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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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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.6/14/2021 8:14:29 PM6/14/2021 8:14:29 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
Does the COVID-19 vaccine cause myocarditis?15166ask-the-pediatrician~The potentially rare side effect of myocarditis pales in comparison to the potential risks of COVID-19 infection. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to talk with your pediatrician.6/14/2021 8:01:38 PM6/14/2021 8:01:38 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors She is the Chair of the 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{9A241458-3751-497F-AB12-DD277C2DDB35}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
My kids are worried that their sports seasons may be on hold again because of COVID. How can I help them cope?1590136/12/2021 9:03:54 AM6/12/2021 9:03:54 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors Here are 10 tips to get 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{3F591DC4-02CC-4625-BCFC-84D32613D358}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Is it safe to get a flu shot if I am pregnant?790476/12/2021 9:03:53 AM6/12/2021 9:03:53 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors But it can also lead to 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{FC160C92-ABDC-4652-BCB0-AAED53F8AD05}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
My baby is turning a year old this month. Should she be talking by now?1425146/12/2021 9:03:51 AM6/12/2021 9:03:51 AMOur 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
What is the safest way to keep my children warm when the power goes out at home during the winter?996556/12/2021 9:03:49 AM6/12/2021 9:03:49 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?1562306/12/2021 9:03:47 AM6/12/2021 9:03:47 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?188816/12/2021 9:03:46 AM6/12/2021 9:03:46 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?188726/12/2021 9:03:44 AM6/12/2021 9:03:44 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
Does my unvaccinated child still have to wear a mask when the rest of the family doesn't?163377ask-the-pediatrician~Currently, there is no COVID vaccine for kids under age 12. Which means masks are still an important way to protect them. And since unvaccinated children can still transmit the virus to others, mask wearing protects others as well.5/29/2021 9:04:22 AM5/29/2021 9:04:22 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors Here are a few things to 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{2889CA8B-E634-45BB-897E-8E88B2CC3788}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Is it safe for families to travel yet?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.5/27/2021 4:05:38 AM5/27/2021 4:05:38 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
My children want to have birthday parties with their friends but can't get COVID-19 vaccines yet. Is it safe?104121ask-the-pediatrician~Families can lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission during children's birthday parties and other get-togethers, even with kids too young to get the vaccine yet. They key is taking some extra precautions.5/26/2021 9:52:18 PM5/26/2021 9:52:18 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors We are all ready for 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{DEC2212E-56D2-4BE6-AC37-2E52E3549324}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Should my children take swim lessons if they are too young to get the COVID-19 vaccine yet?156310ask-the-pediatrician~While a COVID-19 vaccine for younger children is not yet available, taking extra precautions can take help lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure during swim lessons.5/15/2021 9:03:56 AM5/15/2021 9:03:56 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{6ECFE805-7CAA-4476-8E20-30F3BA8D4EB8}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Can my kids safely hug their grandparents now that they've had the COVID-19 vaccine?33691ask-the-pediatrician~If grandparents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for at least two weeks, then it is probably safe for in-person visits – and long overdue hugs—begin again.5/13/2021 12:39:48 PM5/13/2021 12:39:48 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors If you or your child are 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{F7D43C26-A1AA-4AE8-AEEF-DA37FC3E657A}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
When do babies first smile?160241ask-the-pediatrician~​​A baby's first social smile usually appears by the end of their second month. It's one of their most important, and enjoyable, social milestones. Here's why.4/29/2021 3:23:58 PM4/29/2021 3:23:58 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors What if it seems like my 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{686CECCB-723D-4145-AD99-A6C4EBCA2533}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js

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