Paul Reggiardo, D.D.S.
Today's guest blogger is Paul Reggiardo, D.D.S., a pediatric dentist in Huntington Beach, California. He is a national spokesperson of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and past president of the AAPD, as well as an advocate for the dental health and overall well-being of children.
Amidst open enrollment season, parents need to be aware of a significant change to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Pediatric dental benefits are now considered to be one of 10 “essential benefits” plans must provide. This means children will either have pediatric dental benefits included in a medical plan package or there will be an option to purchase these benefits separately.
On a national scale, this new provision could mean 8.7 million children currently lacking dental benefits could gain coverage through the ACA by 2018. This new accessibility to dental care has the opportunity to help curb the staggering statistics provided by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which shows that tooth decay is the number one chronic infectious disease among children in the U.S., affecting 42 percent of children aged 2 to 11 years old.
Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA, Author and National consultant for child sexual abuse prevention programs for Prevent Child Abuse America
Kids need to learn about their bodies and sex; parents know that. But most parents struggle to find the right way to teach them. A good book, carefully chosen, can help you teach sexual health and safety, but where to start to find the perfect book?
The local branch of a chain bookstore had sections for pre-schoolers and teens. In the area for very young kids, I found a few books with catchy titles and age-appropriate graphics, dedicated either to helping little kids learn where babies come from or how to avoid stranger danger.
While several books had good information, each book I read had at least one point that killed it for me. For example, one book offered the fact that "penises get hard so they can go into vaginas". That's no help to a child whose penis gets hard in the bath, in his sleep or worse yet, at the touch or a predator. A parent reading this book could add their own explanation or substitute their own words for the author’s.Parents may think that adding their own commentary defeats the purpose of using a book to help communicate the most sensitive points, but what it really does is underline that books are not a substitute for an on-going conversation between parents and kids.
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A., Temple University Hospital
Today, one in five visits to a pediatric healthcare provider results in a prescription for an antibiotic – this accounts for nearly 50 million antibiotic prescriptions each year in the United States.
However, most upper respiratory tract infections – those in the nose, sinuses and throat -- are caused by viruses and require no antibiotics. As many as 10 million antibiotic prescriptions annually are directed toward respiratory conditions for which they are unlikely to provide beneﬁt. Over prescribing these medications can cause avoidable drug-related side effects, contribute to antibiotic resistance, and add unnecessary medical costs.
To reduce the indiscriminate use of antibiotics for these common infections, the American Academy of Pediatrics released today three principles for the judicious use of antibiotics for pediatric upper respiratory infections.
Denise Jeffery RD, LDN
Denise Jeffery RD, LDN is a clinical dietitian for Healthy Weight Program at The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner…Here is a healthier, yet delicious way to enjoy a typical turkey day dessert with half the calories.
A typical slice of pumpkin pie can pack on the pounds with 323 calories, 13 grams of fat, and 25 grams of sugar, so try this version for only 110 calories, less than 1 gram of fat, and 17grams of sugar!
Anna Nguyen, Healthy Kids blog Editor
Step2 recalled about 14,000 of its Whisper Ride Touring Wagons in the United States and Canada because the removable blue seat backs can detach and allow the child in the wagon to fall out, posing a fall hazard.
Sold exclusively at Toys R Us, the two-seat plastic wagon is 25-inches wide by 41.25-inches long by 20-inches high with blue seats, a tan wagon base and a red canopy.
Step2 has received 29 reports of the seat back detaching, 28 of which resulted in children falling out of the wagon. Fourteen of these resulted in bumped heads and nine resulted in bruises, scratches or lacerations.
Anna Nguyen, Healthy Kids blog Editor
Dream On Me recalled about 700 Lullaby Cradle Gliders because the mattress support board can fall out or slide out of the bottom of the cradle glider posing a risk that babies can fall out and suffer injuries.
Dream On Me and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have received reports of two incidents while infants were asleep inside the cradle. A one-month old infant fell to the floor when the mattress support board partially fell out, but the child was uninjured. A second report involved a four-month old infant who did not fall out of the cradle after the mattress support board became partially disengaged.
More information available at the CPSC Website.
Flaura Koplin Winston, MD, PhD, Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention
Right now, thousands of children in the Delaware Valley are recovering from an injury, and they rely on their families to help them heal. While it is important to tend to their wounds and rehabilitation, it is just as important for parents to remember to look beyond the physical injuries. Injury is stressful for children and their families, and sometimes stress reactions can get in the way of recovery.
Whether it’s a dog bite or a broken arm caused by a motor vehicle crash, the impact of injury for your child goes beyond the physical. In the first few days after an injury, many injured children feel upset, jumpy or worried at times, and many parents do, too. Despite what you might think, it’s not just the most severe injuries that can lead to strong emotional reactions. Any injury that is frightening for you or your child can lead to traumatic stress symptoms. These can include reliving what happened, avoiding reminders of what happened, and difficulty sleeping, eating, or concentrating. It may be helpful to rate your child’s and your own reactions over the first few weeks after an injury. Here’s how.
A recent Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia research review shows that unfortunately about 1 in 6 injured children -- and a similar percentage of parents -- experience more severe and persistent traumatic stress, lasting more than a month and getting in the way of full recovery.
Anna Nguyen, Healthy Kids blog Editor
Wood Castle Furniture recalled about 1,000 of its Riley Duo Bunk Beds because it poses an entrapment hazard. The openings between the guardrails on the bunk bed can exceed three and a half inches in width, which is too wide and does not meet safety standards. A child could be seriously injured or become asphyxiated in the openings.
No injuries have been reported.For more information, go the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Website.
- Allergies and Asthma
- Anita Kulick
- Anna Nguyen
- Beth Wallace
- Child Abuse
- Christopher C. Chang
- Colds and Flu
- Driver's Ed
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Flaura Winston
- Gary A. Emmett
- Growing Pains
- Hazel Guinto-Ocampo
- Health Hazards
- Health reform
- Infectious Diseases
- Janet Rosenzweig
- Katherine Dahlsgaard
- Lauren Falini
- Learning Curve