Children’s skin care in the cold season

College of DuPage Nursing Student Vikki Palshmitas shared with Healthy Lombard that as the green leaves start turning to beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow, it is time to don our comfiest fall sweaters. Autumn is outside our windows, which means it is time to change our skin care routines. During the cold season, the harsh outdoor air and dry air inside our warm, heated houses can cause skin dehydration, exacerbation of chronic diseases such as atopic dermatitis, or eczema. Here are a few tips to take care of your child’s skin to keep it healthy and strong during winter:

Reduce the time of bath procedures.

Water dries the skin, especially if your child enjoys the pleasures of the bath for too long. The longer your child spends time soaking in the bathtub, the more the water dries the skin of the body and face. Ceramides, fatty acids, and oils that help keep skin moisturized are washed off after a shower for more than 10 minutes. In addition, most doctor’s advice the water temperature should not exceed 100 degrees F.

Do not use soap.

Soap also dries the skin, it deprives your skin of natural moisture, causing further irritation. It is better to choose soap free cleansers, since they are made without a mixture of fats and alkaline additives.  Avoid bubble baths – the detergents they contain have the greatest potential to cause skin irritation and allergic skin reactions. Read more

Impact of reading for pleasure on children

Happy children reading the book under the treeCollege of DuPage Nursing Student Matthew Ideler shared with Healthy Lombard that a longitudinal study on the topic of how reading impacts children by Mak & Fancourt, (2020) published in Social Science and Medicine demonstrated the effects of reading for pleasure and how it affected children on a long-term basis. The initial data was taken when the child was seven years and the ending time of study completion occurred when the children were eleven years of age.

Ranges used:

The methods used to determine how much a child read for fun were, “not at all, less often than once a month, once or twice a month, once or twice a week, several times a week, and every day or almost every day”

Emotional impact:

According to the results of the study, there is no correlation between reading for pleasure and development of emotional problems later in life. Read more

Apple Crunch Day is Coming Soon !!!

The mission of the Healthy Lombard Foundation is to address the epidemic of childhood obesity and promote a healthier lifestyle. With that mission in mind, the goal of the Healthy Lombard Foundation is to get a free apple into the hand of every child that wants one so that he/she can participate in Apple Crunch Day on October 8. Apple Crunch Day is celebrated during National Apple Month and encourages families to eat apples as a healthy snack. 

The Jewel-Osco on Main Street (in Lombard) agreed to provide District 44 students with FREE Apple Coupons, AND are providing coupons for local residents (see link below). Jewel-Osco has partnered with us on Apple Crunch Day since 2016 and their support has contributed to building awareness in our community and increased participation.

New this year, Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks is donating 2 bushels of apples to the students at St. John’s school in Lombard. Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks partners with small family-owned farms and purveyors, bringing the best of local & organic foods to Chicagoland with convenient, safe and reliable home delivery. Visit www.freshpicks.com for more information on Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks. You can also find them on Instagram @freshpicks and Facebook @irvandshellysfreshpicks.  Read more

ARE PLAYGROUNDS SAFE DURING THE PANDEMIC?

Bernhard Wiedermann, MD, MA, a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases. His research and clinical interests include general pediatric infections such as Lyme disease, unexplained and recurrent fevers, malaria and other tropical diseases, bone and joint infections, medical education, distance learning, and telemedicine and evidence-based medicine.  He shared in “Rise and Shine” that the risk of contracting the virus is actually more related to the other people in and around the playground than the equipment itself.

According to Wiedermann, the risk of contracting the virus is actually more related to the other people in and around the playground than the equipment itself. In general, for this virus, there’s no place better to be than wide-open spaces because if there’s any virus around it dissipates very quickly.

But, if you’re at the playground with eight other families and everybody’s running into each other and crawling all over each other, that’s not a great situation. So pay attention more to the surrounding environment. If a child has been on the playground equipment and has coughed and there’s mucus everywhere, then that’s not going to be a good situation.

Most importantly, regardless of your activities, wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands! And also don’t forget that you should not be going out or around others if you are sick.

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WHEN IS IT OKAY TO SEE GRANDPARENTS?

Kristen Reese, MD, a pediatrician at Children’s National Pediatricians & Associates Foggy Bottom and Capitol Hill and Rachel Shnider, MD, a pediatrician at Children’s National Pediatricians & Associates Foggy Bottom.both have a special interest in newborn care and infancy, adolescent health and medical education.  The co-authored an article for “Rise and Shine,” which says that when determining if it’s okay to see grandparents during the pandemic, you need to evaluate your family’s risk factors and risk tolerance.

The authors understand that these have been really challenging times for families and that it has been very hard for people to remain physically distanced from their loved ones during the pandemic. Many people are starting to question when it may be okay to have grandparents visit their grandchildren or to travel themselves to visit family members. While social distancing and isolation are crucial to controlling the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we recognize that mental health and family relationships are also critical during this strange “new normal.”

Evaluate your risk factors and risk tolerance

There is no single answer, but here are some things to consider when evaluating your family’s risk factors and risk tolerance. Do the grandparents have high-risk medical conditions? In general, the risk of getting very sick due to COVID-19 is higher in older people, but medical conditions such as lung disease, heart problems, and diabetes can place people at higher risk for a more serious infection. Consider how well each family member has been socially distancing – have any family members still been working outside the home on a regular basis? Some jobs may be riskier than others (for example, healthcare and grocery store workers) due to how many contacts they have with other (potentially sick) people. Read more

Racism has devastating effects on children’s health, pediatricians warn

William Wan a national reporter covering health, science, and news for The Washington Post wrote that the nation’s largest group of pediatricians warned this week that racism can have devastating long-term effects on children’s health.

policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics is the first it has issued to its members on the dangers of racism. Doctors involved in the report said the current political and cultural atmosphere makes the work more urgent.

“If you look at what’s in the news today, in social media, on Twitter, there are so many kids are exposed to,” said Jackie Douge, a pediatrician with the Howard County Health Department who co-wrote the statement. “As much as you want to keep it in the background, it’s not in the background. It’s having direct health effects on kids.”

Their report comes at a time when racism is dominating headlines, driven by racist tweets from President Trump, which have inspired chants at his rallies, and also by the rise of white nationalism.

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How racism harms children

, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing, writes that Racism hurts children, in real and fundamental ways. It hurts not just their health, but their chances for a good, successful life.
 That’s the bottom line message of a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It is a call to action for all of us. If we care about the health and future of all of our children, it says, we need to take real steps to end racism — and to help and support those who are affected by it.Racism informs our actions when we structure opportunities for and assign value to people based on our interpretation of how they look. Biologically we are truly just one race, sharing 99.9% of our genes no matter what the color of our skin or what part of the world we come from. But historically we have found ways to not just identify differences, but to oppress people because of them. Racism grew out of and helped rationalize colonization and slavery. Despite our biological sameness, people continue to look for differences — and claim superiority. While we have made historical progress, the beliefs and oppression that underpin racism persist; it is, as the AAP statement calls it, a “socially transmitted disease.”

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Make the most of your telehealth visit

The National Institute on Aging shared that many doctor’s offices are switching to telehealth appointments because of coronavirus concerns. Telehealth appointments may take place over the phone or via a video conferencing service. Here are some tips to make the most out of these appointments:

  • Make a list of your concerns and prioritize them. Talk about the most important points first—don’t put off what’s really on your mind! If you don’t get through all of your concerns, you may need to ask to schedule a follow-up appointment.
  • Minimize technical difficulties. Ask a friend or family member to help you download any apps and test your microphone and camera to make sure they are working. Make sure your speakers are up loud enough for you to hear well.
  • Keep your doctor up to date. Let them know about any hospital or specialist visits you’ve had since your last visit. Also mention any changes you’ve noticed in your appetite, weight, sleep or energy levels.

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