March 2 is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day. On this day that celebrates reading, here are our top 10 reasons that reading is important:
- Reading relaxes the body and calms the mind
- Reading is “brain food”
- Reading helps children be compassionate and develop empathy
Dr. Kristen Sharp, UW Health obstetrician gynecologist, realizes there is a lot of misinformation about pregnancy. She co-hosted a Facebook Live session recently to set the record straight on many of the common questions women have. Below are her insights, many of which also are addressed during CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care sessions.
Watch for a future post from her co-host, Dr. Jasmine Zapata, pediatrician, who covered common questions about newborn care.
For a pediatrician from California, Wisconsin winters are one thing I don’t think I’ll ever get used to. If your family does decide to venture out into the cold, here are a few important things to keep in mind.
Keep your infants and children warm by dressing them in layers. How do you know if your baby is warm enough? Generally, a good rule of thumb for older babies and children is to dress in one more layer than what an adult would need for adequate warmth.
It’s called the “common” cold with good reason; it’s the most common infectious disease in the United States. The common cold responsible for more school absences than any other illness. Most kids under age five can have 6-8 colds per year and the symptoms can last seven to fourteen days.
This contagious infection of the upper airway (nose, throat, and sinuses) is caused by a virus. A cold virus is spread from a sick person to others by sneezing or coughing or contact with the hands or mouth. A cold virus can live on toys, phones, door knobs, tables, and other objects for up to three hours and transfer to a child’s hands. The virus gets on a child’s hands and is transferred to the nose, mouth, or eyes by normal face touching habits. Read more
Think brain, not bladder, when it comes to your child’s bedwetting problem. It could be that the brain is not sending out the right signals that it’s time to go to the bathroom.
Bedwetting is embarrassing for children, and its reasons are frequently misunderstood by parents. It can be simply out of the child’s control.