By Julia Getzelman, MD – CEO & Founder Getzwell Personalized Pediatrics Researchers recently discovered a medically significant silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic: a marked decrease in most respiratory illnesses in children. This dramatic drop was a rare bright spot during such a challenging time. But you might be wondering, if some respiratory illnesses like …
Q: My baby is 5 days old and is having diarrhea. A: After the first few days of life when your baby passes meconium that is very dark and sticky, it’s normal for your newborn’s poop to begin to be very watery and seem like diarrhea. Breast fed infants, in particular, have stools that are …
Believe it or not, acne, breast buds, and dandruff are normal in newborns! Read on for more information about these conditions: Peeling, dry skin is commonly seen during the first few weeks of life. After birth babies need to “shed” their first skin. It may appear baby has dry and peeling or cracking skin particularly …
You can feel it—autumn is here. Halloween is behind us, we have switched the clocks back from daylight savings time, and the air is getting chillier. With this seasonal shift, many of us are already dealing with more colds and other viruses. And even though we grown-ups may be thoroughly washing our hands for at least 20 seconds and avoiding touching our faces, others (including our children) are still learning to do those things consistently. The bottom line is this: we’re all around germs every day and nobody wants to get sick. So what are our best defenses? And how do we boost our immunity? Read on! We have answers.
Behavior and anxiety disorders among children are at an all-time high. A recent study revealed that attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in kids has become more common over the past twenty years, with an increase from 6.1 percent in 1997 to 10.2 percent in 2016 – that’s over 6 million kids between 2-17 years! This is the “new normal,” but this is NOT normal.
Our bodies are teeming with microbes – inside and out. In fact, we walk around with 100 trillion single celled organisms (4 pounds of bacteria!) that we rely on to keep us healthy. The number of bacteria that live in and on us is so vast that they (those not originated in the body) outnumber our own body cells 10 to 1!
Pinworms are the most common parasitic infection in the United States with a general incidence rate of about 11% among people of all ages. Pinworms are small, white, thread-like organisms that infect the large intestine and anal area.
Parents are too often led to believe that “kids get sick, that’s just what happens.” But that isn’t necessarily true! Indeed, a child’s developing immune system makes them more susceptible to illness, especially with frequent exposure to germs at daycares, classrooms, and playgrounds. But there are many proactive measures that can help your child fend off common and seasonal illnesses.
What you choose to put in your body during pregnancy directly impacts your child’s health – and Tylenol (aka acetaminophen/paracetamol) is no exception. For decades Tylenol has been commercially endorsed as THE “go-to” over-the-counter pain reliever, with over 60% of women in the United States relying on it to alleviate aches and pains related to pregnancy. However, mounting evidence continues to underscore the potential short- and long-term health risks it poses to babies – before and after birth.
When your kid gets sick, your first instinct is often to run to the nearest drugstore in search of a “kid-friendly” over-the-counter drug. However, kids are not little adults and commercial medications can be really hard on – and often dangerous to – their sensitive developing systems.