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Child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Frieda A. Fotouh discusses children’s school performance with host Dr Carly Snyder on her radio show/podcast MD for Moms.
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When maternity leave ends and mom must re-establish her identity as a woman and a mother, it’s necessary to have a support system. Some practical steps.
Photo attribution: Summer is upon us, which means lots of sun, swimming and fun outdoors.
The many activities of summer come with inherent risks and potential dangers. Drowning is a leading cause of death
for children under 15, especially those age 1-4. Sadly, three children die daily from drowning, and often children drown despite being surrounded by well meaning adults who don't notice their silent death. Experiencing severe sunburns as a child increases risk of melanoma
, and this season is projected to be the worst yet for ticks
. Should we just keep our kids indoors and protect them from all the dangers of the world? NO, of course not! Our kids deserve to enjoy the summer
just as we did, but they also need to be safe and secure
. I have compiled a list of some of my go-to safety products; this list is not exhaustive, and is not meant to replace your pediatrician's recommendations.
PS - scroll down for a 20% off coupon for my favorite swim suits and sun-protective clothing...
All kids should learn how to swim from an early age. This is essential if you have a pool, but really all kids are exposed to water, so it applies to everyone. Parents should all learn CPR and basic life saving techniques in case of threatened drowning. Adults should also always watch their children near water - put down your cell phones, minimize the chatting, and turn off your music. Also, remember to have a strong pool cover and/or keep your pool fenced in. The water safety products below are not a replacement for parental supervision.
This is the Cadillac of swim safety systems. From their website: SEAL SwimSafe is a wearable device that protects swimmers at the pool, on the beach, anywhere you swim, boat, splash or float. The Hub and wearable Bands alert parents and lifeguards with strobes and alarms if a swimmer is submerged too long.
Alarm goes off if anyone enters the pool (remember to turn it off before you voluntarily go in!). People who have it, love it.
The Safety Turtle works with a similar concept as the Seal System but with a lower price point and with fewer bells and whistles: an alarm goes off if the bracelet is submerged for an extended period of time. People really like this system also.
This is an awesome life jacket, and is far superior to any other I have ever seen. We have used versions of it for all our kids for years and they have always been comfortable and happy to put it on and stay in it. It keeps their heads above water, but lets them paddle around and play easily.
Wearable Sun Protection:
Kids and parents should layer with sun-protective clothes and opt for rash guards for extra swim-time protection. Cabana Life is my go-to company for chic swimsuits and coverups and cute, functional rash guard/swimsuits for my kids. Your child will outgrow their Cabana Life bathing suit before it wears out. Use the coupon code CarlySnyder20 for 20% off!
Additionally, always outfit yourself and your child with a hat and sunglasses. Interestingly, not only are sunglasses important for protecting eyes, but they block a complex process that ends up with a darkening of those unsightly lip lines or melasma some of us retained after pregnancy.
Below are my three favorite sunscreen brands. Check out the Environmental Working Group's list of top sunscreens for a more comprehensive list of the best and worst to see if your pick is making the grade. Don't forget to apply enough (1Tbs or more) and reapply at least every 2 hours.
Coola is a very clean line that is very easy to put on, not chalky or gross at all, and is well tolerated by sensitive skin. They also make a good spray, if you want that option.
This sunscreen includes an inbreeding that is a complete sun barrier, and apparently is the best of the best for skin protection.
EltaMD is an awesome brand that makes face and body sunscreens, moisturizers, and other skin care products that are hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic.
Bug / Tick Spray:
Summer means battling mosquitoes and other nasty bugs. If you live in parts of South Florida or Texas, mosquitoes may carry Zika. Elsewhere, mosquitoes continue to pose a small but real risk for West Nile Virus. Mosquito bites are also just annoying and itchy. The CDC and other regulatory agencies suggest DEET to ward off mosquitoes, though some say picaridin is superior.
Ticks are out in full force in the North East this year, which increases the risk for Lyme Disease. Prevention includes frequent tick checks, bug spray, and knowing what to do if a tick is found. You can send a tick to Tick Report to find out within three days if the the tick carried any disease-causing microbes, and then opt for antibiotics if indicated based on the results.
Picaridin is an alternative to DEET
Think I missed something? Did I forget your favorite brand or product? Let me know! I'd love to hear from you.
Save">Keep summer fun and safe with Dr. Carly Snyder's top picks for swim, sun and pest protection.
Keep summer fun and safe with Dr. Carly Snyder’s top picks for swim, sun and pest protection.
Safeguard your marriage by systematically working through a series of issues that will help keep your spouse close and face parenthood happily together.
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Co-sleeping, TV and IPad’s effects on kids and more w/ ped. Dr. Rosalia Porcelli. 855-856-1380 YOUR parenting questions answered LIVE – Wed 1pm est on MD for MOMS -Part of the MDOC series with host Dr. Carly Snyder. Listen via BBMglobalnetwork.com/md-for-moms live or anytime
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This week on MD for Moms, I'll be interviewing Neurologist Dr. David Younger about disorders triggered by infection and autoimmunity that can impact the children's nervous systems. Examples include Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS) and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS).
Everyone has likely heard of Lyme Disease, but did you know that it can affect the brain? This is one of several causes of PANS. Symptoms can be vague, so it is often misdiagnosed. Have you ever heard of PANDAS? It isn't referring to the cute bears in the zoo! PANDAS is a syndrome resulting from strep throat. Children wake up one morning with new tics, or psychiatric symptoms like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Behavior often changes drastically and children can have significant issues in school and at home. Scary!
Dr. Younger will share how these infections impact the body, common symptoms and treatment options. Dr. Younger will share a balanced review and will explain some of the medical controversies surrounding these illnesses.
Have questions about Lyme Disease, PANS or PANDAS? Ask Dr. David Younger LIVE on air: 855-856-1380
Learn more about my guest, Dr. David Younger:
Dr. Younger completed a three-year medicine residency before completing his training in neurology, followed by three years of fellowship before joining Columbia’s faculty as Assistant Professor. He was recruited to three Manhattan hospitals where he served as Chief of Neuromuscular Diseases for over almost two decades, already an established editor and author of several textbooks and over 200 research articles.
Almost 35 years after graduating from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Younger, Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology and Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health, completed a Master of Science degree in epidemiology, and a Master of Public Health degree at NYU, writing his thesis on PANDAS. His research recognized the beneficial effect of immune modulatory therapy in PANDAS, employing intravenous immune globulin.
It was not until he returned to postgraduate training in public health that he discovered that he had an interest and talent in epidemiology research. Recognizing that there are many disorders that impact children that do not neatly fit into the designation of neurologic or psychiatric, Dr. Younger has paved the way for a doctorate degree in public health this fall to contribute to the emerging field of childhood inflammatory brain diseases.">Neurologist Dr. David Younger discusses Lyme Disease, PANDAS and more on MD for Moms - Wed 1pm est 855-856-1380 with host Dr. Carly Snyder. Listen live on TuneIn radio and the BBM Global Network or anytime via BBMglobalnetwork.com/md-for-moms
Neurologist Dr. David Younger discusses Lyme Disease, PANDAS and more on MD for Moms – Wed 1pm est 855-856-1380 with host Dr. Carly Snyder. Listen live on TuneIn radio and the BBM Global Network or anytime via BBMglobalnetwork.com/md-for-moms
Planning for the normal stresses of each trimester and the postpartum period reduces unnecessary anxiety and provides a seamless transition to parenthood
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Pediatrician Dr. Jen is answering your questions on MD for Moms MDOC series with host Dr. Carly Snyder, Wed at 1pm EST. Call 855-856-1380 to ask your question live on air. Listen live on TuneIn radio and the BBM Global Network or anytime via BBMglobalnetwork.com/md-for-moms