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Ask the Pediatrician

 Real Questions. Answers You Can Trust.


 


 

​​Dr. Jennifer Shu and her team of pediatricians and pediatric specialists answer parents' commonly asked health questions.​​


 


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Does the COVID-19 vaccine cause myocarditis?15166ask-the-pediatrician~The potentially rare side effect of myocarditis pales in comparison to the potential risks of COVID-19 infection. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to talk with your pediatrician.9/26/2022 5:04:31 PM9/26/2022 5:04:31 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors At Play On The Go All STS_ListItem_850https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{9A241458-3751-497F-AB12-DD277C2DDB35}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
When can kids get the COVID vaccine or booster?90049ask-the-pediatrician~COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are recommended for eligible babies, kids and teens.9/15/2022 9:01:55 PM9/15/2022 9:01:55 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors At Play On The Go All STS_ListItem_850https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{DF150568-1493-40CF-BA9D-711965CD201C}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Do kids with developmental disabilities have a higher risk for COVID?185439If your child or teen has a developmental disability, they may be at higher risk from COVID and require additional COVID vaccine doses. Find out more about keeping kids with special needs safe.8/30/2022 8:27:18 PM8/30/2022 8:27:18 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors At Play On The Go All STS_ListItem_850https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{5F45D969-C941-4E15-BD10-D8F668373D83}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Do I have to pay to vaccinate my child for COVID?165313ask-the-pediatrician~The COVID vaccines are free for everyone who is eligible, including kids, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Learn more here.8/10/2022 3:41:50 PM8/10/2022 3:41:50 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors At Play On The Go All STS_ListItem_850https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{106AF189-1BBF-46F2-977E-AC6AF21609D7}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
How long can baby bottles sit at room temperature?1839078/5/2022 4:37:03 PM8/5/2022 4:37:03 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors At Play On The Go All STS_ListItem_850https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{995A020C-3A2F-4311-BB76-57C8EC9ECD0A}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Is it normal to feel completely overwhelmed after having a baby?1821187/27/2022 5:09:06 PM7/27/2022 5:09:06 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors At Play On The Go All STS_ListItem_850https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{EC038516-6B3A-44D8-BC6C-C21A5B6494C5}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Can my child get a COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine at the same visit?152541ask-the-pediatrician~You may have heard of a recent rise in reported COVID-19 cases in children. This confirms that children are not immune to the virus. Here is why the rise in cases may be happening, and what it means for going back to school.7/25/2022 8:47:17 PM7/25/2022 8:47:17 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors At Play On The Go All STS_ListItem_850https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{56BAD9F8-AABF-476E-AF96-B9FAB0CF4D9F}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Why are we seeing baby formula brands on the shelves from companies I haven’t heard of before?176401ask-the-pediatrician~To help ease the national shortage of baby formula, the U.S. government is importing several brands that weren't previously sold here. Here's what you need to know.7/14/2022 3:19:19 PM7/14/2022 3:19:19 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors At Play On The Go All STS_ListItem_850https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{87F73865-A02C-4891-8C2A-D2DF475E43F7}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
With the baby formula shortage, what should I do if I can't find any?133003ask-the-pediatrician~Shortages of infant formulas due to COVID 19 have occurred in some stores, mostly due to people stockpiling it. Here are tips for families struggling to find infant formula during the COVID-19 outbreak6/28/2022 2:45:11 PM6/28/2022 2:45:11 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors At Play On The Go All STS_ListItem_850https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{28CBF245-2779-4F8F-93C6-4264532E5C58}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
What should parents know about the COVID vaccine for kids under 5?127155ask-the-pediatrician;COVID-19 vaccines are finally authorized for babies age 6 months through 4 years old. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for children in this age group.6/27/2022 6:46:33 PM6/27/2022 6:46:33 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors At Play On The Go All STS_ListItem_850https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{53B919A0-791F-48BF-85BB-3217492D0E07}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Are some babies at higher risk for SIDS?124977As scientists continue to search for more information about how sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) happens, there are ways you can minimize risk factors as much as possible can help prevent these tragic deaths. Here’s what you should know.6/27/2022 4:24:15 PM6/27/2022 4:24:15 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors At Play On The Go All STS_ListItem_850https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{089E69CC-B0F3-4E23-9D0C-80118EEEC946}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
What's the best way to protect kids’ skin from sunburn?96751Roughly a quarter of lifetime sun exposure happens during childhood and adolescence. Kids spend a lot of time outdoors, especially in the summer, so its important to build some sun-safe habits that don't take away from the fun of outside play.6/23/2022 6:58:04 PM6/23/2022 6:58:04 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors At Play On The Go All STS_ListItem_850https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{04EFA70D-F5C9-4686-8E4A-8AEA75580024}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
What do I need to know about COVID vaccines for kids age 5-11?168878The delta and omicron variants causing causing COVID-19 are highly contagious. Getting your child vaccinated is the No. 1 way to protect them from getting COVID-19 or spreading it to other people who are at high risk of serious illness. Learn more here.6/23/2022 6:55:21 PM6/23/2022 6:55:21 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors At Play On The Go All STS_ListItem_850https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{46F15832-EF9D-4B98-9937-B0D61F055A7A}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
If my child had COVID already, do they need the vaccine?169612ask-the-pediatrician~Yes, it's important for your child to get fully vaccinated against COVID once they are eligibile, even if they already had COVID. Here's why.5/23/2022 4:37:20 PM5/23/2022 4:37:20 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors At Play On The Go All STS_ListItem_850https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{1347CADD-BAA1-494E-8A98-EF3A4DB0B031}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Is it safe to buy imported baby formulas online?124833ask-the-pediatrician~In this article, the AAP lists reasons parents should use caution if considering buying imported baby formula online from a third-party vendor.5/11/2022 7:50:16 PM5/11/2022 7:50:16 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors At Play On The Go All STS_ListItem_850https://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{FC82428C-5FAC-44FB-AD61-01C231BED453}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js

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