Guest Blogger: Deanna Richmond, MD, South County Pediatrics, Webster, MA
As with many things in life, mom groups on social media have both an upside and a downside. On the positive side, these online communities are a great forum for moms to communicate with one another and get support on a wide range of everyday issues. Being a new or stay-at-home mom can be isolating so to virtually connect with a group of women who “get” you can be a real sanity-saver!
The downside, however, is that a lot of misinformation gets spread in these social media groups, especially when it comes to health matters. I say this not only as a pediatrician, but also as a mom and a member of several of these groups.
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Taking the time to become a well-informed health care user is a matter of self-protection. The benefits of being an active health care user include better health, more effective health care and lower health costs. A little time and patience are needed, but the peace of mind is worth it. Learn tips for getting the best value for your health care dollar.
Guest Blogger: Deanna Richmond, MD, Pediatrician, UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center South County Pediatrics
In a policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that unstructured play best nurtures brain development in infants and toddlers. The AAP discourages TV and even educational videos for this age group.
Even though parents can find a number of “educational” TV and video programs aimed at infants and toddlers, the AAP says no evidence backs up the claim that such programs help children learn better. Moreover, it says, youngsters who have extensive exposure to TV and videos are at risk for language development delays when they start school.
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Why do females sometimes stop having or miss their periods due to intense exercise such as running? Julia Johnson, MD, chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, talks about how estrogen levels are affected by exercise, what long-term loss of a period could mean as well as the effects on infertility. Watch this Health Watch segment to learn more.