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Ask the Pediatrician

 Real Questions. Answers You Can Trust.


 


 

​​Dr. Jennifer Shu and her team of pediatricians and pediatric specialists answer parents' commonly asked health questions.​​


 


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My baby is turning a year old this month. Should she be talking by now?1425143/2/2021 8:37:47 PM3/2/2021 8:37:47 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors At around 6 or 7 months STS_ListItem_850https://healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{3A0349DC-EEF1-4A1D-991B-133608E47009}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Is it safe to put a bag of rice on a baby’s tummy to help them sleep?1425173/1/2021 11:06:43 PM3/1/2021 11:06:43 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors Why it's not a good idea STS_ListItem_850https://healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{2C45AEBE-5E3E-4D0F-82CB-2216D5F16356}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
What is the safest way to keep my children warm when the power goes out at home during the winter?996552/27/2021 10:03:41 AM2/27/2021 10:03:41 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors You may be able to use a STS_ListItem_850https://healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{93FD73E8-405D-4081-B2A3-6B98E0222792}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
How can I help my child avoid eye and back strain from being on the computer?1562302/27/2021 10:03:39 AM2/27/2021 10:03:39 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors If a laptop is the only STS_ListItem_850https://healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{692C344C-CCF7-4E9C-A599-EB430E9A3853}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
What is the safest sleep solution for my baby with reflux?188812/27/2021 10:03:37 AM2/27/2021 10:03:37 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors And if your baby is one STS_ListItem_850https://healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{91D85FFB-B98E-419A-85DF-A70F421C4D39}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
My daughter is extremely shy and anxious around strangers. How can I help her?188722/27/2021 10:03:35 AM2/27/2021 10:03:35 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors STS_ListItem_850https://healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{11A01A0E-10B7-4B54-B68B-CA103CA2E803}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Will it be safe for our family to travel over spring break?89817ask-the-pediatrician~With COVID-19 vaccines becoming available, some families wonder if it may be safe to travel this spring. Learn why it will likely be safer, and more relaxing, to wait until summer or later in the year.2/13/2021 10:03:58 AM2/13/2021 10:03:58 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors Try to travel by car if STS_ListItem_850https://healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{057594DC-82C7-4A45-9BDC-5DE6316A809A}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Why is it so important for my kids to get caught up on their childhood immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic?79985ask-the-pediatrician~It's more important than ever to get caught up on your child's immunizations to avoid new disease outbreaks on top of COVID-19.2/10/2021 8:14:39 PM2/10/2021 8:14:39 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors But if your c​hild does STS_ListItem_850https://healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{AE8DEA0D-CD48-420A-B79A-923FECBC39A8}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
When can children get the COVID-19 vaccine?90049ask-the-pediatrician~Clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines for children need to be expanded now in hopes we can have a vaccine for at least some younger age groups before the next school year.2/2/2021 4:17:35 PM2/2/2021 4:17:35 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors STS_ListItem_850https://healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{DF150568-1493-40CF-BA9D-711965CD201C}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Is it really that important to see my pediatrician right now?137171ask-the-pediatrician~You should always feel free to call your pediatrician's office, even during our current coronavirus pandemic. Your pediatrician cares about your child’s health and is happy to talk to you about anything.1/26/2021 7:25:55 PM1/26/2021 7:25:55 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors What to do if your child STS_ListItem_850https://healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{1DC8693B-8A64-4FA0-A4DB-34D0302F1882}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Can telehealth “video visits” be a good option for my child? How do they work?18848ask-the-pediatrician~In certain situations, however, video visits and other telehealth tools used within a child’s medical home can give families increased access to high-quality pediatric services.1/12/2021 10:21:00 PM1/12/2021 10:21:00 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors STS_ListItem_850https://healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{B60F6539-351D-4536-9FD0-1EFC44784399}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Are holiday gatherings OK during the COVID-19 pandemic?138242ask-the-pediatrician~Follow these safety tips to reduce your risk of being exposed to, getting, or spreading COVID-19 during at holiday season get-togethers.11/28/2020 10:03:30 AM11/28/2020 10:03:30 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors If you need to shop in STS_ListItem_850https://healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{CE2FFA1D-AF12-411B-AF69-AF6B49DDB3F6}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Is it safe to send my child to child care during COVID-19?138949ask-the-pediatrician~Don’t hesitate to talk with your pediatrician during the COVID-19 pandemic about when it is safe to send your baby to child care during the COVID-19 pandemic.11/2/2020 4:24:12 PM11/2/2020 4:24:12 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors STS_ListItem_850https://healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{8380A956-BA94-43A1-A191-137ED3A6D7DC}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Are infrared thermometers safe?78501Some social media posts have questioned the safety of non-contact infrared thermometers, widely used in schools and child care centers to screen for fever. The good news is that claims about possible dangers of these devices are false. Learn more.10/15/2020 8:04:58 PM10/15/2020 8:04:58 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors STS_ListItem_850https://healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{D809A3EC-85B7-4C5B-BA45-9199366137B0}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Can children get COVID-19?152541ask-the-pediatrician~You may have heard of a recent rise in reported COVID-19 cases in children. This confirms that children are not immune to the virus. Here is why the rise in cases may be happening, and what it means for going back to school.10/1/2020 5:28:25 PM10/1/2020 5:28:25 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors You may have heard of a STS_ListItem_850https://healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://healthychildren.orghtmlFalseaspxhttps://hc-2019.aap.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician{56BAD9F8-AABF-476E-AF96-B9FAB0CF4D9F}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js

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