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As the holidays approach, many of us are thinking of gifts for our children and family. Some may be considering the gift of a pet. The purchase of a pet is much different than buying a toy or clothes because there are many things to consider.
My friend and colleague, Dr. Bob Bergamini, has given many talks and shared much information about safety in the cyber-world for kids and teens. So I asked Dr. Bob to share some thoughts about this important topic for this month’s column.
Your children have been back in school for a few weeks now, and it is time for parent–teacher conferences. In addition to discovering whether the teacher really is demanding, unfair and beyond reason (as you may have heard), what can you do to make the best use of the 15 to 20 minutes you have with him or her? I suggest organizing your discussion into general areas.
Franklin Roosevelt once said, The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. After 30 years of practice, I can tell you that, in addition to fear itself, parents fear fever! What is fever, when is it a concern, when and how should it be treated, and why should we care about it?
Terri McLain, Roger Steinbecker, Douglas Durand, Dr. Joseph Kahn
Dr. Joseph and Karen Kahn
School will begin for most youngsters in two or three weeks. For some children and their parents, the transition from summer vacation to the school year is easy; but for others, it is more of a challenge. Some kids will breeze into the classroom, while some will enter under protest. A few parents will shed a tear as they leave their child at school, while others will find it hard to restrain their joy. For those who may have a more difficult time, here are a few tips for getting the school year off to a good start.
We’ve finally gotten some consistently dry and warm weather, so the kids are ready to play outside! While we always say it’s important to get fresh air, it’s also important to be aware of possible dangers that exist outdoors for kids of all ages. As parents and grandparents, we can’t prevent all accidents but we can take steps to reduce the risks.
When a baby arrives in this world, the last thing a parent wants to hear is there may be a medical problem. In many cases, however, the earlier a problem is diagnosed, the better the treatment options and outcome.
Following graduation from college, I spent four years in medical school, then three years in a pediatric residency. This was long before medical student and resident work hours were restricted, so I spent up to 100 hours each week for many years learning medicine – specifically pediatric medicine. I’ve spent the rest of my life practicing to get it right. After all the time, effort and expense, what have I spent most of my professional time doing? Talking about poop: too much, not enough, too hard, too loose—you name it, some mom, dad or grandma has worried about it, and I’ve discussed it.
I am blessed with five grandchildren; and two of them are blessed—or cursed—with allergies. I’ve previously discussed food allergies; and this month, we talk about springtime environmental allergies. Once again, I called on my colleague, Mercy Clinic pediatric allergist Dr. Laura Esswein, to share her expertise.
Physical inactivity literally is killing America. Data indicates that 11 percent of children ages 6 to 11, and 14 percent of those ages 11 to 16, are obese. In addition, more than one-half of adults don’t meet recommended levels of activity, and half of them have no regular physical activity. Sedentary lifestyles lead to increased health risks and higher health care costs. Since this habit of inactivity begins early in life, the promotion of physical activity among children is imperative for their health and for the future of our nation.
I have five grandchildren, one as much fun and as charming as the next. Two of them are allergic to foods: One has allergies to tree nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds and melons; the other is allergic to milk, soy and eggs. When I was a kid—in what my children refer to as ‘the olden days’—I can’t remember any of my friends having food allergies. And when I began practicing pediatrics in 1980, food allergies were quite rare. In recent years, food allergies seem to be more common. I asked my colleague and Mercy Clinic pediatric allergist Dr. Laura Esswein, who cares for both of my allergic grandchildren, about this. Here are some of her thoughts:
On the evening of Dec. 14, hours after the tragic killings of innocents in Connecticut, Mercy Children’s Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Duru Sakhrani participated in an expert panel on KSDK on how to communicate with children during times of tragedy. How should we discuss situations like the death of a loved one, a pending divorce, or the loss of a home? Here are some of her tips.
We’re all familiar with the Norman Rockwell version of Thanksgiving dinners: grandma with the turkey, grandpa ready to carve, smiling faces, and children sitting expectantly—family bliss immortalized. I’m certain that all of your holiday celebrations are exactly like that, right? On the outside chance that you’ve experienced otherwise, here are a few tips for dealing with the stress that sometimes accompanies this time of year.
Halloween was just a few days ago, so I’m sure the kids still have bags of candy around the house. With candy comes the threat of cavities (and a perfect segue into childhood dental care).
You’re expecting a second baby. This should be a breeze. You know what to expect as you recover from childbirth and you’re probably less anxious about how to care for your second child. Yet, bringing home baby No. 2 is much different than bringing home the first. You‘ll be faced with the reaction of your older child. How will she react to being a brother or sister? How will you meet the needs of two children? What can you do to make the adjustment easier for her and for you?
It’s that time of year again. School buses are back on the streets. The kids may or may not be bummed out about summer being over. Nonetheless, moms and dads are probably celebrating about getting some ‘me’ time back. This also is the brief time of the year when pediatric offices are not so busy. The summer rush of school and sports physicals is over, and the children in school have not yet generously shared their germs with each other. However, it’s only a matter of time.
For those of you who haven’t already taken your summer vacation, you still have time before school starts. Vacations, especially long car trips, with small children can cause anxiety for parents. I’ve experienced this first-hand—as I’m sure many of you have, as well, though I admit there were far fewer electronic devices for my children. For those of you who are new to the game and unsure of the best way to prepare for traveling with your little ones, here are a few suggestions:
Memorial Day marked the unofficial start to summer. Most swimming pools are now open, which means kids are going to be spending more time outside. This is the time of year that we need to reiterate the importance of sun protection. It only takes one episode of blistering sunburn to increase a child’s risk of future skin cancer. More than half of a person’s lifetime ultraviolet (UV) exposure typically occurs during childhood and adolescence.
From expanding pediatric transport capabilities to distraction tools for children during long stays for treatment, Mercy Health Foundation’s Benefit for the Kids is essential to optimizing the capabilities of Mercy Children’s Hospital. “This event allows us to provide better care, enhance the patient experience and reach out to the community in ways that we otherwise wouldn’t be able to,” says Mercy Children’s Hospital president Dr. Joseph Kahn.
Summer is a time for fun: vacations, swimming, ball games, picnics and trips to the emergency room. WAIT! Let’s work on avoiding the latter. This summer, almost 3 million children will visit the ER for treatment of trauma and almost 2,000 of them will die from their injuries. Simple preventive measures and close supervision can reduce this number. Think safety whenever you and your children are around water, riding in the car, playing sports, out in the sun or around fires.
During the summer of 1963, after I graduated from elementary school but before I began high school, my friends and I would ride our bikes from our homes in the South City to downtown St. Louis. We would leave in the morning, make the 10- to- 12-mile ride down Gravois Road to 12th street, and bum around downtown all day. We didn’t wear helmets and thought—as did our parents—that this was a great way to spend the day.
Wet sheets, wet pajamas, an embarrassed child and frustrated parents: This scene is familiar to many of us. Bed-wetting, also known as nocturnal enuresis, often is a normal part of a child’s development. Most children are fully toilet-trained and dry at night by the age of 4, but 15 percent of 5-year-olds entering kindergarten still wet the bed. Twice as many boys as girls wet the bed at night after the age of 6; and by the age of 8, fewer than 5 percent of children wet the bed.
MILLIE CAIN (1) has joined First State Bank of St. Charles as senior private mortgage advisor to lead the initiative of First Bank’s Private Mortgage Banking Group.