Me to my 2 1/2-year-old patient: “See you later alligator.”
Response: “I’m not an alligator!”
Me: “What are you then?”
“I’m just a bear, Dr. Kim.”
Glad to have cleared that up….
A firm believer that humor eases our stress in times of crisis, I wrote a previous post about my favorite moments in the virus-formerly-known-as-the-swine-flu epidemic (now pandemic). But they just keep coming. Here are several that hit my funnybone recently.
Are you finding some humor amidst the chaos and tragedy of this pandemic? If so, please share. We can all use a laugh in these trying times.
As the ad jingle goes, milk it does a body good. But many parents ask me if they should stop giving their sick child cow’s milk. Myth or truism? Here’s the lowdown.
It is true that milk may increase the thickness of mucous during a cold or other respiratory infection. It will not, however, worsen or prolong the illness itself. Avoiding dairy products during a respiratory illness may make your icky-feeling kid feel slightly less icky. But during any illness it is crucial that children drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated. If milk is the only thing your little one will drink during an illness, then give him milk! Continue reading
Rolling over, sitting, and walking are all important motor milestones in the life of an infant. And the exact timing of reaching these milestones vitally important… to the psyche of parents.
The mother of my four-month-old patient was ecstatic when she rolled over (all by herself!), and then devastated when she seemed uninterested in trying this new found skill again for nearly two months. She would sit by the crib pleading with her daughter: Roll over, honey, you can do it.
Every day in my pediatric practice I hear from parents who are worried about the rate that their child is developing motor skills. Parental worries come from watching friends’ children who are developing at different rates, or are triggered during a review of the prior generation’s baby books that detail how precocious other family members were. Continue reading