Healthy Children

Healthy Children

Produced in conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and their consumer site, HealthyChildren.org, Healthy Children is hosted by our favorite Mom: Melanie Cole, MS. Join Melanie as she interviews expert pediatricians and discusses all aspects of your children’s health and well-being. From infants to teens, potty training to bullying, to prom safety – this is your ultimate audio parenting guide available On Demand 24/7!

Episodes

August 3, 2021
Our kids are heading back to school soon, most likely in person this time. But after a year of staying home with no routines, it can be a bit nervewracking to think about heading back to the busy halls of a bustling school.

Our kids are heading back to school soon, most likely in person this time. But after a year of staying home with no routines, it can be a bit nervewracking to think about heading back to the busy halls of a bustl...

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Find out how to address your kids' concerns about climate change.

Climate change affects all of us. Your children may have concerns. You want to be able to talk to them about it without affecting them with your own anxiety.

Tell your children the truth but frame it with hope. We have the ability to act on climate change right now. Many of the things we can do to help the planet improve our own lives in the short term. Advocacy by...

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Today we are diving into a new and interesting topic here on the show: cross-cultural kids.

Today we are diving into a new and interesting topic here on the show: cross-cultural kids.

Dr. Anisha Abraham, MD, MPH?is?a board-certified pediatrician and adolescent health specialist with 25 years of global experience.? Anisha treats and counsels young people with a variety of issues including social media use, drug use, and stress.? As a ...

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Protests in the summer of 2020 raged on in most major cities for weeks protesting the death of George Floyd, police brutality, and in support of black lives. All of these are incredibly heavy and complex topics to discuss with children, so where do you begin?

Protests in the summer of 2020 raged on in most major cities for weeks protesting the death of George Floyd, police brutality, and in support of black lives. All of these are i...

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We'd all like to go on vacation this summer, but what should we know before we head on that road trip or plane during this almost post-pandemic time?We'd all like to go on vacation this summer, but what should we know before we head on that road trip or plane during this almost post-pandemic time?

We're talking about the current recommendations for summer activities, vaccinated vs unvaccinated, what to do with kids on fl...
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As the summer gets into full swing, and we're starting to think about cookouts and gatherings again, it's important to remember both COVID-19 and regular safety rules when getting together for the 4th!

As the summer gets into full swing, and we're starting to think about cookouts and gatherings again, it's important to remember both COVID-19 and regular safety rules when getting together for the 4th!

Dr. Jaime Friedma...

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A new dog or other family pet has brought so much joy to uprooted lives this pandemic. But with increased numbers of pet adoptions come more opportunities for bites, scratches, and other dog or pet woes.

A new dog or other family pet has brought so much joy to uprooted lives this pandemic. But with increased numbers of pet adoptions come more opportunities for bites, scratches, and other dog or pet woes.

Dr. Alison Tothy is back on t...

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We've heard about it every summer for years, but somehow it still happens, kids dying in hot cars.

We've heard about it every summer for years, but somehow it still happens, kids dying in hot cars.

On average 40 kids die in hot cars every year, with most incidents happening towards the end of a typical work week.

Dr. Benjamin Hoffman is a pediatrician and expert on child safety and sits down with Melanie Cole in this encore ep...
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Summer is on its way, and being outside is still the best place to have fun during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summer is on its way, and being outside is still the best place to have fun during the COVID-19 pandemic. With some restrictions being lifted, more people will be traveling to beaches, hotel pools, and other summer fun spots near the water. So today we are talking all about swim safety and drowning prevention.

Dr. Gary Kirkilas i...

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This summer everyone is excited to make up for 2020 and get as many plans in as they can. But there is still so much that's unknown about the virus still. So, is sending your kid away to summer camp okay?

This summer everyone is excited to make up for 2020 and get as many plans in as they can. But there is still so much that's unknown about the virus still. So, is sending your kid away to summer camp okay?

Well, Dr. Alison To...

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COVID-19 vaccines recently opened up to kids ages 12 and up, so what does that mean for you and your children?COVID-19 vaccines recently opened up to kids ages 12 and up, so what does that mean for you and your children?

Dr. Hina Talib breaks down the rule changes for the Pfizer vaccine, dosage, side effects, and more.

Dr. Talib (She/Her) is a board-certified Pediatrician and Adolescent Medicine specialist, writer, and teen media cre...
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The pandemic has affected our children in so many ways, including their sleep patterns. With new school routines and quarantining, sleep has fallen to the waste side, and bedtimes are all over the place. 

The pandemic has affected our children in so many ways, including their sleep patterns. With new school routines and quarantining, sleep has fallen to the waste side, and bedtimes are all over the place. 

Sleep has actually been on ...
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As our children grow into teens (and eventually adults), there comes a time where we need to sit them down to talk about handling and advocating for their own health. 

As our children grow into teens (and eventually adults), there comes a time where we need to sit them down to talk about handling and advocating for their own health. Whether it's nutrition, a chronic health problem, or personal hygiene, sometimes kids as early as...

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A disturbing trend has been on the rise in the United States: racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 

A disturbing trend has been on the rise in the United States: racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

So how do we discuss this hate and violence with our children? Bring up the topic of racism in general, and simply teach empathy?

Dr. Steph Lee is back again to help us approach this conversation with our ...
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While your younger kids probably won't be vaccinated this summer, most adults in this country will have the option to be! This means we have a few more freedoms back this vacation season.?

While your younger kids probably won't be vaccinated this summer, most adults in this country will have the option to be! This means we have a few more freedoms back this vacation season.?

So what CAN we do this year? Listen to this episode...
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The daunting challenge of stopping climate change can feel like a lot. Especially when you are a kid or a teen. 

The daunting challenge of stopping climate change can feel like a lot. Especially when you are a kid or a teen. Really it's their future we're trying to save.

So how can young people help ease the effects of climate change, and be more earth-conscious? In honor of Earth Day this week (April 22nd), we're talkin...
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It is an especially difficult time to be a parent, with all of the different forms of schooling going on during the pandemic. Whether you're homeschooling, helping with virtual lessons, or sending your kid to physical classrooms, learning is not what it used to be.

It is an especially difficult time to be a parent, with all of the different forms of schooling going on during the pandemic. Whether you're homeschooling, helpin...
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Today we're diving into an important conversation: how to understand and support your children when they come out as gay, bisexual, lesbian, or any other sexual identity and/or sexuality.

Today we're diving into an important conversation: how to understand and support your children when they come out as gay, bisexual, lesbian, or any other sexual identity and/or sexuality. 

Dr. Naveen Mehrotra is joining us again for this ep...

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In a previous episode on sex and dating, we didn't focus as much as we could have on the boy's side of the conversation. How do we teach our sons and other young boys in our life how to respect women when it comes to dating?

In a previous episode on sex and dating, we didn't focus as much as we could have on the boy's side of the conversation. How do we teach our sons and other young boys in our life how to respect w...

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This week is Poison Prevention Week (March 21 - 27 2021) so we're talking about keeping chemicals away from our kids.

This week is Poison Prevention Week (March 21 - 27 2021) so we're talking about keeping chemicals away from our kids. It's so scary and really so easy for kids to get into things like laundry pods, drugs and alcohol, and other household goods. 

Dr. Kevin Osterhoudt is an attending physician in the Divisio...

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