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Parenting Corner


This blog is for parents interested in timely and relevant health information and practical tips for children, drawing on the expertise of pediatric specialists from Children’s National and other resources.

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At Rise and Shine, you'll find expert advice on everything related to child health or for more specific guidance on parenting issues. Best of all you can rest assured 
that the information comes straight from experts at Children's National Health System - medical experts committed to keeping your child healthy and happy. 


Recent Posts:

                                             
Tips to create a family-friendly health resolutions
             
One way to keep a resolution- whether its spending more time together as a family, eating more vegetables or volunteering in the community- is to create specific, time-bound goals for the entire family to achieve. 

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Ten tips from pediatrician moms on how to cure colds
            
Dr. Jessica Lazerov, pediatrician at Children's National, gives tips on how to prevent colds. Her top tip for promoting proper hygiene? Make it fun. She teaches children "the dab" dance, which shows them how to cough or sneeze into their elbow to prevent the spread of germs. (Parents Magazine) 

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 How to Introduce Stuffed Animals and Toys to a Child’s Bed
           
Stuffed animals and crib toys have no business in a crib in the initial months of a child's life. That's because the risk of Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS) for babies is increased when crib toys or stuffed animals are introduced to a baby's sleeping area. Dr. Daniel Lewin, pediatric psychologist and associate director of sleep medicine at Children's National, weighs in. (Fatherly)

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 How to pack your kids a healthy and tasty school lunch 
          
Packing a healthy and tasty school lunch can seem like a daunting task. Try using the MyPlate method, developed by USDA.

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What is hand, foot and mouth disease?
Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD ) is a common childhood illness caused by a virus, known as coxsackievirus, which spreads easily from person to person. It can affect anybody, but it is most commonly seen in young children. HFMD tends to spread more during the summer and fall and can spread easily among young children in day care and preschools.

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 Sunburn Safety
          
Switching gears from summer vacation to back to school can provoke a volatile mix of excitement and anxiety for parents and kids alike. Along with other experts, Dr. Eleanor Mackey, a psychologist at Children's National, shares tips on how to quell those first-day butterflies. 

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 15 ways to ease the back-to-school jitters
         
Switching gears from summer vacation to back to school can provoke a volatile mix of excitement and anxiety for parents and kids alike. Along with other experts, Dr. Eleanor Mackey, a psychologist at Children's National, shares tips on how to quell those first-day butterflies.

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How to avoid tick bites and Lyme disease  
         
The grass is green and the flowers are blooming, which makes it the perfect time of year for your kids to enjoy their favorite outdoor activities. During these warm months its very important to make sure your child is protected against all bugs bites but its specificially its time to watch out for ticks!   

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 Boating Safety For Kids
      
With almost 100 different kinds of boats - from kayaks to canoes to motorboats - there's a good chance most of us will be having a great time on the water at some point. So when you do, please remember these simple tips on boating safety for kids.

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  What parents need to know about trampolines, bounce houses, ATVs and jet skis
     
  By following these tips from a Children's National Health System pediatrician, you can make sure your child has fun while staying safe this summer.

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Dangers of Drowning
     
Unintentional drowning is the leading cause of death among children. And its preventable.    

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6 Ways to Promote Healthy Sleep Routines for Your Family This Summer  
          
Sleep is a lot like surfing: It takes preparation and practice to learn how to catch and ride the wave. But it's worth the effort, since healthy sleep patterns during childhood and adolescence are linked to improved health outcomes, academic achievement and physical safety, among many other benefits.

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Solar Eclipse Eye Safety

There will be a solar eclipse in North America, on August 21, 2017. For information on what a solar eclipse is and how to best protect your eyes read this article from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.     



Moon Bounce Safety
                                                                         

 Moon bounce injuries are more common than you think. Here's how to avoid themg




Sun Safety Tips for the Summer
   

 The Division of Trauma and Burn Surgery at Children's National Health System is dedicated to increasing awareness about sun safety for infants and adolescents. By minimizing your child's sun exposure and using sunscreen, you can prevent potential damage and scarring.   

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  Homemade versus Store-bought Purees for Infants

 Bethany Skelton, CPNP-PC, a Nurse Practitioner with Children’s Pediatricians & Associates  Foggy Bottom/Capitol Hill shares her insight on the pros and cons of feeding your baby  homemade or store-bought food.  










                                                 
  Keeping Your Baby Hydrated During Summer  
   
Jamie Hedman, MD, a pediatrician with Children’s Pediatricians & Associates Foggy Bottom/Capitol Hill, answers frequently asked questions on the safest ways to keep your baby hydrated during the hot summer months.  



                                 
  A Guide to Your Child’s Feelings Using Pixar’s “Inside Out”  

Lauren Patton, PsyD, a child psychologist at Children’s National Health System, discusses children’s emotions using Pixar’s “Inside Out” as a guide.  

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  How to Safely Avoid Summer Bug Bites  
   
Meagan Van Assche, NP, a pediatric nurse practitioner with Children’s Pediatricians & Associates Foggy Bottom/Capitol Hill, shares recommendations for how you and your child can prevent getting bit by mosquitos and other itchy bugs this season.  

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Keeping Your Baby Hydrated During Summer   
    
Jamie Hedman, MD, a pediatrician with Children’s Pediatricians & Associates Foggy Bottom/Capitol Hill, answers frequently asked questions on the safest ways to keep your baby hydrated during the hot summer months.   











                                                              
Understanding Your Child's Immunization Record    
      Thursday, September 3, 2015    

 Lauren Eagan, NP, a nurse practitioner with Children’s Pediatricians & Associates Foggy  Bottom/Capitol Hill, clarifies what you see on your child’s immunization record.    



      
 Managing Your Child's Health Problems In School

 Lauren Martin, MD, a pediatrician at Children’s Pediatrician’s & Associates Foggy Bottom/Capitol  Hill, gives tips for communicating your child’s health needs and medication information to his or  her school.    


                                                    
Breastfeeding and Tongue-Tie Infants   
    
 Soleak Sim, MD, a pediatrician with Children’s Pediatricians & Associates Foggy Bottom/Capitol  Hill, discusses tongue-tie in infants for new parents.   

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How to Treat Poison Ivy and Poison Oak Rashes   
    
Scott Norton, MD, MPH, Division Chief of Dermatology at Children’s National, shares tips on how to identify and treat poison ivy and other rashes.   

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Tips for Safely Celebrating the Fourth of July With Your Family   
    
Leah Shoval, RN, BSN at Children’s Pediatricians & Associates Capitol Hill, shares some tips on how you and your family can safely celebrate the 4th of July this year.

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