Thanks so much to the kind folks at the Coast Live for having me on the show to discuss such an important topic. The CDC notes that over 1,000 cases of measles in 28 states have been diagnosed in the U.S. this year, and these numbers continue to climb. These are likely as a result of international travel.  If you are planning to travel internationally, the CDC recommends one MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine for 6 to 12 month old infants and two MMR vaccines (separated by at least 28 days) for those over 12 months.  The MMR is routinely given at 12 months of age with a booster dose between the ages of 4 to 5 years.  
 
Measles is a real problem in our world. Ten children each hour die as a result of a measles. It costs less than $2 to protect a child. Want more information on vaccine preventable disease in children? Shot@life is a grassroots advocacy campaign of the United Nations Foundation. Get more info by texting VACCINES to 738674.  Consider donating to support their efforts.
I’ll be writing more on this topic for the July issue of the Tidewater Family Magazine (available soon). 
 
Need more info on the U. S. measles outbreak? Check out today’s Coast Live:
 

Hey guys!  I hope you will tune in on Tuesday June 25, 2019 to Channel 3 at 10am.  I’m a guest on the Coast Live to discuss the current outbreak of measles in the U.S.  See you then!

So yeah, my family loves their phones.  I do too.  It’s hard to compete with all the options available on the phone.  Still, we as parents must try to set the example.  We must put our own phones down and actually strike up a conversation with our children.  The more we speak to them, the better they can communicate. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommnds a Family Media Plan which can designate device-free zones in your home….like the dinner table or even the car.  I’ve had some of the best discussions with my kids in the car. Give it a try.  Let me know how it goes! 

Read more :  http://www.tidewaterfamily.com/health/put-down-the-phone-and-talk

Okay folks, full disclosure….I love Starbucks.  Well, really any tea or coffee.  Iced tea, skinny lattes, hot tea, frozen fraps…..yum.  But as I sat in Starbucks after Pilates (yes, I go to Club Pilates), I noticed how many kids and teens were there.  Well, I started to think about what the AAP recommends for our kids related to caffiene and what I was seeing….so, long story short, here’s this month’s article in the Tidewater Family Magazine.  Take a look: http://www.tidewaterfamily.com/health/are-your-kids-caffeinated

I’ve got to go now and reload my Starbucks app!

So, you go in to kiss your five-year-old child goodnight and the forehead is really hot.  You get the thermometer and it reads 102.5 degrees F!  You panic a little. Should you be concerned?  Of course.  Many parents fear the fever, when fever really is a friend.  Fever helps our bodies to fight the infection or disease.  Fever “turns up the oven” to cook the germs. Fever is helpful to the body.  Of course, there are exceptions.  Any fever in an infant less than two months of age is an emergency (go to the hospital or doctor’s office immediately).

Want to know what defines a fever?  Take a look at my article for the Tidewater Family Magazine for this month.  

Read more: http://www.tidewaterfamily.com/health/dont-fear-the-fever 

One in three American children are overweight, and a third of those are obese. That amounts to 12.7 million obese children in America according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Why should you be concerned?  Because these children are projected to have shorter lifespans. Obesity is linked to hypertension (high blood pressure), joint problems, sleep apnea, respiratory issues and even cardiovascular (heart) related problems.

Is your child overweight or obese?  Be sure to check their Body Mass Index percentile (BMI%) at your child’s next well visit.

If the BMI% is less than the 5th%: they are underweight.

If the BMI% is between the 5th% and the 85th%: they are at a healthy weight for their height. 

If the BMI% is between the 85th% and 95th%: they are overweight. 

If the BMI% is over the 95th%: they are obese.

What can you do to help prevent pediatric obesity?  Read my article in this month’s Tidewater Family Magazine here: http://www.tidewaterfamily.com/health/you-can-help-stop-childhood-obesity

There’s still time to get your child a flushot.  The CDC (Center for Disease) reported that 80% of the children who died from influenza during the 2017-2018 season had NOT received their flushot. A study in Pediatrics showed that influenza vaccination (flushot) was effective in preventing flu-related deaths in children.   The CDC notes that flu activity is elevated nationally.  It is recommended for everyone six months and older get an annual flushot.  The flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your child’s risk of influenza (the flu). The flumist is NOT recommended this year. Read more about the flushot in this article from the Tidewater family magazine: Don’t forget the flu shot.

Join me on Tuesday January 15, 19 at 10:00 am EST on Channel 3 WTKR as I join hosts Cheryl Nelson and April Woodard on The Coast Live.  I’ll be premiering the Second Edition of Raising Today’s Baby and demonstrating the proper way to burp a baby. I’m looking forward to meeting April and Cheryl. I am thrilled that they have invited me to share my book with their lovely audience. 

You can get your own copy of the Second Edition of Raising Today’s Baby on amazon for $15.95.  It makes a great baby shower gift.  If you already have a copy and love it, please take a few minutes to review it on Amazon. Buy Book Here!  See you Tuesday!

Many parents ask me if the HPV vaccine is right for their child. 79 million people currently are infected with HPV.  Wek know that over 30,000 Americans get a cancer caused by HPV.  Why wouldn’t we want to protect our children from this?

Here are three things you NEED TO KNOW:

  1. The HPV vaccine is recommended at age 11 (with a booster dose in 6-12 months) and works extremely well. 
  2. The HPV vaccine is the BEST way to protect your child from cancer. 
  3. The HPV vaccine is reducing HPV infection.

I gave this vaccine to my child.  You can protect your child as well!  Read more here: http://www.tidewaterfamily.com/health/protecting-kids-from-cancer