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Did you know that 1 in 5 children experience signs of mental illness each year? That is a lot of children! Many parents are not as attuned to their children’s mental health though and may miss mental health issues in their kids.
When parents hear the term asthma, they are often fearful that their child will have a serious, life-long illness that may lead to frequent hospitalizations and long-term medication use. Most children with reactive airway disease (commonly referred to as asthma) are healthy children with recurrent coughing or wheezing episodes.
Virtual healthcare refers to virtual visits between a healthcare provider. The pandemic has highlighted that virtual care can provide reassurance and efficiency, while allowing families to remain in the safe comfort of their homes, while still accessing expert care. Satisfaction amongst patients is high.
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is red, inflamed, and dry skin. Parents usually notice dry patches of skin that become irritated, itchy, and red. Eczema affects 10-20% of children and is the most common skin condition in children. Atopic dermatitis is especially troublesome during dry and cold weather.
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a common condition in babies and children. It causes the skin to become red, itchy, and inflamed. Approximately 10-20% of children have atopic dermatitis in their lifetime. There is no known cure for eczema, but there are many strategies you can take to improve your baby’s dry skin.
The Winter Season is usually a time of magic and joy for the whole family, not a time of sadness or anxiety and loss. This season we are in a challenging time for parents and kids around the world. Parents and kids are stressed, and many of us are feeling stuck at home, isolated and disconnected.
Digital technology has changed how patients receive care, from how illnesses are managed, routine visits are provided and how children receive care for mental health, developmental and behavioural concerns.
Mental health in kids is so important to monitor carefully. From the time they arrive, we cannot help but compare our children – how much does he weigh? How much does she sleep? How well does he eat? Is she saying much yet? If your child’s behaviour seems different from their peers, are you wondering “is there something wrong with my child?.”
I have been quite open about my concern for the asymptomatic spread of COVID-19. I have seen many patients and family members get COVID, despite no confirmed case exposure. I suspected a ton of asymptomatic spread. I have gone so far as to say I think 70-80% of COVID infected individuals are asymptomatic, and I still believe this to be true.
Did you know that 1 in 5 children in Ontario struggles with mental health issues? Overall, more than 70% of adults who struggle with mental health concerns began to have difficulty in childhood. Early intervention and access to mental health resources during childhood has the potential to change the trajectory of a child’s health and wellness.
Ingrown fingernails occur when the nail grows into the layer of skin around it. If the nail appears to be pushing into the skin or curving downward, it may be an ingrown nail. Nails that ingrow can lead to ingrown fingernail swelling and pain. If they persist, they can lead to an ingrown fingernail infection.
The short version is it will likely take several months before a vaccine is approved for use in kids. The COVID-19 vaccines were created and tested in record speed, a huge scientific leap with tons of collaboration around the world.
Part 10 – COVID Mutations Here! Illness vs Infection, what does that mean? And my most asked question: When will my child receive the COVID-19 vaccine? Lots to talk about this week in my weekly newsletter.
The holidays are usually a time of magic and joy for the whole family, not a time of strife and anxiety and loss. We will need to find new ways to bring holiday cheer this year, but don’t despair – I have you covered!
TIP 1: Make your life as easy as possible! With a week left before the kiddies are off school for the winter break, moms everywhere are making their lists and checking them twice. Here are my tips to make everything less stressful as we head into the holidays.
Part 9 – COVID Vaccines Are Here! WOW! .. but not so fast. I am hearing far too many people tell me, ‘Dr. Dina, the vaccine is coming, I am so eager to get rid of my mask and go to parties again.’ I am sorry, but there is a long way to go before we get there.
Part 8 – The COVID-19 pandemic continues. Yes, vaccines are near, but there’s a movement that says, ‘a vaccine is here and will save us all, throw away masks and don’t bother with social distancing…’ This is scary to me. Very worrisome indeed. More inside.
Tips and strategies to redirect our worries so that the whole family can stay healthy this winter season, both physically and mentally! The “FACE COVID” acronym is a great reminder of practical strategies we can use to respond to our emotions effectively.