“Drink your water – it’s good for you!” How many times have you heard that in your life? And it’s true, but not for newborns. In fact, giving a newborn water can actually be harmful.
Aren’t sippy cups great? They give our precious toddlers something to occupy their hands, fill their tummies, and build motor skills and independence. But – not so fast. As more and more sippy cup manufacturers are having to recall their products due to safety issues, it’s time to look more closely at whether sippy cups are actually good for your little ones.
We know that too much screen time isn’t good for anyone, let alone kids. Too much time on digital devices has been linked to poor sleep patterns, behavioral issues, loss of social skills, obesity, and even violence, but the National Institutes of Health wanted to delve into this issue a little further and see what long-term effects, if any, screen time for kids might have on the actual structure of their brains. The results are concerning.
While nose bleeds and asthma attacks in kids are fairly common, I often find that parents are understandably worried about them. It doesn’t help when these conditions seem to accelerate during the colder months. As Houston’s version of winter arrives, now might be a good time to talk about how cold air can trigger asthma attacks and nose bleeds in children.
Your baby is coughing and has a runny nose. It could be a cold, but it could also be something far more serious for infants. Just before the new year began, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning to parents about Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).
Depending on where you live in the United States, spankings and other types of aversionary discipline, such as yelling or shaming, may be fairly common. In other areas, punishments like this are on the decline, which is a good thing. For about two decades, the American Academy of Pediatrics has urged parents to use caution when disciplining their kids with these types of punishment tactics – especially spanking. Recently, the organization updated its recommendation: Don’t spank your kids. Ever.
There’s a lot you have to learn in a few short months if you’re about to be a parent. Your OB/GYN will be there to help you through much of it, but there’s another doctor you should get involved in this process before your baby is born: a pediatrician. A good way to go about doing that is by taking advantage of a prenatal visit.
Baby walkers are such a common and ubiquitous part of childhood that many of my patients are taken aback when I tell them that baby walkers not only pose a potential threat to their children, but that they’ve been banned in other countries all together.
Children and the elderly don’t have the strong immune system most others have. When an illness sweeps across the country, they are often the most affected. This is why it’s incredibly important to make sure your child has his or her flu vaccination as early as possible. Last year, 85 percent of the children who died from the flu were unvaccinated and one unvaccinated child has already died this year. These are heartbreaking statistics, but hopefully we can reduce this through education and awareness.
If there are two things I know, it’s that most kids aren’t overly fond of shots and vaccinating your kids for flu season is incredibly important. This can be a tough balancing act when it comes time to take your needle-shy kiddo to the doctor to protect him or her from the flu each year. It is especially tough during flu seasons like 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, when it was determined that the FluMist nasal spray shouldn’t be used because it was ineffective. This year, though, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 12 to 2 to return the nasal spray to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s list of recommended vaccines for the 2018-2019 flu season. The committee stopped short of explicitly recommending the nasal spray, however, and will instead let providers and patients decide if they’ll use it instead of traditional flu shots.