Thanks Coast Live for inviting me to discuss how to avoid heavy metals in baby foods.  It’s always fun to come to the studio and watch the magic happen.  Hopefully, we got the information out that you can decrease your child’s risk of exposure to heavy metals in baby food with just a few simple changes.  Watch the video to learn more:  https://www.wtkr.com/coast-live/advice-for-feeding-todays-baby-with-dr-melanie-j-wilhelm-on-coast-live

Have siri set an alarm for Wed. Feb 12, 2020 at 10 am and switch on WTKR: Channel 3 (Norfolk) for Coast Live! They have invited me to discuss a study which found heavy metal contamination in 95% of baby foods tested.  Late fall 2019, a study was released that tested 168 baby foods, 61 brands from 17 stores nationwide. 1/4th of the baby foods had all four metals tested: lead,arsenic, mercury and cadmium. This is concerning due to the affects these metals can have on developing brains, resulting in lower IQ points and behavioral changes. Watch to find out what YOU can do to protect YOUR child.

Thanks Coast Live for inviting me!  https://www.wtkr.com/coast-live

I find that I spend a good deal of time striving for organization in my life.  I could not keep the schedule I keep without organization.  You see I work two jobs: as a clinician Doctor of Nursing Practice & Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, seeing patients three days each week and as an adjunct Assistant Professor with a local university. I am also a parent of two and a wife, a sister and a friend.  Try to squeeze in exercise and an occasional movie and that’s all the time we have.  Yet, I try to find more….time to write a monthly magazine column (TidewaterFamily.com), time to make a TV appearance (https://www.wtkr.com/coast-live), and time to write my third book (Raising Today’s Toddler).  I’ve had some success at this. I completed my masters and doctoral degrees while raising 2 kids and being the wife of a Navy spouse (who was often deployed). I have published a book: Raising Today’s Baby and it’s update:  Raising Today’s Baby, 2nd edition, available on amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Raising-Todays-Baby-complete-parenting/), and having survived generally up to this point (barely).  Don’t get me wrong.  I still MUST sleep.  I still get sick.  I still am HUMAN. I still have bad days.  I still fall short. I just believe that with a LITTLE more organization, you spend LESS time looking for lost keys and more time getting your GOALS accomplished. So this month I wrote my Tidewater family article on organization tips (https://www.tidewaterfamily.com/health/plan-to-be-organized).  I wish for you a more organized year and less lost keys. 

Many parents ask me, “Could my child have ADHD?”.  In order to answer that question, we need to consider the different types of ADHD.  There are 3 main types of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).  

  1. Inattentive: These are our daydreamers.  They miss the assignment because they are looking out the window, lost in their own world. Often these children are not diagnosed, as they aren’t a “problem” in class.
  2. Hyperactive: These are our energizer bunnies.  They can’t sit still.  It’s hard to learn if you are unable to focus and pay attention.
  3. Combined: They are a little bit busy and a little bit inattentive.

Could your child have ADHD?  Read this month’s article: https://www.tidewaterfamily.com/health/about-adhd

 

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