Talking to kids about Wildfires and what you need to know about Inhalation

Like in any disaster situation, we always think about your kids and their emotional and health needs. In response to the fires burning in Colorado, Children’s Hospital Colorado has resources for families to help cope with the tragedy and tips to prevent respiratory concerns

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due to smoke inhalation.

10 Things to Remember When Talking to Your Kids About the Wildfires: A natural disaster has hit close to home for Colorado’s children and many of them may have anxiety, questions, or both about the wildfires near the Royal Gorge and Black Forest areas. Children’s Hospital Colorado’s senior psychologist Jeffrey I. Dolgan, P.h.D, provides 10 tips parents can keep in mind when talking to their children about the natural disaster.

How to Deal with Wildfire Smoke Inhalation: Multiple wildfires burning in Colorado — among them the Black Forest and Royal Gorge fires — have cast ash and other irritants into the air, which may cause breathing problems for children, especially those with underlying respiratory problems. Vivek Balasubramaniam, MD, pediatric pulmonologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Breathing Institute and at the Pediatric Heart-Lung Center, provides insight and advice on wildfire smoke inhalation.

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