Category: Health & Safety
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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.
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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
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
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 ...
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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
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
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A new school, friend drama, sports pressure. There are countless things that can stress kids out. When coupled with schedules that are busier than ever, it’s no wonder that anxiety is on the rise in kids. As parents try to navigate their child’s moods and intense feelings, many have asked me about natural approaches to anxiety relief such as CBD. Does it work? Is it safe? Is it worth the hype? In short, yes, CBD can be effective for children, bu...Posted on October 08, 2019 at 7:00 AM
In the whirlwind of the school week, throwing together a haphazard lunch can easily happen. We are busy. We run out of ideas. We forget to feed ourselves half the time!
But when you plan ahead, school lunches can be healthy and fun for your kids, and you transform into a rockstar parent. Ta-da!
The key is to prepare with fun “tools”...
Lunch box/bag/container: Whatever the style, easily washable is key. And durable. Must be durable.
Veggie shape cutters: Melon or cucumber al...
My 4-year-old and I had a date with our pediatrician yesterday. Though kids can get their second MMR vaccine any time between 4 and 6 years old, he received his second MMR vaccine exactly a week after his 4th birthday. After the visit, we got cinnamon rolls (and a large coffee for me) and I told him how proud and excited I was that he was protected against measles and a bunch of other nasty diseases much better now.
It sounds pretty cheesy, but I said this out loud to him and I woke u...Posted on April 25, 2019 at 10:03 AM
Whooping cough (pertussis) is spreading in some of Chicago's North Side neighborhoods. We want to make sure everyone follows some basic tips to help ensure the health and safety of the community.
What is whooping cough?
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. It is caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis.
Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe.
After cough fits, someone with...Posted on March 07, 2019 at 3:43 PM