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Advice from Doctor Mom: The ABC's for infant safe sleep

Posted 12/3/2014 by UHBlog

Erin Frank, MD, Pediatric Hospitalist at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and mom to a vibrant two year old girl. Expectant parents spend months decorating and outfitting the perfect nursery for their new bundle of joy, while friends and family shower the newborn with handmade blankets and nursery accessories. Who can forget the excitement welcoming a new baby into the special space you worked so hard to prepare? Unfortunately the beautiful and cozy nursery essentials can be dan...

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Advice from Doctor Mom: Understanding new birth control recommendations for teens

Posted 11/24/2014 by UHBlog

Sara Lee, MD, Adolescent Medicine Specialist at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, and mom to a school age daughter. You may have read in the news recently about pediatricians, teens and LARC. Long-acting reversible contraception, or LARC, includes intrauterine devices (IUDs) like Mirena, Skyla, ParaGard and the hormonal implant known as Nexplanon or Implanon. In October, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended these birth control methods be made available to teena...

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Advice from Doctor Mom: Benefits of Breastfeeding

Posted 10/17/2014 by UHBlog

Dr. Allayne Stephans, pediatric hospitalist at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, and mom of three boys ages toddler to grade school. It was midnight. After nearly 30 hours of labor I had just delivered my first son. He weighed nine pounds, had a head that looked like an extraterrestrial creature, and he was hungry. I swear the OB put him on my stomach and he inched his way towards my chest, anxious for his first meal. Compared to other new mothers, I felt I was well-prepar...

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Advice from Doctor Mom: Teens and Social Media

Posted 10/6/2014 by UHBlog

Sara Lee, MD, Adolescent Medicine Specialist at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, and mom to a school age daughter. “Are you totally over Facebook?” A colleague of mine uses that question to get teens to open up about the social media sites they visit. Most of them do use Facebook, but Twitter, Instagram, Kik, and many other sites foreign to parents can also be part of teenagers’ daily social interactions. Parents may be overwhelmed at the thought of navigat...

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Advice from Doctor Mom: Allergy Plan

Posted 9/12/2014 by UHBlog

Erin Frank, MD, Pediatric Hospitalist at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and mom to a vibrant two year old girl. The start of a new school year is an exciting time for parents and children alike, but when your child has life-threatening allergies, this can also be a time of fear and worry: Will the school understand his diet restrictions? Can they provide a nurse to administer her medication if she needs it? Who will watch him closely enough to make sure he is safe? These are al...

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Advice from Doctor Mom: Information about vaccines for the environmentally conscious parent

Posted 9/4/2014 by UHBlog

Dr. Aparna Bole is the manager of sustainability at UH, a pediatrician at UH Rainbow and a mom of two young girls. There has been quite a bit of debate in popular media about childhood vaccines. However, the science is unequivocal: childhood vaccines, administered according to the CDC-recommended schedule, are safe and effective. Yet concerns persist from parents who are like me: concerned about avoiding unnecessary chemical exposures in their kids and who seek natural approaches to persona...

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Advice from Doctor Mom: A Grandparents Guide to Child-proofing

Posted 3/14/2014 by UHBlog

Dr. Robyn Strosaker is the medical director of inpatient services at UH Rainbow and mother of three active young boys. “We grew up without car seats, seatbelts and bike helmets and we survived just fine!” I have heard this statement from countless grandparents, including my own parents and in-laws. While there may be some truth and wisdom to that statement, I encourage all grandparents to engage in basic child-proofing before your grandchildren come over to visit. And not to w...

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