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Rolling Meadows, IL

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Join Melanie Cole, MS. as she interviews expert pediatricians and discusses all aspects of your children’s health and well-being. From infants to teens, potty training to bullying, to prom safety – this is your ultimate audio parenting guide.

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@YourRadioMD

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The American Academy of Pediatrics 141 Northwest Point Boulevard Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1098 847/434-4000


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Formal Milk Sharing

8/15/2017
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Is it okay to share breast milk?Human milk has been shared since the olden days. Informal milk sharing takes place when one mother has a surplus of breast milk and another has a need. These moms get together so their babies both receive sufficient nourishment. Formal milk sharing or milk banking takes place when moms donate their surplus breast milk to a profit or non-profit agency. That agency then screens, pasteurizes and distributes the milk. With informal milk sharing, there are some...

Duration: 00:20:44


Back-to-School Prep

8/8/2017
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What should you do now to get the kids ready for school?Summer’s ending. It’s time to start those back-to-school preparations! Preparation for the First Day School Start Times The AAP recommends that middle and high schools should not commence before 8:30 a.m. Adolescents and teens need the extra hours of sleep. Their bodies aren’t ready for sleep before 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. so it’s tough for them to get enough sleep for an early school start. Listen as Dr. Katherine Williamson joins...

Duration: 00:16:28


Fostering a Love of Reading

8/1/2017
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Share a love of reading with your entire family.It’s imperative to encourage reading in your family. Reading to your young child can boost vocabulary and reading skills before entering school. Cultivating a love of reading in your older children can open up a world of imagination and opportunity. Time spent reading with your infant is actually conversation time. You can still read the words in the board book, but interact with your child by talking about the pictures. Make time to read...

Duration: 00:17:57


Bugs, Bites, Stings & Rashes

7/25/2017
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Send the kids outside to play. Avoid and treat issues from pests, allergies and heat with these tips.How do you deal with summer skin issues from pests, heat and irritants? Bug Bites & Stings The most common bug bites come from mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are out at the beginning and end of the day. They can swell but can’t prompt the allergic reaction that bee stings can cause. Treat with a cold compress, oral antihistamine or hydrocortisone ointment. Bee stings can be a bit more dangerous,...

Duration: 00:15:37


Tummy Troubles: What Might Cause Those GI Issues

7/18/2017
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How do you know when it's just a tummy ache or when you should call the doctor?Tummy aches are common complaints for young children. How do you know when to call your pediatrician? What’s Normal? Infants spit up food and get constipated in early life. Make sure the child eats, wets plenty of diapers, and is growing. Symptoms should improve after three or four months of age. Constipation is normal when you introduce solid foods around six months. Transitioning to whole milk at one year...

Duration: 00:14:21


Summer Travel: Preparation for Fun

7/11/2017
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Being prepared for summer trips will make adventures easier on your entire family.It’s fun to travel with children. But, it takes a lot of preparation to have a successful trip with your young ones. Air Travel Air travel isn’t fun for adults. Consider how stressful it will be with children when selecting your flight times. Children under two don’t need their own seat but are safer in a safety seat. Rules are always changing with the TSA. Know airline policies about food and...

Duration: 00:20:59


Sunny Days: Watch That Sun Exposure!

7/4/2017
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Stay safe as you enjoy the sunshine with your family.Summer is great for outdoor fun. But, you want to keep your children safe as you enjoy the sunshine. The sun is strongest between 10am and 4pm. You need to apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure. You can get a sunburn on cloudy days or through windows. Babies under six months should be covered with shade rather than sunscreen. Sometimes that’s not practical. Use hats, lightweight clothing to cover their bodies, canopies...

Duration: 00:16:02


Juice Consumption

6/27/2017
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Should you give your child juice?A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that fruit juice provides no nutritional benefit for children under one year and should not be included in their diets. Babies need mother’s milk or infant formula in the first year of life. Fruit juice doesn’t provide anything new. It can put the teeth at risk. You may see that juices contain vitamins. These vitamins are often added to the juice to give some benefit. It’s better...

Duration: 00:08:19


Gun Safety, ASK Day & Coordinating a Playdate

6/20/2017
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Ask the important questions before sending your child on a playdate.One-third of American families reside in a home with a gun. Nearly one and a half million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun. The result? Injuries and death. Your pediatrician isn’t judging you when asking about household guns. Pediatricians advise on many ways to keep your child safe, from sunscreen and vaccines to health checks and car seats. Children are curious, and there is a good chance your child...

Duration: 00:14:04


Keeping Your Family Safe in the Water

6/13/2017
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Swimming is a family activity. Follow these tips to keep your family safe in the water.Children can drown in only a few inches of water, even if they’ve had swimming instruction. Summer’s trips to the lake and swimming pool demand water safety. First, drowning is not a loud, dramatic event. The mouth slips below the water first, making shouts difficult. Drowning typically looks like quietly slipping under the water. It’s subtle. Pay close attention to your flock in the water. Second,...

Duration: 00:10:16


HPV: Getting Your Child Vaccinated

6/6/2017
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Find out why your child needs the HPV vaccine.Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. It is most common in men and women in their late teens and early twenties. Because there are no symptoms for many types of HPV, it's easily transmitted. HPV can lead to cervical, mouth and throat cancer. Gardasil, the HPV vaccine, is given to children as young as nine. Stimulating the immune response through the vaccine can protect kids before...

Duration: 00:16:06


Encore Episode: Talking to Teens & Families About Marijuana

5/30/2017
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Legalization of marijuana is changing, and fast. How do you talk to teens and families about the shift?Legalization of marijuana is shifting, and fast. Some state laws have changed, making marijuana legal for adults for medicinal and recreational use. This complicates the discussion within the family sphere. To clarify, minors cannot receive medical marijuana for specific conditions without written parental consent. Recreational use is only legally permitted for those over...

Duration: 00:17:34


Encore Episode: Helpful Home Remedies for Kids

5/23/2017
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Can a home remedy address your child's symptoms?Over-the-counter cough and cold medicines aren’t encouraged by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Because of this, many parents are reaching for “natural” remedies without knowing the efficacy and side effects. For example, many of these medicines have a form of honey. Honey in any form shouldn’t be given to children under one year of age. Here are some potential remedies: Keep in mind, these recommended remedies should be...

Duration: 00:14:01


"13 Reasons Why": Talking to Your Kids About Suicide

5/16/2017
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Should your child watch 13 Reasons Why?The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why is based on a novel by Jay Asher. The story follows high school sophomore Clay Jensen as he listens to audio cassette recordings of classmate Hannah Baker’s reasons for committing suicide. Each recording blames individuals and incidents for Hannah’s decision to end her life, seemingly giving her the opportunity for posthumous revenge. Appropriate for Young Viewers? Children as young as 11 and 12 are watching this...

Duration: 00:18:47


Encore Episode: How to Successfully Breastfeed

5/9/2017
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Meet your breastfeeding goals with these expert tips.Breastfeeding is natural, but it isn’t always easy. Before baby comes, you need to learn what to expect. It’s hard to know what’s normal and what’s not when you’re a first-time mom. Most hospitals advise taking a breastfeeding class, and you can always ask your obstetrician for advice. Many mothers are returning to work after the baby comes, which can make breastfeeding problematic. However, insurance companies are now paying for...

Duration: 00:22:48


Allergies & Trigger Factors

5/2/2017
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Ah-choo! What's behind your child's sudden sinus issues?Break out the tissues! Your child is stuffy and sneezey. What caused the sudden sniffling and sneezing? It's time to play detective and find out. Seasonal changes may be the culprit. Spring and fall bring hay fever. There may be other conditions in your child's life that prompted the condition. Seek out what may be triggering the issues. Allergy testing can narrow down the exact source so it can be avoided. If you know your...

Duration: 00:12:24


Reconnecting with Your Kids

4/25/2017
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Feeling distant in your relationship with your kids? It's time to reconnect.Do you ever feel like you aren’t connected with your kids? Maybe they seem to push you away. How can you reconnect? It’s important to keep communication lines open. You never know when they will need you. Let them know you’re there for them if they need to vent. Ask about school, friends, activities and feedback about the family. Make a point to have one-on-one time with each child. Take opportunities with each...

Duration: 00:15:44


Encore Episode: How to Survive Temper Tantrums

4/18/2017
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Learn how to survive the dreaded temper tantrum.It’s your worst nightmare. Your child throws a tantrum in a public place. You’re stressed out and are ready to have a tantrum of your own. How can you deal? The most difficult -- yet most important -- thing to do is to ignore your child during the temper tantrum. See if the tantrum dies down. If that doesn’t work, divert your child’s attention. Remove him from the environment. This may be tough because you’re pressed for time and are in a...

Duration: 00:12:35


Helpful Home Remedies for Kids

4/11/2017
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Can a home remedy address your child's symptoms?Over-the-counter cough and cold medicines aren’t encouraged by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Many parents are reaching for “natural” remedies without knowing the efficacy and side effects. For example, many of these medicines have a form of honey. Honey in any form shouldn’t be given to children under one year of age. Here are some potential remedies: Keep in mind these recommended remedies should be discussed with your pediatrician....

Duration: 00:14:01


Talking to Teens & Families About Marijuana

4/4/2017
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Legalization of marijuana is changing, and fast. How do you talk to teens and families about the shift?Legalization of marijuana is shifting, and fast. Some state laws have changed, making marijuana legal for adults for medicinal and recreational use. This complicates the discussion within the family sphere. To clarify, minors cannot receive medical marijuana for specific conditions without written parental consent. Recreational use is only legally permitted for those over...

Duration: 00:17:34

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