Dr. Troy Madsen advises parents on what to do when sending kids off to college if they have a chronic condition that needs ongoing care.">

Aug 14, 2017 — Because of the change in lifestyle, sometimes young adults stop taking medications when they leave for college. On today's Health Minute, emergency room physician Dr. Troy Madsen advises parents on what to do when sending kids off to college if they have a chronic condition that needs ongoing care.

Interview

Interviewer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health. Your child that has a chronic medical condition is leaving for college. Dr. Troy Madsen, what advice do you have for them?

Dr. Madsen: In the ER we often see students who have left home, gone to college. They've had chronic conditions like diabetes, asthma, mental illness. It's kind of this clean break for them and they say, "I've outgrown this. I'm stopping my medications." They then have serious complications of that, either from not using their insulin, their inhalers, their anti-depressants. They end up in the ER.

The advice I would give, as a parent, make sure there's continuity there. In their new city, wherever they're going, set them up with a primary care doctor, someone to manage their medications. Go with them to that first appointment. Make sure everyone's comfortable with things. Make sure your child's comfortable there as well. And then keep in touch with them. Make sure they're doing okay and taking the medications they've been prescribed.

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