I am proud and very pleased to announce the new logo for Dr. Silva: Tots, Tweens & Teens. The tree demonstrates the blessed and special journey that we are able to share with our children. A tree is a symbol of life. The strong roots represent the growth in our children and our inner selves. The colorful and vibrant leaves represent the bustling energy and potential in our children and ourselves. The yellow leaf is the brightest leaf which is reaching upwards as is the most special and positive aspect of every child inside.
Remove the temptation to play with the light bulbs or the electric light sockets.
If you have not already purchased these, these covers are available at a number of local pharmacies and stores.
Depending on the bulbs used, this can hurt sensitive little fingers or hands. Not to mention, older toddlers can pull the bulbs apart from the light set. They can chew on them or offer them to the younger children in the home. In addition, the light set can be pulled causing the Christmas tree to topple onto your child.
Some families decorate the top ½ or ¾ of the tree to help their child resist temptation. Again, for the same reason that when pulled, the Christmas tree could fall onto your child.
To avoid direct contact all together, these gates are the best. You can find them at your local store or by doing an internet search for Superyard XT Pay Yard.
Your child can choke on a lot of traditional candy. In addition, if they pull the candy dish, it may fall & shatter onto the floor. Then, your child might get glass or ceramic cuts on their hands, feet, or elsewhere.
This is a fun treat if used appropriately. However, small children and even older children have choked on this. Some have even died. Marshmallow does not dissolve. So, it would be very hard, if not impossible to get this out of your child’s throat, even if you know how to use the Heimlich maneuver. Two very famous cases involved the death of a 12 year old girl in 1999 and a 32 year old woman in 2006 while playing the "Chubby Bunny" game (http://bit.ly/1sqHoWR).
Yesterday, I had the funniest experience during a physical exam. The 10 yr old thought he was going to receive shots. Good news was he didn't need any. Bad news was he didn't believe me. I literally told him five times in different ways that he wasn't getting shots. Yet, he still didn't believe me. So, finally, I asked him, "What do I have to do, to make you believe me? Do I have to sing & dance?" He silently stared at me. So, I did. I sang, "There are no shots today" and topped it off with my hands up high for the finale. Guess what? He smiled. He believed me. Then, he said, "You mean I worried all that ... for nothing? We all laughed a lot with that comment.
Single Parent Family Homes
Asthma is worse in single parent family homes. This past Saturday, the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center presented a study that revealed that children in single parent families are 50% more likely to return for hospital care of their asthma than children in two parent homes. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) annual meeting in Boston had a presentation regarding tis finding.
The study also revealed that children were more likely to return for hospital care for their asthma, if their family's annual income was less than $60,000 a year.
Children with Asthma Need Family Support
This study, presented at the ACAAI annual meeting, has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. Therefore, this is a preliminary report. However, pediatricians see this every day; there is a definite socioeconomic impact on childhood disease. In general, single-parent families are more overwhelmed and have less of an income than two-parent families. Who is there to take turns when it comes to missing work, administering medications, and catching up on much needed sleep when caring for a sick child? This is yet another reminder that single parent families need more support. Support can come from other family members, friends, and in some cases the employer. Inevitably, where there is more parental support, the child with a chronic disease is healthier.