Kids Considered™

Toddlers

Getting Comfortable With Telehealth

In this episode we discuss the role that telemedicine has played during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Toddlers

The Threat of Digital Advertising to Children

Digital advertisements are increasingly targeting children when they play games, go on social media, use apps, and in the many other ways that children access the internet.

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Babies

Newborn Hospital Care

The first days in the hospital with your newborn are overwhelming. In this episode, we discuss the importance of and rationale behind the hepatitis B vaccine, erythromycin eye ointment and the vitamin K injection.

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Children

The Importance of Gratitude for Families

Did you know that children who are more grateful are happier and healthier? In this episode, we discuss specific strategies that parents can use in order to have their children think more deeply about being grateful.

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Teens

Coronavirus-Focus on Opening Schools-Special Update Edition 17 February 2021

In this special episode, we discuss the impact of school closures on children and families including suboptimal learning via distance, nutritional and behavioral challenges, the impact on parents, and more.

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Children

Heart Murmurs

Heart murmurs are extremely common in childhood, and the vast majority of these are innocent childhood murmurs.

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Toddlers

Children and Cycling Safety

This episode is all about cycling. We discuss questions on common sense cycling safety rules that every child should know, how to safely bike to school, common cycling injuries, and how to get started early.

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Toddlers

Potty Training

Potty training is an important developmental milestone. Many children will obtain day time continence by 24-36 months, and nighttime continence follows later, usually by age 6.

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Toddlers

Preparing For Medical Procedures

Some children are fearful about going to the doctor’s office or procedures such as routine immunizations or stitches. We discuss several conventional and alternative techniques to minimize pain and lesson fear.

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Toddlers

Nightmares—Causes & Cures

Most children will experience nightmares, and other sleep disorders such as night terrors and sleepwalking occur less frequently.

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Infectious Diseases

Coronavirus–Focus on Vaccine–Special Update Edition 9 December 2020

In this special episode, Dr. Lena and Dr. Dean talk about vaccines developed for the novel coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Teens

Puberty & Growth

Puberty is a time of significant changes in adolescence, both physically and emotionally. In this episode we discuss the physiology and hormonal triggers for puberty.

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Children

Kids and Pets Benefits

Pets can be great additions to families, but when is the right time to introduce a pet to children? Dogs and cats are popular choices, but what about hamsters, fish, birds or reptiles?

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Babies

Basics of Breastfeeding (Part 2)

Breastfeeding is mutually beneficial for both moms and children. Despite its known benefits, many women struggle with initiating and maintaining breastfeeding. In this 2-part series we chat with Dr. Hoyt-Austin.

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Babies

Basics of Breastfeeding (Part 1)

Breastfeeding is mutually beneficial for both moms and children. Despite its known benefits, many women struggle with initiating and maintaining breastfeeding. In this 2-part series we chat with Dr. Hoyt-Austin.

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Children

Ear Piercing and Children

It's common for children to have their ears pierced. In this episode, we discuss some options for where to get ears pierced, some common complications of ear piercing and how to avoid them, and more.

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Teens

Influenza and Children: Prevent the Flu

It’s very common for children to get influenza. And although most children recover, it may occasionally result in serious illness.

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Teens

Teen Mental Health-Anxiety

Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder diagnosed in childhood. And there are many different types of anxiety disorders.

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Teens

Teen Mental Health: Depression

Depression is very common in teens, with just over 1 in 10 teens experiencing a major depressive episode during this time. Sadly, suicide is now the 2nd leading cause of death in this age group.

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Toddlers

Kids and Fever

Fever is an extremely common concern that presents to the pediatricians office. In this episode, we discuss the reasons why fevers occur so commonly in kids. We will debunk some of the common myths.

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Children

Nosebleeds Nowadays

Nosebleeds are very common during childhood, especially for children less than 10 years of age. The vast majority of nosebleeds are mild and resolve on their own or with a little help.

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Toddlers

Racism Impact on Children (Part 2)

We often think of racism as a societal issue. In addition, racism directly negatively impacts children’s health. How can we talk about racism with children? What about structural or institutional racism?

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Infectious Diseases

Coronavirus–Special Update Edition 15 July 2020

In this special episode, Dr. Lena and Dr. Dean talk about disease due to the novel coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic. We discuss major recent developments and focus on how to plan on opening schools.

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Toddlers

Racism Impact on Children (Part 1)

We often think of racism as a societal issue. In addition, racism directly negatively impacts children’s health. How can we talk about racism with children? What about structural or institutional racism?

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Toddlers

Throwing Some Shade: A Discussion of Sun Safety

Sun exposure and sunburns increase the risk of skin cancer. That’s why it’s important to protect the skin of children from harmful UV rays.

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Infectious Diseases

Coronavirus–Special Update Edition 17 June 2020

In this special episode, Dr. Lena and Dr. Dean talk about disease due to the novel coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic. We discuss major developments this week.

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Babies

Soothing Your Fussy Baby

Crying is an important form of communication by babies, and babies can cry as soon as they are born. The crying generally peaks at about 6 weeks of age.

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Toddlers

Adverse Childhood Experiences Explained

Adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress are extremely common. Two out of every three people experience one or more traumatic early life event.

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Infectious Diseases

Coronavirus–Special Update Edition 21 May 2020

In this special episode, Dr. Lena and Dr. Dean talk about disease due to the novel coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic. We discuss major developments this week.

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Teens

Teen Driver Safety

Driving safely is a matter of life and death. In fact, car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and young adults.

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About Us

Kids Considered™ is a UC Davis Children’s Hospital podcast, featuring two pediatricians who discuss child health topics of interest to parents in plain, non-medical language. New subjects are considered in every episode, discussing issues that apply from healthy pregnancy to birth to teen years.

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