Constipation, Bedwetting and Urinary Tract Infections

UrologyNewsletter.Cover.2016UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital has an excellent information for parents developed by the department of urology. Its UrologyNewsletter.2016 provides information about childhood constipation, urinary tract infections and bedwetting. The booklet is 20 pages long, and you’ll find a table of contents on page 2 of the pdf.

Topics include:

Stool retention (constipation) and urologic problems: page 3

Bladder dysfunction: page 7

Urinary tract infection and vesicureteral reflux (VUR): page 10

Bedwetting: page 12

Urologic tests: page 15

Resources for parents: page 16

Poop chart: page 19

 

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Blood Drawing for Children

Children’s Oakland/UCSF offers pediatric blood draw at their Shadelands location.

As always, check to make sure this location is a covered benefit with your health insurance.

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Teething Gives Babies Teeth

Baby ToothNew research confirms that symptoms like fever, a runny nose and diarrhea are not caused by teething.

Teething can make babies cranky, rub their gums and drool.

Think about when you lost teeth in grade school–did you have a fever or diarrhea? How about those times when the tooth fairy came? Were you sick every time?

The only thing that teething gives you is teeth.

Read about the study published in Pediatrics February 2016 here.

For more information on baby’s first tooth and teething research, check out this post.

 

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Fueling Your Workout

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After school practice? Make sure to fuel up at lunch with lean protein and complex carbohydrates. This gives the body time to digest the meal and prime muscles for a work out. After school, have something light and hydrate.

Find good ideas for the pre-practice refuel in Fuel_Your_Workout.

 

 

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Snacks

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What’s a snack?

The definition is like best says,

A snack is less than 100 calories, contains no added sugar, is low in fat and has less than 500 milligrams of salt.

This rules out the things sold as so-called snacks: chips, cookies, processed bars and even flavored yogurt.

Fruits and vegetables make great snacks. Read more here for the link to the Center for Science in the Public Interest with snack ideas and their Pinterest feed.

Kids should have breakfast, lunch and dinner. Something healthy can be offered mid-morning and/or after school. Foods fed at those times shouldn’t be more attractive than the regular meal or kids will eat enough to get by and not eat what’s being served at the regular meals.

Parents should define what’s allowed between meals. One strategy is to limit the list of approved self-serve items to foods that a hungry kid would eat but a bored kid might pass up. Apples and pears and baby carrots work well. Read more about this approach here.

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Spring Break

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Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics for a great spring vacation are here.

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Constipation and Bedwetting

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If your child has struggled with hard stools and constipation or wetting accidents during the day or night, check out this book with explanations and home strategies.

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Zika Virus

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The CDC has issued travel advisories for couples planning on starting or adding to their families and for pregnant women. The Zika virus has been linked to infections and birth defects. Women who are pregnant or may be pregnant should take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites when traveling in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central American and South America.

From the CDC: Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

More information and updates are here.

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Student Volunteer Work with ReSurge

ReSurgeDr. Asta is looking to collaborate with a high school or college student to develop a booklet to be used with families and patients undergoing reconstructive surgery at ReSurge partner sites world-wide.

You should be skilled in InDesign or comparable program and be comfortable working with the before and after photographs of patients. The booklet will be in PDF form for physicians and staff to use in print and on tablets during our overseas trips.

Please contact Dr. Lisa Asta with your questions or interest. Email contact@cvpediatrics.com or call the office (925)939-7334. For information about ReSurge , based in Sunnyvale, CA, and our work, visit www.resurge.org This is a volunteer position.

 

 

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Better Breakfast

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Looking to move the morning offerings at your house in a healthier direction?

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has lots on information.

They rate various breakfast options here.

There’s also information about better breakfast_cereal and hot_cereal too.

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