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Sonal R. Patel, MD

September 17, 2013 by  
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Doctors PortDr. Patel is a mom of twin daughters and a physician who specializes in pediatrics/adult allergy and immunology with Adventist Health Physicians Network
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What has surprised you most about parenting? How hard it is!

How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? By also eating healthy. Also by introducing healthy foods from the beginning. I believe that the entire family has to eat healthy and avoid unhealthy foods. I model that behavior.

How do you work exercise into your family’s life? I choose activities that involve exercise in a fun way, such as going hiking, going to the park, limiting screen time, and spending time outdoors often.

How do you recharge your batteries? Getting massages and watching movies with my husband after the kids have gone to bed.

 

The Rise of Spring Allergies: Fact or Fiction?

June 1, 2018 by  
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Several factors determine the severity of allergy season

 By Sonal R. Patel, M.D., M.S.

 

The spring 2018 allergy season could be the worst yet, or at least that’s what you might hear. Every year is coined as being the worst for allergy sufferers, but are spring allergies really on the rise?

 

There are many events that can help predict how bothersome the spring allergy season will be.  While it’s true that allergies are on the rise and affecting more Americans than ever, each spring isn’t necessarily worse than the last.

 

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), 23.6 million Americans were diagnosed with hay fever in the last year. The prevalence of allergies is surging upward, with as many as 30 percent of adults and up to 40 percent of children having at least one allergy.

 

Following are factors that influence the severity of allergy season, along with some explanations about why more Americans are being diagnosed with allergies.

 

  • Climate Change: Recent studies have shown that pollen levels have been gradually increasing every year. Part of the reason for this is due to the changing climate. The warmer temperatures and mild winters cause plants to begin producing and releasing pollen earlier, making the spring allergy season longer. Rain can promote plant and pollen growth, while wind accompanying rainfall can stir pollen and mold into the air, heightening symptoms. The climate is not only responsible for making the allergy season longer and symptoms more bothersome, but it may also be partially to blame for the rise in allergy sufferers.

 

  • Priming Effect: A mild winter can trigger an early release of pollen from trees. Once allergy sufferers are exposed to this early pollen, their immune systems are primed to react to the allergens, meaning there will be little relief even if temperatures cool down before spring is in full bloom. This “priming effect” can mean heightened symptoms and a longer sneezing season for sufferers.

 

  • Hygiene Hypothesis: This theory suggests that exposure to bacterial by-products from farm animals, and even dogs, in the first few months of life reduces or delays the onset of allergies and asthma. Scientists theorize that because of the modern emphasis on cleanliness, children’s environments may be “too clean,” which might not allow their immune systems to be challenged and to develop properly. This may, in part, explain the increasing incidence of allergies worldwide in developed countries.

 

  • Allergy: The New Kleenex: Ever hear someone ask for a Kleenex instead of a tissue? Much like some people relate all tissues to Kleenex, many also blame runny noses, sneezing, and itchy eyes on allergies, even if they haven’t been accurately diagnosed. Increased awareness and public education about allergies can make it seem like nearly everyone has an allergy or is getting diagnosed with allergies, but it could be more of a public perception issue than you think.

 

While many allergy sufferers reach for over-the-counter medications to find relief, it’s best to visit a board-certified allergist if you believe you might have an allergy. An allergist can perform proper testing to accurately diagnose and treat your condition so the spring sneezing season doesn’t have to be bothersome.

 

Over-the-counter medications may work for those with mild symptoms, but they can cause a variety of unwanted side effects. For sufferers with persistent symptoms, treatment may include allergy shots, which not only provide symptom relief, but also modify and prevent disease progression.

 

If you think you might be one of the more than 50 million Americans who suffer from allergy and asthma, you can track your symptoms with the free online tool MyNasalAllergyJournal.org.

 

About the Author

Dr. Patel is a mom of twin daughters and a physician who specializes in pediatric/adult allergy and immunology with Adventist Health Physicians Network. She is also coauthor of the forthcoming Mommy MD Guide to Twins, Triplets, and More.

 

 

 

 

Double-Duty Spring Cleaning: Keep Healthy and Tidy

May 25, 2018 by  
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Seasonal ritual can also help ward off allergy and asthma symptoms

 

By Sonal R. Patel, M.D., M.S.

Spring cleaning can be more than a daunting chore for those with allergies and asthma. Dust, pet hair, and cleaning supplies can leave you reaching for the tissues instead of the broom. But according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), spring cleaning can also help you avoid allergy symptoms.

When pollen counts are high outdoors, you may be inclined to stay indoors to try to avoid allergy symptoms. But seasonal allergy symptoms can last all year round for those allergic to indoor allergens.

Relief can sometimes be as simple as knowing how to remove allergens from your home. Here are some useful tips for banishing allergens in your home, and ways to avoid accidentally letting more in.

Remember that a fresh breeze won’t please. At the first sign of balmy temperatures, you might get the urge to open up your windows to bring in fresh scents. But this can also lead to unwanted pollen particles entering your home and making you sneeze long after your spring cleaning is complete. Before you reach for the air fresheners and candles, be aware that chemicals found in these items can spur asthma attacks. Your best choice is to opt for natural aromas from the oven or to try an organic air freshener.

Rub a dub, scrub. Bathrooms, basements, and areas that are tiled can be especially prone to mold. The key to reducing mold is moisture control. Be sure to use bathroom fans and clean up any standing water immediately. Scrub any visible mold from surfaces with detergent and water, and completely dry. You can also help ward off mold by keeping your home’s humidity level below 60 percent and cleaning the gutters regularly.

Love your pets, not their dander. After your family pets have spent many days indoors over the winter, chances are the levels of fur, saliva, and dander might be elevated throughout your home. Remove pet allergens by vacuuming frequently and washing upholstery, including your pet’s bed. Also be sure to keep your pets out of the bedroom at all times to ensure you can sleep symptom-free.

Do a whole-house deep cleaning—in stages, if necessary. Cleaning the entire house from top to bottom may take days. But you can get a head start by changing your air filters every three months and using filters with a MERV rating of 11 or 12. Also be sure to vacuum regularly to get rid of dust mites. Use a cyclonic vacuum, which spins dust and dirt away from the floor, or a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. Wash bedding and stuffed animals weekly.

Don’t neglect the great outdoors. As the grass turns green and flowers bud, it’s hard to stay indoors and focus on your spring cleaning routine. Still, it’s best to avoid being outdoors when pollen counts are highest (midday and afternoon hours). When mowing and gardening, be sure to wear gloves and an N95 particulate pollen mask (as rated by the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH), and take your medication before you go outside. Avoid touching your eyes, and be sure to wash your hands, hair, and clothing when you go back indoors.

Even when you reduce the number of allergens in your home, allergy symptoms can still be bothersome. Those with seasonal and perennial allergies should be under the care of a board-certified allergist, who can identify the source of the suffering and develop a treatment plan to eliminate symptoms.

For more information about seasonal allergies and to locate an allergist, visit Dr. Patel’s Allergy Busters or AllergyAndAsthmaRelief.org.

 

About the Author
Dr. Patel is a mom of twin daughters and a physician who specializes in pediatric/adult allergy and immunology with Adventist Health Physicians Network. She is also coauthor of the forthcoming Mommy MD Guide to Twins, Triplets, and More.

Allergies and Asthma Are Bigger Summer Camp Challenges Than Homesickness

May 17, 2018 by  
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Allergies and Asthma Are Bigger Summer Camp Challenges Than Homesickness

What to consider when choosing a camp

 

By Sonal R. Patel, M.D., M.S.

 

The biggest worry for some kids as they head off to summer camp is whether their iPad will get a connection in the North Woods. Others have far graver concerns, including nasal allergies, asthma and food allergies. Parents of kids with these conditions have to do homework to determine the best camp fit for their child. The goal is to keep kids safe while allowing them to have fun and create memories.

 

Finding the right camp for your child with allergies or asthma can seem daunting, depending on how serious your child’s symptoms are. The good news is that more camps understand how to keep a child with allergies or asthma safe and make sure they have the right protections in place. It’s important to be specific about your child’s needs and to search for a camp that’s a good fit.

 

Following are some guidelines for finding the right summer camp for your child with allergies or asthma.

 

Make sure all hands are on deck. Whether children are attending day camp or sleepaway camp, a key component to keeping them safe is ensuring the staff is knowledgeable on handling potential medical emergencies. It’s not enough for the camp director to understand how to store and use an epinephrine auto injector or an asthma inhaler. The staff needs to be trained in what to do when a severe allergic reaction or asthma emergency occurs, and how to help children properly use their devices. They also need to know when to call 911, where the nearest hospital is, and the quickest route there.

 

Send along more than clean undies. If your child uses medications for her nasal allergies or asthma, or if she carries an epinephrine auto injector for severe allergic reactions, visit the allergist before she leaves. Make sure her prescriptions are the appropriate dose for her height and weight and are up-to-date. Then send along a sufficient supply of her medications, including a spare. Double-check expiration dates on existing supplies.

 

Go ahead and mess with the mess hall. Food is a big part of any camp experience, particularly sleepaway camp. If your child has a food allergy, communicate with the kitchen staff to make sure no areas exist where cross-contamination can occur. Find out how the camp communicates and monitors food allergy information and determine whether that works for you and your child. If your child will be attending day camp, sending a bag lunch is probably best because you can guarantee he or she will be eating safe foods. Remind your child that eating other kids’ food isn’t okay.

 

Going to camp to make new friends and have fun is something kids enjoy and remember for many years. But more importantly for kids with asthma and allergies, going to camp can provide an opportunity to spread their wings and have some independence. It’s a way to prove to themselves, and to you, that they’re capable of handling their health challenges on their own.

 

All children with asthma or allergies who go to camp need an emergency health plan in place with the head of the camp, with the camp medical personnel, and with their counselor. For more information about the treatment of severe allergic reactions and asthma, and to locate an allergist in your area, visit AllergyAndAsthmaRelief.org.

 

About the Author

Dr. Patel is a mom of twin daughters and a physician who specializes in pediatric/adult allergy and immunology with Adventist Health Physicians Network. She is also coauthor of the forthcoming Mommy MD Guide to Twins, Triplets, and More.

 

 

Five Things to Do to Feel Better during Spring Allergy Season

May 8, 2018 by  
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Five Things to Do to Feel Better During Spring Allergy Season

These simple tips can ease your allergy and asthma symptoms

 

By Sonal R. Patel, M.D., M.S.

Nobody said spring allergies would be fun, but you never thought they would be this bad. What if you had some simple ways to avoid the sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose that come in the spring?

Many people think they’re doing everything they can to battle spring allergies,  but many still find themselves under siege from pollen and other allergens that appear once the weather starts to warm up. What they don’t realize is that by following a few simple rules, they can make life a lot more pleasant, and their allergies more bearable.

  1. Do some Spring cleaning to spruce up your nasal passages. – Sweeping up the cobwebs that gathered over the winter is good for more than just making your house look better. Giving your home a deep house scrub can help eliminate existing allergens and clear the air. It’s especially important to get rid of mold, which builds up in bathrooms and basements and is a major allergen— – especially in spring months when there’s a lots of moisture.  Because your pets have spent a lot of time indoors over the winter, fur, saliva, and dander have probably collected. Vacuuming frequently and washing upholstery and pet beds can help.
  2. Ponder the power of pollen. – Some people with allergies may not realize that symptoms they think are related to their allergies, might actually be asthma. Studies have shown that nearly two-thirds of those with asthma also have an allergy, which can make the spring season particularly difficult. If you can’t get rid of a cough, or get winded easily, you might have asthma related to allergies and should see an allergist. An allergist can identify the source of your asthma, and help you treat your allergies to improve symptoms.
  3. Time to clear the air? Know your best options.  – Despite what you may have heard, the best way to clean the air in your home is not with an ionic air filter. The ionization changes the charge on a particle of pollen or dust, and the particle sticks to the next thing it comes into contact with, often a wall or other surface. There is usually not enough air flow to effectively filter many particles, so ionic filters don’t provide much benefit for allergy sufferers. There is also a health risk which comes from the ozone they produce. The best way to clean the air is with a HEPA room air cleaner rated with a high Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR). The CADR consists of three numbers, which rate their effectiveness against three common indoor air pollutants: tobacco smoke, pollen, and dust (in that order). Compare models and choose those with the highest ratings for the pollutants that most concern you. For those with central air, change your air filters every three months and use filters with a MERV rating of 11 or 12.
  4. Wait, don’t smell that “fresh” air. – Spring comes and you just want to open your windows and let in the fresh air. Don’t do it. Opening your windows allows pollen to drift inside, and settle into your carpet, furniture, and upholstery, so you’ll continue to feel miserable. Instead, keep your house and car windows shut during allergy season. Use your air conditioning with the new air filter you just put in.
  5. Don’t trust “Dr. Google.” – You know you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet, but it’s so tempting to look up cures for your symptoms. Instead, consult an allergist.  He or she is trained in how to identify your specific allergens and treat your symptoms. Allergists can suggest the most appropriate medications to treat your allergies and asthma. You might even benefit from allergy shots (immunotherapy), which can greatly alleviate allergic suffering.

If you think you might be one of the more than 50 million Americans who suffer from allergy and asthma, Find an Allergist, track your symptoms at MyNasalAllergyJournal.org, and watch this video to learn more about Spring Sneezing Season. You can also download a Pollen App to let you know what pollens are in your area. You can find links and more information at Allergy Busters.

 

About the Author

Dr. Patel is a mom of twin daughters and a physician who specializes in pediatric/adult allergy and immunology with Adventist Health Physicians Network. She is also coauthor of the forthcoming Mommy MD Guide to Twins, Triplets, and More.

 

 

 

New Year Resolutions for People with Food and Latex Allergies

January 3, 2018 by  
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New Year Allergyby Sonal R. Patel, M.D., M.S.

For many, January is a time to review the past year and set goals for what to accomplish in the coming months. For families with life-threatening allergies, this review may also include strategies to better prepare for an anaphylactic emergency.

“After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s important to circle back with family and review the year—celebrate what worked, and modify what didn’t,” says Tonya Winders, president and CEO of Allergy & Asthma Network, the leading patient education and advocacy organization for people with asthma and allergies. “Use this opportunity to recharge the family’s understanding about allergies and how best to manage them.”

The Network suggests the following New Year’s resolutions for managing life-threatening allergies:

Replace fear with facts. Schedule an appointment with your allergist to review your food or latex allergy diagnosis: Do you know exactly what you are allergic to? Is it time for new testing? What is working or not working in your prevention program? Make a list of questions in advance and be sure to include food-allergic children in the conversation. Help them understand how to prevent exposure and respond to symptoms.

Practice prevention and build confidence. Educate your kids by reading food labels with them, both at home and the grocery store. Focus on words related to their specific allergies. In addition, talk with them about situations they find difficult to handle, such as being offered snacks that may contain allergens at school or parties; role-play to help them build confidence. Always be prepared for accidental ingestions.

Organize medications. With life-threatening food, latex, or other allergies, it’s important to carry two epinephrine auto-injectors with you everywhere, every day. Learn when an epinephrine auto-injector may be indicated and how it can be properly used and stored. Devise convenient and creative ways to keep them close at hand. Check expiration dates on your devices and put renewal reminders on your calendar. Make sure school forms are completed.

Build a safety net of family and caregivers who understand. Allergy & Asthma Network offers free resources to share with family and friends. Visit AllergyAsthmaNetwork.org for a wide range of information. Download or call 800-878-4403 for Understanding Anaphylaxis, Living Confidently with Food Allergy, or Living with Latex Allergy, free guides to help you manage your condition.

Increase community awareness: Become an advocate. States and towns across the country are passing laws and implementing new strategies for food and latex allergy safety in schools, healthcare facilities, restaurants, and more.

With some creative thinking, patients and families with life-threatening food and latex allergies can be more aware and prepared in 2018.

Allergic to Christmas?

December 20, 2017 by  
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by Sonal R. Patel, M.D., M.S.

 

’Tis the season for Christmas trees, poinsettias, mistletoe, and scented candles. But if your nose looks like Rudolph’s, it’s a little hard to feel jolly. Although allergies typically peak in the spring and fall, the holidays may surprise sensitive sufferers with a gift of unexpected triggers. Here are some common holiday allergens/triggers, along with some advice to help you stay merry and healthy—rather than sneezing, coughing, and scratching—during the holiday season.

 

  1. Trigger: Christmas Trees

Mold is the biggest problem with live Christmas trees. Often, they are cut in advance and kept in humid environments, promoting mold spore growth. Within just two weeks of bringing a tree into your home, indoor mold counts can increase significantly, according to one study.

The sap contains terpene and other substances that can irritate skin and mucous membranes; plus, pollen stuck to the tree may be released inside and lead to reactions. Given this, you might think an artificial version is better, but they could harbor dust and mold from their time in storage, also triggering allergies.

Precautions: Slip on gloves and wear long sleeves when handling your fresh tree to avoid the sap coming into contact with your skin. Before schlepping your tree inside, give it a good shake (or a blast with a leaf blower) and spray it down with a garden hose (especially the trunk) to help remove some of the pollen and mold. Then sit the stump in a bucket of water and let the tree dry for a few days on a covered porch or in a garage. For an artificial tree, give it a good wipe-down before decorating with lights and ornaments. Follow the package directions carefully when spraying artificial snow or flocking. Inhaling these sprays can irritate your lungs and trigger asthma symptoms (in my opinion, it’s better to avoid these products altogether).

 

  1. Trigger: Foods

The most common food allergens are milk, eggs, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, and wheat. Of those, peanuts and tree nuts will most often make it into holiday dishes without people knowing, and they have the potential to cause severe reactions.

Precautions: It’s a good idea to let your holiday host know about your food allergies; it’s important to ask about the ingredients in each dish; and it’s very nice to volunteer to bring something that’s safe for you and shareable with others. But what’s crucial is to be prepared with an epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen), an emergency dose of antihistamine, and an inhaler if you have asthma. Learn which foods and recipes are unexpected sources of allergens at FoodAllergy.org and AAAAI.org.

 

  1. Trigger: Cocktails (Sulfites)

You raise a glass to your loved ones, your boss and colleagues, friends and neighbors, and even the strangers sitting next to you at a bar. There’s lots of celebrating at this time of year, but be mindful of what you’re using to toast. Some people may experience mild wheezing or other symptoms from the sulfites in wine, for example, and certain alcoholic beverages contain major food allergens.

Precautions: There aren’t good tests for sulfite sensitivity, but your reaction to dried fruit—high in this sulfur-based preservative—could be an indicator. Pay attention if you have asthma, as sulfites can trigger symptoms. Maraschino cherries contain small amounts of sulfites as well. Stick with organic wine for a sulfite-free sip. Other triggers to be aware of: Tree nuts may be found in specialty beers, particularly seasonal ales; milk is in Irish cream and white chocolate liqueurs; and egg whites may be used to add froth to specialty drinks.

 

  1. Trigger: Travel

Staying in a hotel for the holidays may be wonderful, but not if you have allergies. Pillows and bedding can harbor a lot of dust mites. You may have difficulties with some of the detergents they use as well. If you will be staying with family, their pets may trigger your symptoms.

Precautions: Consider bringing your own pillow, or at least a dust mite cover for the pillow you’ll be using. Also make sure you get a nonsmoking room. If you’re allergic to your family’s pet, take your medicines with you. If possible, avoid petting the animal, and wash your hands after direct contact.

 

Other Holiday Triggers

Stress: Be aware that stress can lead to asthma attacks. Chemicals released by the body during stressful times can cause the muscles around your airways to tighten, making it difficult to breathe.

  • Poinsettias: This festive plant is a member of the rubber tree family and contains compounds similar to those found in latex, so stay away if you have a latex allergy. Certain groups of people—such as healthcare workers and people with spina bifida who have had numerous surgeries—are more likely to be allergic to latex. One study showed that 40 percent of latex-allergic individuals were also allergic to poinsettias.

 

The key is to be prepared and plan ahead. Consult with your doctor in advance.

http://acaai.org/locate-an-allergist

CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Cream

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“CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Cream is a great product for people with sensitive skin, eczema, or really for anyone. It does not sting. As an allergist and mother of a daughter who has eczema, this is very important to me.”—Mommy MD Guide Sonal Patel, MD, a mom of twin daughters and a physician who specializes in pediatrics/adult allergy and immunology with the White Memorial Pediatric Medical Group, in Los Angeles.

Product Cerave-Baby-Moisturizing Cream-5oz-New-tube onlyFormulated with a unique patented formula containing three essentials ceramides, NEW! CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Cream moisturizes for up to 24 hours to protect and maintain baby’s delicate skin barrier. Developed with pediatric dermatologists, CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Cream contains 1.2% Dimethicone to help provide intense moisturization.

Formulated especially for babies with sensitive skin or eczema, to temporarily protect and help relieve chafed, chapped or cracked skin.

Designed for use on the face and body, CeraVe  Baby Moisturizing Cream utilizes a patented Multivescular Emulsion (MVE®) technology, which allows for a controlled and steady release of ingredients over time. CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Cream is hypoallergenic and fragrance-, paraben-, gluten- and phthalate-free; it is ideal for dry to normal, as well as, sensitive skin.

You can buy CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Cream for around $9.99 for a 5.0-ounce. tube at store such as CVS, Meijer, Rite-Aid, Babies “R” Us, Buy Buy Baby, and Amazon. Visit CeraVe.com for more information.

5 Immunologist’s Tips for Building Your Child’s Immunity

October 27, 2014 by  
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Girl blowing her nose --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbisby Mommy MD Guide Sonal R Patel, MD

I often get asked “How can I build my child’s Immunity?”  Here are some suggestions:

1. It starts with a great diet.

You are what you eat! There may be something to the old saying. Healthy things in everyday foods — from yogurt to walnuts — may help boost a kid’s natural defenses. So whether you’re arming your kid for cold and flu season or just aiming for good, year-round health, immune-boosting foods may help.

Foods that may Boost Immunity

  • Yogurt contains helpful germs called probiotics. You may already know that these organisms live in your gut and can improve the way your body uses food. But they’re also important in helping your body fight sickness. What type of yogurt should you get? Look for brands that say they contain live cultures. Just stay away from artificially added sugars, colors, etc.
  • Walnuts. Walnuts have healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for you in lots of ways. Experts believe that omega-3s help your body fight illness. Walnuts are easy to sprinkle into a snack mix or on cereal. This is an especially great way to get natural omegas for vegetarians.
  • Fruits and veggies. To help your immune system, some experts suggests aiming for ones that are high in vitamin C, like citrus fruits, strawberries, bell peppers, broccoli, and sweet potatoes.

Sugar has been shown in many clinical trials to actually suppress immunity. To keep kids well, limit their overall intake of additives, sugar, and find out which foods are allergens. Focus on plenty of fresh veggies, whole fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, and eggs.

2. Maintain your child’s microbiota!

Probiotics are the friendly helpful bacteria that naturally occur in our guts. They protect our digestive tracts, help us to digest food, and shield us from invading bacteria and viruses. When this bacterial balance becomes disrupted in children, we can see changes in a child’s ability to fend off infections. So eat food that have probiotics like yogurt and avoid unnecessary antibiotic use. Urging your pediatrician to write a prescription for an antibiotic whenever your child has a cold, flu, or sore throat is a bad idea. Antibiotics treat only illnesses caused by bacteria, but the majority of childhood illnesses are caused by viruses. Studies show, however, that many pediatricians prescribe antibiotics somewhat reluctantly at the urging of parents who mistakenly think it can’t hurt. In fact, it can. Strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria have flourished as a result, and a simple ear infection is more difficult to cure if it’s caused by stubborn bacteria that don’t respond to standard treatment.

3. Help calm their stress and anxiety.

In today’s fast-paced world, parents are overstressed, children are over-scheduled, and everyone suffers. Children’s bodies have the same response to stress that adults’ do — their cortisol and adrenaline rises. When this elevation in stress hormones is sustained, their immune systems’ response is lowered. It’s important for children to have lots of down time, time for creative play, and simply times of rest.

4. Make sure they’re getting enough good sleep.

Most children are not getting the required amount of sleep. Depending on age, children need between 10 and 14 hours of sleep per night.

5. Remember that fever helps fight infection and infections develop your immunity

Although many parents panic at the first sign of a rise in temperature on the thermometer, it’s important to recognize that fever is only a sign of and not an illness itself. Fever is your child’s body’s natural response to an infection, and without it her body isn’t as effective at fighting the illness. Minor illnesses are part of life, and not every infection can be prevented or treated. When you do have an infection, your immune system builds immunity and memory to that particular virus or bacteria.

 

  • All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

 

 

 

 

 

CeraVe Baby Wash & Shampoo

October 16, 2014 by  
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“The CeraVe Baby Wash & Shampoo is a great product, and I highly recommend it,” says Sonal R. Patel, MD, a mom of twin daughters and a physician who specializes in pediatrics/adult allergy and immunology with the White Memorial Pediatric Medical Group, in Los Angeles. “It’s especially great for babies and for people who have sensitive skin or eczema.”

Product Cerave Baby WashEven my husband noticed that the body wash did not strip my girls’ hair of its natural oils,” Dr. Patel added. “But because it’s sulfate free, one has to keep in mind that it won’t lather like regular shampoos and soaps that contain sulfates. But even though it doesn’t lather, it’s still doing a good job.”

CeraVe Baby Wash & Shampoo gently cleanses baby’s hair and body while helping to maintain the delicate skin barrier.  The product contains 3 essential ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins that work to lock in and restore moisture in the skin, leaving it hydrated and soft. Packaged in a convenient pump bottle, CeraVe Baby Wash & Shampoo is free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and dyes. It is also tear-free, hypoallergenic, and fragrance-free.

You can buy CeraVe Baby Wash & Shampoo at Walmart and specialty baby retailers for around $9.99. Visit cerave.com/our-products/baby for more information.

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