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Ask the Pediatrician

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


 


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Do kids who test positive for COVID still need the vaccine, and when can they get it?172152ask-the-pediatrician~Kids should get a COVID vaccine or booster, even if they already had COVID-19. They should get vaccinated as soon as they are recovered from their illness and their isolation period has ended.1/22/2022 10:02:20 AM1/22/2022 10:02:20 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors But right now, we do not 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{21E1C7FA-CC51-4E9A-9A5A-AFCBC45DA20B}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Does omicron affect children differently than other COVID variants, and how concerned should I be?127154ask-the-pediatrician~What should parents do if an unvaccinated child is exposed to COVID? And here is why parents should not expose kids to COVID on purpose, even if they are too young for the vaccine.1/22/2022 10:02:16 AM1/22/2022 10:02:16 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors If she is not in clinic 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{9ABFE7E7-03FB-4215-B79F-FA4B9D1A8C77}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
What do I need to know about COVID vaccines for kids age 5-11?1688781/22/2022 10:02:12 AM1/22/2022 10:02:12 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors It is safe and it works 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{46F15832-EF9D-4B98-9937-B0D61F055A7A}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Can probiotics help when my child has an infection and needs to take antibiotics?17174Probiotics for children, probiotics for kids, antibiotics and probiotics, prebiotics, probiotics while taking antibiotics, what to eat while taking antibiotics, what to eat after taking antibiotics, probiotics for diarrhea, when to take probiotics, tummy1/19/2022 10:29:00 PM1/19/2022 10:29:00 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors It's a good idea to talk 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{5FD03090-0EF0-490F-982C-FB07D3260FA2}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Is it safe for families to travel now?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.1/12/2022 1:28:59 AM1/12/2022 1:28:59 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
Does the COVID-19 vaccine protect kids from the omicron and delta variants of the virus?143127ask-the-pediatrician~COVID-19 delta and delta plus variants are infecting kids, which is why everyone eligible should receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 1/11/2022 3:53:46 PM1/11/2022 3:53:46 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors If your child or teen is 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{EDBE55CE-EBC9-427D-9318-1CE5983083E3}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
My child is about to turn 12. Which COVID-19 vaccine should they get?133671ask-the-pediatrician~The COVID shot for children 5 years to 11 years old is a smaller dose than the vaccine for teens and adults. Here is why younger kids get a lower dose of the COVID shot and when your child can get it. 1/7/2022 6:17:46 PM1/7/2022 6:17:46 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors Why do we use age for 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{456DB5EE-CF0E-4FB9-B3C2-7E34F15C1046}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
When can kids get the COVID-19 vaccine or a booster?90049ask-the-pediatrician~COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are recommended for eligible children and teens.1/6/2022 3:30:02 AM1/6/2022 3:30:02 AMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors Who can get a third shot 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
Can my child get a COVID vaccine with other immunizations they need?165428ask-the-pediatrician~In terms of timing, your child can get a COVID vaccine at the same time as other immunizations they may need.1/4/2022 8:51:41 PM1/4/2022 8:51:41 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{7F957221-03E9-479D-835D-A457160D88FE}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Can we attend holiday gatherings safely with our unvaccinated young children?167464Follow these safety tips this holiday season to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for children who are too young to get vaccinated.12/27/2021 2:13:25 PM12/27/2021 2:13:25 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{CE2FFA1D-AF12-411B-AF69-AF6B49DDB3F6}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Do college students and teens need a flu shot?168879ask-the-pediatrician~College students and teens should get a flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster ASAP before traveling or heading home. Getting vaccinated will help prevent the spread of illness to others at risk of severe illness or hospitalization. 12/13/2021 6:15:15 PM12/13/2021 6:15:15 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors That's why it is best 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{7CEE49DB-D1B0-483C-8855-F9E182E2569B}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Is it safe to get a flu shot if I am pregnant?79047Pregnant women should get a flu shot to avoid serious complications from influenza. Here's why it is so important to get the flu shot when you are pregnant.12/7/2021 2:55:44 PM12/7/2021 2:55:44 PMOur 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
Can my child get a COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine at the same visit?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.12/6/2021 10:23:22 PM12/6/2021 10:23:22 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors If your child is 5 years 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
How do I help my picky eater try more healthy foods?169162Recognizing that pickiness is normal and usually short-lived in children can make mealtimes more enjoyable. A low-key approach to picky eating can help kids come around and try a wider variety of foods. Here are some basic strategies to try.11/30/2021 9:38:18 PM11/30/2021 9:38:18 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors It can cause a lot of 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{35527563-0E17-4A43-8ADD-3C3D6038BFF5}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
My partner and I got COVID-19 vaccines while I was pregnant, but is it safe for our newborn to be around unvaccinated people168425Getting the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy will protect you--and also help you pass along protective antibodies to your baby. This may reduce your newborn's risk of COVID-19 infection. Still, you should limit your baby's contact with others.11/30/2021 9:33:22 PM11/30/2021 9:33:22 PMOur Sponsors Log in | Register Menu Log in | Register Home Our Sponsors Having a new baby is 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{9C9A31B1-66CD-40D6-A45B-5120232F3012}~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js

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