Tag Archives: Child health

Let’s Talk Children’s Mental Health Wellness

Today is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. I am participating in national campaign activities as one of the panelists discussing the importance of communication among families, primary care providers and behavioral health specialists. I am honored to be able to share my voice and passion about this topic tonight.  Check out the event, which will be streamed live at 7:00 pm ET at https://nvite.com/HeroesofHope/gxlr3n. Helping families, providers and the larger medical team (including child care providers and schools) be

Aggression & Young Children: Tips for Parents

Kids can be aggressive. Especially early on when they are learning to self-regulate and control their strong emotions, such as frustration. Sometimes kids don’t think before they do…they just do. It is especially important as caregivers to step in, defuse the situation and help the child regain control. However, aggression can also be a signal of other things, such as depression, trauma, poor impulse control or conduct disorders. Aggression in young children is often a concern in the early preschool

#AAP16 Media Use and Children’s Health: Introduction & Dr. Michael Rich

Day 1: American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition #AAP16 I am really excited about this conference! I have been offline for a while, but will use this National Conference to get back to blogging. I am attending a wonderful session about how Electronic Media is Transforming Our Patients’ health. The speakers include: David Hill, MD, FAAP Benard Dreyer, MD, FAAP Michael Rich, MD, MPH, FAAP Dimitri Christakis, MD, MPH, FAAP David Tayloe Jr., MD, FAAP Stephen Pont, MD,

Why exposures like domestic violence & trauma are important to ask about

As a behavioral pediatrician, I see children with behavior problems.  Kids with aggression, kids who have been kicked out of multiple daycares or schools, and kids who are not doing well at home or school. One of the things I always look for are clues as to WHY. Behaviors, while stressful, are not a diagnosis. They are symptoms of something else. For example: Just because a kiddo is not completing homework or cannot pay attention…it does not automatically mean the child has

Navigating the iWorld with your kids…one app at a time

I am preparing to give a talk at an upcoming pediatrics conference in October about social media and children. There is definitely a growing body of general guidance to pediatricians that suggests we talk to families about: Limiting TV to less than 2 hours a day for children and no TV for kids under 2 years of age Have discussions about social media and set limits Monitor kids’ usage and keep computers in public spaces Keep kids’ smart phones/cell phones out of bedrooms

Sunday Spotlight on Children’s Books: Not Fair, Won’t Share by Sue Graves

Helping children navigate their early friendships is important…especially when it comes to sharing objects and personal space. The book, Not Fair, Won’t Share: A Book about Sharing is authored by Sue Graves. It is a fun one to use with children to see how their behavior impacts others. I like this book because it shows a trio of kids having a hard time sharing a space station toy that the teacher has in the classroom. It shows what happens when you

We can all become advocates for child health

Have you ever just stopped and thought, “Wow, what an awesome day that was?” I had one of those days today. It reminded me of the importance of allotting time to re-charge.  For me, this time was at day 1 of the 25th Annual American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Legislative Conference in Washington DC. There was over 130 general pediatricians, specialist pediatricians, parent advocates and nurse practitioners.  All of us were there for one reason. To learn how to become better

Pediatricians unite!

On the eve of the 25th annual American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Department of Federal Affairs, I am already feeling giddy about the coming 3 days. This will be my first time attending the full 3-day conference dedicated to training up pediatricians who want to learn valuable skills to effectively advocate for child health.  The program is jam-packed with interactive workshops, in-depth training sessions and networking opportunities with more than 100 pediatricians from across the country. Day 1 runs from 715am

Twitter Chats: a way to connect with families in real time

I am participating RIGHT NOW in the Twitter Chat “Talking is Learning” hosted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Healthy Children & Too Small to Fail”. Join in the chatter on Twitter to learn some great tips on how parents can encourage children’s healthy development. Topics will include brain, language and social-emotional development. I have my twitter feed on my sidebar so keep watch on it! Other “tweetiatricians” are participating! Join in on the conversation! Follow me on Twitter: @nerissabauer

Waging war on poverty: pediatricians are going to bat

Almost half of US households with children live at or  below the federal poverty level–incomes below the $23,500 for a family of 4. This means that a large proportion of our children are growing up in homes that are struggling to provide basic necessities. Poverty has many negative effects on children, including an increased risk of chronic diseases like asthma, obesity and diabetes;  more injuries and poorer social-emotional health. Children in poverty usually enter kindergarten behind  on various developmental domains when compared to same