Asthma is a scary word.  It conjures images of kids coughing and wheezing while struggling to breathe.  Asthma can be scary, but it can also be managed if diagnosed and treated appropriately.  I have lived this life, having a child with asthma.  In fact, I decided to return to school BECAUSE of my child with asthma.  It seemed to me that no one could give me the answers I needed to PREVENT her flares. I remember waking to that dreaded nighttime cough (a signal of an asthma flare) and thinking….here we go again. Over time, we learned her triggers (cold air, weather changes, viral illness like colds, exposure to smoke/fumes from fire) and got the preventative medication we needed by working with a wonderful Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. If you, like me, want to learn MORE about asthma and HELP protect the ones you love, read my article in this months Tidewater Family Magazine:  https://www.tidewaterfamily.com/health/kids-and-asthma    Share this with family and friends so that we can help others live healthier lives. I thank you for your support in my mission to help parents raise healthy, happy children! 

Thanks to all the fine folks at Coast Live for inviting me to be a guest earlier this week.  I enjoyed educating the public about influenza (the flu).  Lots of folks think that the flu is a stomach bug, but in fact, it is a serious respiratory disorder characterized by fever, chills, body aches, headache, runny nose, sore throat and cough. The flu can derail any plans landing you in bed for a solid week. 

Best to protect yourself from the flu with a flushot.  I got mine last week and it wasn’t bad at all.  You may notice some soreness at the site of the injection and a bit of fatigue, but it won’t last long. It’s a myth that the flushot can give you the flu: it’s a dead virus. It can’t.

The CDC recommends that we all get our flu shots before the end of October. Make it more tolerable for your kids by pairing it with a fun activity such as getting your pumpkin or choosing a Halloween costume. Happy fall y’all!

Watch the segment here: https://wtkr.com/2019/10/22/fighting-and-preventing-the-flu-this-season-on-coast-live/

Have you ever been startled out of sleep by a screaming child?  Nothing makes your blood run cold like hearing a blood-curdling scream in the middle of the night.  You jump from bed and run into your child’s room to see them sitting up, eyes open, mouth wide….screaming.  You ask, “What’s wrong?” but you get no reply.  It’s as if they haven’t heard you.  What is happening here?  It’s a night terror.  Read more: https://www.tidewaterfamily.com/health/nightmares-and-night-terrors

Chances are you’ve never heard of Container Baby Syndrome.  That’s because in years past, we didn’t see it.  Container Baby Syndrome occurs when a baby is placed in a container (like a carseat) for an extended period of time.  The container may be a car seat, a stroller, a swing, a bouncer,etc.  This prolonged immobilization can cause developmental delays.  The baby may not sit up well, may be late to crawl or walk. Babies need time to wiggle and move.  They need supervised tummy time while awake and on a flat surface (where they cannot fall).  They need to be held and played with.

Babies need to sleep on their backs to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  They do need to restrained while in a car: in a car seat, rear-facing and in the back seat until they outgrow the specifics for their car seat. 

Limit how much time your baby spends in any containers.  Use car seats ONLY for car rides.  Read more at:  https://www.tidewaterfamily.com/health/container-baby-syndrome

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!