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.
With the days getting shorter and cooler, it means it is that time of the year to make sure everyone in the family is ready with the essentials: winter coats, snow pants, boots, mittens, hats and flu shots.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a yearly flu vaccine, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.
It’s a common scenario – the kids come home from school one day and start talking about something they want. Maybe it’s a new video game, a new phone, or to go on a trip to some far locale. And inevitably it includes the phrase, “but everyone else has one, and I’m the only one who doesn’t!” (or something similar).
As a parent it can be difficult – after all, we are all familiar with feeling left out. And perhaps we’re even a bit worried on how we’ll be judged by other parents. Social media can increase that pressure, too – pictures of seemingly perfect birthday parties with coordinating colors and cute themes; smiling family vacation photos from Disney World; presents overflowing from beneath the Christmas tree; endless photos of successful sports activities. It just doesn’t seem to end.
Many of us remember our parents’ reaction when we were caught in a lie or remember when our children told us a lie. It often comes as a shock to parents. The reality is that all children lie at some point. It’s a normal part of a development. As the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) explains, the act of lying demonstrates that their conscience is working. While it can be upsetting when kids lie or stretch the truth, the reasons they do so vary by age. And, how we react can make a big difference on their future behavior.
I recently lost my father, whom I love so dearly and deeply.
It has only been a few months, but I feel that I can offer something in this blog to families as a mother, as a pediatrician, and as a daughter. If you are placed in this situation, it is important to understand that you cannot be the perfect parent/caregiver as you help your children. Even with perfect finesse, insight and resources, this process will still be difficult for your child.