Posts Tagged ‘Health and Wellness’
Avoid These Pediatric Holiday Hazards
Button batteries, chaffing dishes, holiday nuts…we’re hustling and bustling, meeting and greeting and all awhile we need to keep track of these potential holiday hazards. Thank you to Children’s Physicians Medical group for this helpful and timely video.
Easing Your Child’s Anxiety at the Doctor’s Office
Contributed by Dr. Jaime Friedman from the CPMG office in 4S Ranch
Pediatricians have all been there — the child is screaming, the parent is anxious, and the exam just isn’t getting done. During a busy day, it’s hard to wait for a parent to calm their child for an adequate lung or ear exam, so now the doctor is anxious! There are preparatory steps that a parent can remember to make a visit to the doctor more comfortable for the little patient:
- Prepare your child in advance. Let him/her play doctor with a set of toy doctor tools. Bring the toys with you, or bring a stuffed toy for the doctor to examine.
- Don’t lie about shots or promise that there won’t be any if you are coming for a well visit. The immunization schedule is always being updated and boosters get added. The shots are usually built into the well visit and are part of preventative care, so that is the best time to get them done if they are needed.
- Make sure you can hold your child for the exam, even if they are freaking out. The exam will be faster and more effective if your child is still.
- Avoid saying “it’s ok” or “it won’t hurt.” It is better for your child to hear you validate his/her emotions and know that being scared or nervous is actually ok. They don’t have to like or enjoy what’s being done to them.
- It’s ok to have a “lovey” or favorite toy with you, or even a song or movie on your phone to distract your child.
We understand that coming to see us can be scary. Let’s face it, the wait is boring, we use big words and there may be something painful coming.
But when it’s all over, we both want what is best for your child, which is to have an accurate exam and diagnosis. The best way to make that happen is for your child to be at ease and cooperate as much as possible. If that means a little bribery is needed (do I hear sticker and lollipop?), well, I’m not going to object!
For more information about Children’s Physicians Medical Group pediatricians, please click here.
Free Car Seat Safety Checks
If you’re not sure about how to install your baby’s car seat, help is available.
Babies R Us and the CHP are teaming up to provide FREE car seat safety checks this weekend. A complimentary car seat safety check event will be held this Sunday, November 2nd from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Babies R Us in Chula Vista.
No pre-registration is required. Just arrive at the Babies R Us located at 1860 Main Ct in Chula Vista between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and let the experts properly install your baby’s car seat.
If you are unable to attend the November 2nd event, here is a list of other San Diego organizations that provide free safety checks:
Kohl’s/Rady’s Children’s Hospital Car Seat Inspection at Kohl’s East Lake, Chula Vista. Click link to schedule your appointment.
Central San Diego
Kohl’s/Rady’s Children’s Hospital Car Seat Inspection at Rady’s Children’s Plaza in Serra Mesa and at the Balboa Kohl’s. Click the link to schedule your appointment.
California Highway Patrol-San Diego , 4902 Pacific Highway twice a month on Saturdays. First come first served, call 619-220-5492 for more information.
La Mesa Police Department at 8085 University Ave. Free inspection on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 9am. First come first served, no appointments needed. Call 619-667-1400 for more information.
California Highway Patrol, 1722 East Main Street in El Cajon. Tuesday mornings, call 619-401-2000 for appointment.
Kohl’s/Rady’s Children’s Hospital Car Seat Inspection; Kohl’s of Rancho San Diego. Click the link to schedule your appointment.
California Highway Patrol, 1888 Oceanside Blvd. in Oceanside. Once a month, first come first served from 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.. Call 760-757-1675 for available dates.
Kohl’s/Rady’s Children’s Hospital Car Seat Inspection for Encinitas and San Marcos. Click the link to schedule your appointment.
California Law (Effective 01/01/2012):
Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat.
Children under the age of 8 who are 4′ 9″ or taller may be secured by a safety belt in the back seat.
Children who are 8 years and over shall be properly secured in an appropriate child passenger restraint system or safety belt.
Passengers who are 16 years of age and over are subject to California’s Mandatory Seat Belt law.
For accurate, up-to-date car seat safety information, visit http://www.thecarseatlady.com/.
Kinda Funny, But Not Really…
When I heard that this week was “World Continence Week” I chuckled. Is there seriously a day or week to recognize every condition or situation known to man?
I guess World Continence Week was why this adult diaper cartoon was floating around Facebook.
Haha. Adult diapers.
I know my friends and I laugh about this topic a lot.
“Sorry kids, can’t join you on the trampoline. Haha…I pee myself when I jump” (or laugh, or cough…)
I was laughing, but this cartoon made me pause. If my girlfriends and I suffer from stress induced incontinence now when we are still young and strong, what will it be like when we are old and weak?
The slogan of World Continence Week is Managing the Mother Load, referring to the load pregnancy places on the pelvic floor, as well as the other burdens we mothers must balance, which can result in us not prioritizing our own health needs. In my case, I’ve had a mild (but very annoying) problem with incontinence for at least 6 years, yet I have never once mentioned it to my gynecologist. I guess I just thought it was an incurable, natural consequence of pregnancy and vaginal childbirth or my fault for not doing enough Kegels during my pregnancies.
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is defined as involuntary leakage of urine following exertion, and childbirth is considered the most common cause of SUI.
As the baby grows, its weight and the pregnant uterus produce anatomical changes to the bladder and urethra. There is also increased mobility of the bladder due to hormonal changes in pregnancy, which can also affect the pelvic floor complex. Some studies show that incontinence can occur as a result of pregnancy alone, regardless of whether the baby is delivered with a lot of pushing through vaginal delivery or through c-section. If you’ve carried a baby, you may have “my” problem.
So what can we do?
Well, the first step recommended by experts is to see your doctor (GYN or primary care for example) for evaluation and diagnosis. I am not going to make a special appointment for this, but I will talk to my awesome doctor during my next annual visit. I’m assuming he will refer me to an outpatient pelvic physical therapy program, which I’m totally up for if I am not able to successfully treat myself with pelvic floor exercises.
I just ordered this video and these vaginal cones, after reading that Kegels using weights are more effective for increasing vaginal floor strength. There are many You Tube videos offering Kegel exercise instruction. From what I gather, it can take several months of daily exercising “down there” to see improvement. I’ll let you know how it goes.
If you are pregnant or a new mom, be aware that incontinence is a very common problem. I hope you won’t wait 6 years like I have to investigate solutions.
Enjoy this special guest blog post and giveaway from Amber Rukaj, LMFT, Mommy, and President of the Postpartum Health Alliance.
With Mother’s Day just weeks away, come and enjoy Mamafest this Friday at the La Costa Resort and Spa! Keep reading for a chance to win a package of four tickets for a Mom’s Night Out!
Mamafest, the annual fundraising event for The Postpartum Health Alliance, gives San Diego moms (and expecting moms) a chance to get out of the house and make local connections to support them through all stages of pregnancy and motherhood. The event not only draws hundreds of local moms for a fun night out at a beautiful venue, it also raises awareness about The Postpartum Health Alliance (PHA) and the all-volunteer network they have to support San Diego moms suffering from postpartum depression and related disorders.
“Six weeks after my twins were born, I found myself dreading each new day, constantly anxious and hopeless about the future,” confides Jessica Heldman, now Program Director of PHA. “When I reached out for help, I discovered that I was not alone and that the way I felt was not my fault. I also learned that I could get better,” she continued.
Mamafest aims to not only raise funds for PHA’s annual non-profit operating budget, but also to provide local moms with an opportunity to connect with mom-friendly vendors and services. The event will feature a vendor marketplace, swag bags, light food, a cash bar, educational and engaging speakers, and a silent auction full of great items for mom and baby. This year’s event will take place Friday, April 27, 2012 from 7pm-10pm at the La Costa Resort.
Mamafest is presented by Stroller Strides and is the official San Diego event for Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM). Tickets are on sale for $20 in advance. Learn more online and buy tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com. In addition, the first person to comment here and leave their email address will win a package of four tickets to the event!
Hope to see you there!
San Diego Cooking Classes for Kids
Today is my little brother’s birthday. He just finished his freshman year at Texas A & M and is ready to learn to cook, so I sent him my favorite Sam the Cooking Guy cookbook and Craig Claiborne’s Kitchen Primer. But I really wish I could have gotten him a cooking class. I caught the cooking bug in elementary school when I took a summer cooking camp and made cream puffs and chicken-salad-stuffed avocados for my family.
They say kids will love healthy eating when they learn to prepare healthy foods, so I’m committed to inspiring my kids before they get to college. This week Mallory participated in Jamie Oliver’s Big Rig Kitchen where she used a chef’s knife for the first time while helping prepare crispy oven baked garlic chicken.
The mission of these free “learn to cook” classes is to improve health and spread food education in underserved communities. It was way cool, and Mal is eager to prepare a dinner for her family!
There is still time to sign up for Jamie’s free classes since the Big Rig Kitchen will be in town until May 31st. But if you don’t make it, here is a list of places in San Diego where kids can learn to cook…
2. Chef Jenn offers private cooking parties for kids.
5. Local grocery stores also offer occasional kids’ cooking classes like the Wholefoods in Del Mar’s Kids’ Club, which is hosting strawberry shortcake from scratch this Saturday.
6. The owner of Cook for Thought instructs this month’s Wholefoods Kids’ Club cooking class. Through Cook for Thought, she also offers cooking classes, summer camps, school assemblies and private cooking events for children.
8. Sur la Table has three San Diego locations, and each offers a summer cooking camp for kids in addition to the occasional child-oriented class.
9. My Cool Kid Cooks provides mobile junior chef cooking classes, birthday parties and summer camps.
10. Harvard Cookin’ Girl in La Jolla offers kids’ cooking classes, camps and birthday parties.
Shingle Bells, Shingle Bells
And they say that once you have the shingles, you need to rest and reduce your stress levels.
Imagine trying to rest and reduce your stress levels when you get the shingles at Christmastime, as I did. Ha!
Getting shingles at the (relatively) young age of 42 when I have little ones to care for and the biggest holiday of the year to prepare for was not only painful, but a big pain. With a lot of time to lay around and think, I started to wonder… are my children, who have been vaccinated against chicken pox, protected from this kind of pain and inconvenience? And did the vaccination help them avoid catching chicken pox from me? To find out the answer I asked the experts at Children’s Physicians Medical Group, and Dr. Gina Rosenfeld was kind enough to answer in her blog, Kids’ Health 1st.
Here is Dr. Rosenfeld’s response:
At least 3-4 times a month I get asked about chickenpox, the vaccine, and its protection against and relationship to shingles. Most people have heard about shingles, may even know someone who has had it, seem to know there is some relationship to chickenpox, but don’t fully understand what that relationship is. For that reason, I thought that this would be a good topic to discuss and I could give a quick chickenpox-shingles 101 lesson.
Chickenpox is a member of the herpesvirus family. Humans are the only source of infection for this highly contagious virus. It is spread quite easily from person to person by direct contact, airborne droplets and respiratory secretions (that means sneezing and coughing) and direct contact with vesicular lesions from both chickenpox and zoster (or shingles) lesions. Once you become infected with chickenpox, the varicella-zoster virus never leaves your body, but becomes dormant in your nerve root endings. Reactivation of the virus results in zoster, or “shingles”.
As chickenpox is characterized by an itchy, vesicular rash all over the body, shingles consists of grouped vesicles in 1 to 3 small areas that are innervated by the nerve root ending that the virus reactivated from (these are called dermatomes). Shingles is usually quite painful and can continue to be uncomfortable even after all of the lesions have cleared up.
As mentioned earlier, both the lesions from chickenpox and shingles are highly contagious. Persons with the disease are contagious from 1-2 days before the vesicles are visible and remain contagious until they are all crusted over. Both chickenpox (varicella) and shingles (zoster) cause chickenpox in susceptible children and adults who do not have immunity, either by disease or immunization. Remember, you can’t get shingles without first having chickenpox or the vaccine.
Most parents worry about their kids getting shingles or chickenpox from a family member who has shingles. Most of the time it’s a grandparent. Here’s the good news, most toddlers and children have received their chickenpox vaccine at 12 months of age and a second dose between 4-6 years, and therefore are protected and free to be around that family member. If, however, they are under one year of age or have not received their vaccine, I would recommend avoiding exposure, as they are definitely susceptible to contracting chickenpox.
Does the vaccine protect you from getting shingles? No, but data has shown that the severity of shingles seems to be milder among vaccinated children compared to children that contracted chickenpox the old fashioned way.
How effective is the vaccine? The efficacy of 1 dose is 70-90% against contracting chickenpox and 95% effective against severe disease. Those are some pretty good numbers!
How long does the vaccine keep you protected? The vaccine has only been licensed in the United States since 1995, but current studies from Japan indicate persistence of immunity for at least 20 years.
Finally, does my child really need this vaccine? Yes. Most parents remember getting chickenpox as children. They remember the itching, maybe a fever and some achiness, oatmeal baths, calamine lotion, and missing a week of school. For the most part that is what chickenpox is all about. I too remember all of the above, and I also know that I was single handedly responsible for the majority of my kindergarten class contracting the disease. However, not all cases of chickenpox are harmless. Complications from chickenpox can cause hospitalization and in rare cases death. I saw this first hand during my residency. The 7-year-old boy in the ICU with severe pneumonia and respiratory distress syndrome. He was on a ventilator with multiple chest tubes when I began my rotation and he was still the same, one month later, when I finished. Then the teenage girl with half of the skin on her back removed from the extreme staph skin infection complicating her chickenpox. Finally, the little baby who just turned 18 months, and was in the crusting over phase of his chickenpox when he stopped breathing and died. On autopsy it was discovered that he had a chickenpox lesion in the area of his brain that controls breathing. None of these kids were fortunate enough to have had the chickenpox vaccine because it was not yet available.
Now the good news, since the introduction of the vaccine, the overall rate of hospitalization from chickenpox has declined by 90% and there have been few fatal cases. As with many diseases today we forget how bad they can be. Let’s not forget and instead be thankful that our kids are fortunate to live in an era where they can be protected through vaccination.
Soccer Shots: THE Children’s Soccer Experience Developing Stronger Youth
Introduce your child to the wonderful world of sports through Soccer Shots, starting at age 2!
Soccer Shots is for families who want the best for their young children (2+ years), are actively engaged in their education and are looking for a fun and age appropriate sports activity.
Soccer Shots is THE Children’s Soccer Experience that introduces children to soccer with a focus on character development.
- We are a national organization of caring individuals positively impacting children’s lives through memorable and engaging experiences.
- Our carefully selected coaches are passionate about teaching children, have an intimate knowledge of soccer and are professionally trained in using our acclaimed, creative and non-competitive curricula.
- We provide timely rich communication to families about their child’s enthusiastic participation and the Soccer Shots experience.
Who? We have a 2 year old specific program, a 3-5 year old program and also a 6-8 year old program. Each age group curriculum is different and extremely age appropriate.
What? We focus on having FUN, while guiding kids through imaginative type games that teach basic soccer skills but that also give us the venue to teach the kids the positive character traits that come along with being part of a group and a team and having a coach.
Why? Development of your child’s Confidence, Character, Teamwork, Coordination, and Imagination are all vital to their success in life.
Come try a class for FREE and see why Soccer Shots has been rated the #1 Children’s Fitness Program in the USA by Entrepreneur Magazine year after year.
For more information and to see a schedule of weekly classes at park locations close to you visit www.SoccerShots.org/SDCC, call 619-566-9566 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.