Category: Health & Safety

We're nearly a year into the pandemic. Now what?

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It is November 1, 2020, as I write this article. You will be reading this in Winter 2021. So much will happen between today and the new year: the election (pause and breathe), Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and New Year’s. That is a lot to take in under normal circumstances, but this year, none of it will be exactly normal. Whatever comes of the election and the intense holiday season, there will certainly be additional tension at the start of the year ...

Posted on February 19, 2021 at 4:44 PM by Gertrude Lyons

COVID-19 and PTSD: How to handle the whirlwind of emotions

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COVID and PTSD. Both of these words are in all-caps because they are words that mean more than the one word itself. COVID is our generation’s first and only pandemic that has been so charged that we often find ourselves saying phrases like, “I have PTSD,” or “I am OCD.” However, it is important to define the words we are using. In narrative therapy, we focus a lot on wording as a way to validate and change our negatives to more positive biographies of our life. ...

Posted on February 19, 2021 at 4:38 PM by Crystal Clair

Safely navigating kids' winter sports during COVID

2020 was truly a very difficult year with regards to the coronavirus pandemic. There is a lot we know now that we didn’t know at its start and still so much to learn. Scientists and medical researchers are working hard to develop therapeutic medications and vaccines to help protect us from the harms this virus can cause. Families everywhere have had to make sacrifices in their personal lives, work lives and the ways they enjoy sports and recreation, all the while trying to find new ways t...

Posted on February 09, 2021 at 12:04 PM by Anita Chandra-Puri

This is how to travel with young kids during a pandemic

It’s not really ever easy to fly with kids. But the reward of getting to your final destination for a family vacay and creating amazing memories makes it all worth it. Right?? That’s what I tried to remind myself when my husband surprised me with a family trip to San Diego for my birthday. During the midst of a global pandemic.

Part of me was so excited to go somewhere, to have an adventure with our family, to get out of the normal day-to-day routine. The other part of me was panicked....

Posted on January 28, 2021 at 10:23 AM by Liza Balistreri Cahill

Self-care during Covid: Creating your own pandemic slowdown

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Looking back at the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, as much as I was telling myself that everything was OK, I was dealing with my own internal panic:

I can’t go to Trader Joe’s anymore because they don’t do Instacart. Eek.
I am going to have to live with Instacart never getting my grocery order right. Eek!
I am not going to get any work done because I will have to share my workday schedule’s blocks of free time to homeschool. Eek.
M...

Posted on October 29, 2020 at 7:08 AM by Nicole Walker

A pediatrician's guide to keeping your kids and community safe from flu and Covid-19

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Every patient encounter I have these days ends with the question, “So, doc, what should I do about my child going to daycare or school?” The question is general, and yet very personal. Each family has to weigh the risks and benefits, the costs both financial and emotional, and the balance of work and child safety that affect them. While this is an individual decision, each family is part of a community; at this time, more than ever, each family has to share ...

Posted on October 27, 2020 at 2:03 PM by Anita Chandra-Puri

What it's like to be a parent with Covid

My husband brought it in. At least, that’s what we think. We still have no idea where exactly he picked up the coronavirus, but it came into our house around mid-to-late March and upended our newly sheltered-in-place world. 

He first went down with extreme fatigue. He would occasionally shiver, and he had a cough, though not an entirely dry one, so we played multiple rounds of “allergies, flu, or COVID?” Tests were still in very rare supply at this point, reserved for only the sickest,...

Posted on June 03, 2020 at 3:08 PM by Taylor Wood

4 tips for managing your kids' coronavirus anxiety

The coronavirus can be scary for kids. Kids pick up on information and emotions from the adults around them, and some kids may become worried or anxious about this information. Here are some tips for how to best support your child when presented with worrisome information.

Focus on what you can control
In a society overwhelmed with news and information, worry around COVID-19 can make us feel helpless and out of control. It is hard to believe or find a way to gain some sense of action ...

Posted on March 19, 2020 at 2:07 PM by Annie McGunagle

A Chicago pediatrician answers your questions about coronavirus

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Like many people around the world, our parent members have countless questions about COVID-19, an illness caused by a new coronavirus strain that has led to thousands of deaths worldwide and spurred the cancelation of major events such as South by Southwest in Austin and trade shows in Chicago—not to mention some area schools. Parents hoping to find information to keep their families safe posted questions on the NPN discussion forum for Anita Chandra-Pu...

Posted on March 09, 2020 at 10:33 AM by Laura Baginski

Coat or no? Car seat safety during the cold winter months

We sure know how to bundle up in the Midwest. We don’t let winter stop us from living life and enjoying the parks, zoos and fun outdoor activities. But it’s a lot of work to get all that winter gear on, and then there's that “no coats in car seats” rule. Madness! As a child passenger safety instructor at Lurie Children's Hospital (and a mom), I have some practical tips on how you can buckle in your kids safely and quickly during our never-ending winters.

Why can’t my kid wear a coat in...

Posted on December 10, 2019 at 10:52 AM by Jessica Choi