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American Academy of Pediatrics Editorial

AAP hEADLINE 

Eleven-year-old Deborah Brown lined up 12 pills. It was a potent mix of medications, including seco barbital, phenobarbital and meth
aqualone. Even a small mistake in dosing could be fatal. Th pills were for Deborah’s mother to be taken every six hours to ease the pain of aggressively metastasizing cancer.
Deborah frequently cut school to make sure her mother was all right. One day, she found her passed out and bleeding. “The day I found my mother in the bathtub, I thought I had killed her,” Deborah said.  But her mother had a pulse, and Deborah helped her into bed.

Despite the trauma, Deborah continued to help care for her mother, in addition to cooking, cleaning and minding two younger brothers.

Deborah was 12 when her mother died. Her father took on extra hours at work to pay the medical bills, so she continued to run her family’s household.

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Partner spotlight: caregiving youth -- the silent part of the 'Silent Epidemic'

In the United States, there are over 1.3 million youth ages 8 - 18 who are family caregivers to disabled, ill or aging relatives. Youth caregivers administer medications, assist with mobility and manage household chores. Some provide personal care such as bathing or helping a loved one to the bathroom. Often overlooked, these children and teens are exhausted, stressed and falling through the cracks. Youth caregivers have high absentee rates and find it difficult to concentrate when they are in school. The American Association of Caregiving Youth recognizes and supports children who are responsible for the care of their ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members. Read more.

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