Aaron Provance, MD, loves the outdoors. He's a seasoned mountaineer, hiker, mountain biker, rock climber and more, and he's a big advocate for getting kids out into nature. As a father of triplets, he's also realistic about what that involves.

Get Dr. Provance’s guide HERE

A Healthy and Balanced Vegetarian Diet 


Childrens Hospital Colorado Educational Content


Some professional athletes practice a meatless or dairy-free diet, and your young athlete may express interest too. This is a great opportunity to discuss the importance of nutrition with your child and do research together on what it takes to manage a vegetarian diet.

Learn the basics HERE

Exercises with an Athletic Trainer


Children’s Hospital has begun creating a playlist on their Youtube channel of a variety of exercises for athletes to utilize to reduce injuries


Here is the link: Exercises with an Athletic Trainer – YouTube

COVID and Sports: A Safe Return to Play


COVID and Sports: A Safe Return to Play

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected so many aspects of our lives, including youth sports. As young athletes return to practice and competition, we want to help them stay safe. Learn about the most updated evidence on the pandemic, how to safely return to sport after an infection, and tips for keeping your athlete healthy.

Presented by:

Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Experts:

Sports Medicine Center
Heart Institute

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Time: 7:00PM-8:00PM

Register for the event & to receive zoom link:

Learning About the New Coronavirus


Below are some great articles to share with your families about the COVID-19 virus, from our partners at Childrens Hospital. Please check back regularly  when more information becomes available that is important to share it will be posted here

Coping with COVID virtual event link


Talking to kids about COVID -19

In this video, two of our specialists talk with 9-year old Webb and answer his questions about the new coronavirus, including how kids can help limit the spread of infection.  Click Here to Watch

A conversation among doctors
Our podcast, Charting Pediatrics, is hosted by doctors for doctors. In this episode, hear how doctors are talking to each other about the new coronavirus.
Listen in

The tried-and-true way to wash your hands
The top recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect against infection is to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You and your kids can follow along with young Johnathan as he walks you through his handwashing process

Wash your hands

Managing COVID-19 Symptoms and Exposure in Schools

Click for info

Back to school FAQ’s

Play Informed Sports and Recreation Through the Pandemic: Education Sessions for Parents, Guardians and Community Leaders

Attention parents of youth athletes, do you have questions about playing sports during the pandemic? Register to attend one of the free educational events hosted by the AAP, AMSSM and NATA as part of the “Play Informed Sports and Recreation Through the Pandemic: Education Sessions for Parents, Guardians and Community Leaders.” Each night will feature a dynamic panel of medical experts discussing topics related to sports participation and COVID-19. The events will be held August 11-13, 2020 from 7:00-8:00 PM CDT each night. Register today!

What to do if your child is sick


  • If you think your child is sick or is showing symptoms of COVID-19, contact your child’s doctor to get directions on what you should do, or call the Children’s Hospital Colorado ParentSmart Healthline™ at 720-777-0123.
  • Do not come to Children’s Hospital Colorado emergency or urgent care locations unless your child is experiencing a medical emergency or your doctor gave you direction to. This will help us limit the spread of infection in our emergency department and help us continue to care for kids with the most critical needs first.

To learn more about COVID-19 and what to do if you’ve been exposed, call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 for answers in many languages.

Childrens Hospital Colorado Sports Medicine


Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) Sports Medicine Center and Littleton Soccer/Colorado United Club recently partnered to promote health and wellness within the club. Children’s Colorado will provide a certified athletic trainer to the club for home games at Cornerstone Park during the league season, at hosted tournaments and at the Littleton Soccer Club office one day per week for visits.

Children’s Colorado will also provide educational content for members in all newsletters, over social media properties and during parent educational nights. This content will help members to stay informed and on top of the latest trends and treatments.

About Children’s Hospital Colorado
Children’s Hospital Colorado is a leading pediatric network 100 percent dedicated to the health and well-being of children, adolescents and young adults. Consistently acknowledged as one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s Colorado is recognized nationally and internationally for its medical, research, education and advocacy programs. It is at the forefront of research in childhood disease and pioneering treatments that are shaping the future of pediatrics, as well as offering everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. Founded in 1908, Children’s Colorado offers a full spectrum of family-centered care at its urgent, emergency and specialty care locations throughout Metro Denver and Southern Colorado, including its location on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Scheduled to open in early 2019, the new Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs will be the first pediatric-only hospital in southern Colorado. For more information, visit, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.


Children’s Hospital Colorado complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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