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CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Cream

December 1, 2015 by  
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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.

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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