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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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My child plays with an imaginary friend. Should I be concerned?1656229/28/2021 1:10:43 AM9/28/2021 1:10:43 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors At age 4 or 5, a child's 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{8A197F75-6F2F-4EFC-A1A4-AC0A8A164E8F}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
How do I help my picky eater try more healthy foods?1691629/25/2021 9:04:58 AM9/25/2021 9:04:58 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors It can cause a lot of 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{35527563-0E17-4A43-8ADD-3C3D6038BFF5}~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?1684259/25/2021 9:04:55 AM9/25/2021 9:04:55 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors Having a new baby is a 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 can I help ensure my child will be safe in and around the water at summer camp?1644739/25/2021 9:04:50 AM9/25/2021 9:04:50 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors If it is, check if there 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{EC8AAA49-EE79-4EF1-8CC7-04C42D2007BD}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
My kids are worried that their sports seasons may be on hold again because of COVID. How can I help them cope?1590139/25/2021 9:04:48 AM9/25/2021 9:04:48 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors Here are 10 tips to get 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{3F591DC4-02CC-4625-BCFC-84D32613D358}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Is it safe to get a flu shot if I am pregnant?790479/25/2021 9:04:45 AM9/25/2021 9:04:45 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors But it can also lead to 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
My baby is turning a year old this month. Should she be talking by now?1425149/25/2021 9:04:43 AM9/25/2021 9:04:43 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors At around 6 or 7 months 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{3A0349DC-EEF1-4A1D-991B-133608E47009}~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?996559/25/2021 9:04:40 AM9/25/2021 9:04:40 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors You may be able to use a 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
How can I help my child avoid eye and back strain from being on the computer?1562309/25/2021 9:04:38 AM9/25/2021 9:04:38 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors If a laptop is the only 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{692C344C-CCF7-4E9C-A599-EB430E9A3853}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
What is the safest sleep solution for my baby with reflux?188819/25/2021 9:04:36 AM9/25/2021 9:04:36 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors And if your baby is one 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{91D85FFB-B98E-419A-85DF-A70F421C4D39}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
My daughter is extremely shy and anxious around strangers. How can I help her?188729/25/2021 9:04:33 AM9/25/2021 9:04:33 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors 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{11A01A0E-10B7-4B54-B68B-CA103CA2E803}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
I’ve heard that if a baby skips crawling, they may have trouble reading later. Is this true?144270ask-the-pediatrician~​Babies don't always follow the same playbook when it comes to developmental milestones. If they master certain skills out of order, or your little one skips a milestone, it isn't necessarily something to be concerned about.9/18/2021 9:05:05 AM9/18/2021 9:05:05 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors 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{E1F5FE7A-51D6-4115-B5E5-5D9166D88EDB}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Does the COVID vaccine affect fertility?165312ask-the-pediatrician~All of the evidence we have tell us that none of the COVID vaccines that are authorized affect puberty, reproduction, or pregnant women negatively. They don’t impact a young girl's menstrual cycle or fertility they go into adulthood.9/15/2021 8:09:41 PM9/15/2021 8:09:41 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors 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{E6420A29-D4A2-4AFD-B639-48CD11F47B7D}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
When can children get the COVID-19 vaccine?90049ask-the-pediatrician~Clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines for children need to be expanded now in hopes we can have a vaccine for at least some younger age groups before the next school year.9/9/2021 1:01:03 AM9/9/2021 1:01:03 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors A third dose also may be 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
Can my child get a COVID vaccine with their other immunizations?165428ask-the-pediatrician~In terms of timing, your child can get a COVID vaccine at the same time as other immunizations they may need.9/4/2021 9:05:05 AM9/4/2021 9:05:05 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors 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{7F957221-03E9-479D-835D-A457160D88FE}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js

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