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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.

Back to School with Allergies and Asthma

October 2, 2014 by  
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Girl blowing her nose --- Image by © Royalty-Free/CorbisBy Mommy MD Guide Sonal Patel, MD

The first day of school is an exciting time for children and parents. It can also be a time of anxiety if your child has asthma or allergies. Have your doctor fill out the appropriate school forms so that the child can have medications such as an Albuterol inhaler or an Epipen at school. Many school districts have school diet forms as well, to the doctor can a list any food allergies. Get the forms to your doctor early; doctors are inundated with these forms at this time of the year.


Depending on your child’s allergic condition, you may want to:

  • Tour the school to identify potential asthma or allergy triggers.
  • Talk with your child’s teacher(s) and other relevant school personnel (such as sports coaches, after school programs) about your child’s condition and treatment plan.
  • If your child is at risk for life-threatening reactions, such as those to food or insect stings, complete an Anaphlyaxis Action Plan and show school staff how to administer autoinjectable epinephrine.
  • Have an asthma action plan.


In the Classroom
There are many potential allergy and asthma triggers in schools. It is very important that your child’s allergies have been accurately diagnosed in order to determine what allergens to avoid. If your child has not been tested, make an appointment with an allergist / immunologist.

Common asthma and allergy triggers in the classroom can include:

  •  Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Chalk dust
  • Animal dander

At Recess, Gym Class and After-School Sports
Recess may be the favorite time of the school day for many children, but for those with allergies or asthma, it can be a minefield of potential triggers.

If your child has allergic rhinitis (hay fever), sign up for regular National Allergy Bureau pollen count email alerts. When levels are very high, plan accordingly if your child takes medication to control symptoms. When indoors, ask staff to keep windows closed to keep pollen out.

Children with exercise-induced bronchoconstriction may complain about participating in physical activities. However, it is very important for children to stay active, so work with school staff to develop strategies to keep your child symptom-free while exercising. These may include:

  •   Using a short-acting inhaler 15 minutes prior to exercise
  • Drinking plenty of water before, during and after exercise
  • Choosing sports that are less likely to trigger symptoms.

Insect bites can cause severe reactions in children with stinging insect allergy. Explain the symptoms to school staff and make sure your child always carries autoinjectable epinephrine in case of an emergency.

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Ocean Saline Nasal Spray for Kids

March 3, 2014 by  
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“Ocean Saline Nasal Spray for Kids is one of my favorite products for relief from stuffy noses,” says Sigrid Payne DaVeiga, MD, a mom of a seven-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter and a pediatric allergist with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in Philadelphia, PA. “ It is a nice, gentle way of alleviating so many problems with kids’ noses, especially in the winter. It helps to thin the thicker mucous that kids have from colds and upper respiratory infections, and also it helps to moisturize dry noses in this long winter season! I use it often for my own kids and frequently recommend it for my patients as well.”

“Ocean Saline Nasal Spray for Kids is safe and gentle,” adds Sonal R. Patel, MD, a mom of 22-month-old twin daughters and a physician who specializes in pediatrics/adult allergy and immunology with the White Memorial Pediatric Medical Group, in Los Angeles. “My two-year-old let me use it on her! It’s great for dry noses especially when the heater is on during the winter. Also great for allergies, colds, and nose bleeds.”

“After much arguing with my nine year old about the benefit of a nasal spray, I finally convinced him to let me try it on him,” says Heather Orman-Lubell, MD, a mom of two sons and a pediatrician in private practice at Yardley Pediatrics of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, in PA. “It was moisturizing and helped to loosen some of the mucous that he needed to blow out of his stuffy nose. I think the sprays are especially helpful at this very dry time of year when the heat in our homes is drying us all out.”

You can buy Ocean Saline Nasal Spray for Kids at CVS for $4.99. Visit www.OceanNasalCare.com for more information.

Note: We received sample(s) of Ocean Saline Nasal Spray for Kids in exchange for our honest opinions. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we use personally and believe will be good for our readers. 

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