Every year, nurses who work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Renown Children’s Hospital plan and organize a reunion for families whose children spent time in the hospital at a young age. Nearly 200 “graduates” of the NICU – babies born into this world too early or too sick – gather to celebrate good health and happiness with the nurses who took care of them.
I highly recommend flu shots for ALL women during pregnancy. It is important you receive the injected vaccine, versus the live vaccine, which is a nasal spray, which can cause the flu to occur. Your immune system, during pregnancy, is fighting infections off for the baby, so it isn’t working as well for you; you might be very susceptible to infections during pregnancy.
Also, remember that you will also be able to pass the immunity onto your baby if you breastfeed, which will protect your baby from the flu as well.
It is also recommended that other people in your house get …
Vanessa Slots, MD, Renown Medical Group Pediatrics
Fall has arrived, which means it’s time for costumes, parties, tricks and treats! Below are a few tips to keep your family’s Halloween fun, safe and healthy.
- Ensure well fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision and tripping.
- Brightly colored costumes and adding reflective tape to costumes and treat bags will help your child be seen more easily by motorists.
- Make sure swords, knives, wands, etc. are short, soft, and flexible.
- An adult should accompany any child younger than 12.
- Encourage older children to trick-or-treat with a group. Discuss ground rules, agree on an established route and set a curfew for when they should …