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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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Is it OK to need a break from my kids?188393Taking time for yourself is not only good for you, but also good for your kids. It's a lot easier to support them when you're refreshed after a little mental and physical break. Learn more here.2/3/2023 5:17:47 PM2/3/2023 5:17:47 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.aspxhttps://www.healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{E7D8C3AA-44A6-47E4-97A7-45306C420F86}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
My partner and I got COVID-19 vaccines while I was pregnant, but is it safe for our newborn to be around unvaccinated people?168425Getting the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy will protect you--and also help you pass along protective antibodies to your baby. This may reduce your newborn's risk of COVID-19 infection. Still, you should limit your baby's contact with others.1/27/2023 4:21:21 PM1/27/2023 4:21:21 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{9C9A31B1-66CD-40D6-A45B-5120232F3012}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
How do children get group A strep infections, and are they serious?1663951/5/2023 10:05:13 PM1/5/2023 10:05:13 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{12256F36-286E-46FF-B05C-2C6A8D447A86}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
My child has a fever, but stores near me are out of over-the-counter medicines for kids. What can I do?1426601/4/2023 2:43:41 PM1/4/2023 2:43:41 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{2A3D7482-73C1-4EAD-95AE-0C8B0217CC8B}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
What is the safest way to keep my children warm when the power goes out at home during the winter?99655If the power fails in your home during winter, extreme cold may put younger children—especially infants—are at risk for hypothermia. But alternative sources of heat can be hazardous. So how do parents keep their kids warm…and safe? Learn more here.12/5/2022 5:56:01 PM12/5/2022 5:56:01 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{93FD73E8-405D-4081-B2A3-6B98E0222792}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Is it safe for my baby to travel in a car seat a few hours at a time?164945ask-the-pediatrician~If you’re considering a road trip with your infant, here are some tips to help keep your baby safe and comfortable. ​12/1/2022 9:38:49 PM12/1/2022 9:38:49 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{11909A12-33CD-4771-BAD9-043CDB8E0AAA}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
With a shortage of the antibiotic amoxicillin, what if my child needs it? Is there a replacement?84990As a parent, you may be wondering what to do if your child develops a bacterial infection. If liquid amoxicillin is not available, can another antibiotic be used instead? Find out here.11/30/2022 4:24:31 PM11/30/2022 4:24:31 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{B51EB0E0-01E1-4922-BA00-513CD2C67A06}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
How can I help my child who has autism spectrum disorder take part in telehealth visits?160057ask-the-pediatrician~Telehealth visits can be a helpful part of your child’s ongoing medical care. There are many ways you can make it easier for your child to participate and ensure the visit goes smoothly.11/17/2022 7:33:10 PM11/17/2022 7:33:10 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{68E247B4-CFE8-416D-8A8D-7F74877D83E2}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Can telehealth "video visits" be a good option for my child? How do they work?18848ask-the-pediatrician~In certain situations, however, video visits and other telehealth tools used within a child’s medical home can give families increased access to high-quality pediatric services.11/17/2022 7:15:58 PM11/17/2022 7:15:58 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{B60F6539-351D-4536-9FD0-1EFC44784399}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
How can I protect my child from the dangers of lithium coin and button batteries?9644Learn how to keep your child safe from the dangers of lithium coin or button batteries.11/4/2022 3:55:35 PM11/4/2022 3:55:35 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{763B667B-AD27-4563-A682-127F61BF9931}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Is it safe to get a flu shot if I am pregnant?79047Pregnant women should get a flu shot to avoid serious complications from influenza. Here's why it is so important to get the flu shot when you are pregnant.11/2/2022 4:11:09 PM11/2/2022 4:11:09 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{FC160C92-ABDC-4652-BCB0-AAED53F8AD05}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
What causes high blood pressure in children?24467Childhood hypertension (high blood pressure) which can cause serious health problems in the future. That's why it's important to keep it under control. Learn more here.10/25/2022 2:16:23 PM10/25/2022 2:16:23 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{0C6A5A4F-451D-4854-BD05-E4AA97A2FABD}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Is there a link between childhood obesity and high blood pressure?2852910/25/2022 2:13:10 PM10/25/2022 2:13:10 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{994DB4E4-1199-4C6F-8A01-EA38A22D06FE}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Is it normal to feel completely overwhelmed after having a baby?18211810/19/2022 6:51:19 PM10/19/2022 6:51:19 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{EC038516-6B3A-44D8-BC6C-C21A5B6494C5}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
What should I know about recalled baby formula?175745ask-the-pediatrician~Here's what you need to know about the recent recall of some powdered infant formula products that may be contaminated with harmful bacteria. 10/19/2022 6:50:15 PM10/19/2022 6:50:15 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{AFEB67E4-84DE-489E-BC97-D0890824D834}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js

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