Posts tagged: Health + Wellness

  • Dr. Payal Adhikari On Delivery Rooms, Takeout Food & More Coronavirus Concerns

    Dr. Payal Adhikari On Delivery Rooms, Takeout Food & More Coronavirus Concerns
    Chicago-based pediatrician and mom Dr. Payal Adhikari (@mommypmd) addresses more of your coronavirus (COVID-19) questions and concerns. Below she addresses questions on multiple topics, from pregnancy and deliveries to ordering takeout.As things continue to evolve daily, Dr. Payal’s favorite websites for accurate information are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Read on to discover her helpful tips and be sure to tune into Monica + Andy’s Instagram live story every Monday and Thursday at 12on...

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  • Dr. Payal Adhikari On Family Visits, Prenatal Appointments & More Coronavirus Concerns

    Dr. Payal Adhikari On Family Visits, Prenatal Appointments & More Coronavirus Concerns
    Chicago-based pediatrician and mom Dr. Payal Adhikari addresses more of your coronavirus (COVID-19) questions and concerns. One of her biggest pieces of advice is keeping in mind how important it is to sacrifice things like family visits and unnecessary socializing now to benefit everyone in the long run. As things continue to evolve daily, Dr. Payal’s favorite websites for accurate information are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Read on to discover her helpful tips...

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  • Our Pediatrician Answers Your Top COVID-19 Questions

    Our Pediatrician Answers Your Top COVID-19 Questions
    Chicago-based pediatrician and mom Dr. Payal Adhikari weighs in on all things coronavirus, from entertaining kiddos at home to knowing when to visit your doctor. Read on to discover her helpful tips and be sure to tune into Monica + Andy’s Instagram live story every Monday and Thursday at 12on CST as Dr. Payal Adhikari will be back to answer your questions live and share her perspective on COVID-19 updates. *Recorded via IGTV on March 19, 2020. Please note facts and recommendations are evolving daily. Background on Coronvirus (COVID-19) It’s...

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  • Should You Play Music for Your Baby in Utero?

    Should You Play Music for Your Baby in Utero?
    You're touching your belly around the clock, your partner is cooing in your baby's general direction, and family members (and, let's be honest, perfect strangers) are asking to feel your little one kick. But have you tried playing your babe music?Exposing an unborn baby to a variety of sounds isn't exactly a new idea (see: this product, which allows you to place headphones directly on your bump for Baby's listening pleasure) — but it there any benefit to it? We caught up with ob-gyn Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, director...

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  • Coping With Infertility: 5 Things a Reproductive Psychiatrist Wants You to Know

    Coping With Infertility: 5 Things a Reproductive Psychiatrist Wants You to Know
    By reproductive psychiatrist Carly Snyder, MD, Director of Women's Health, Family Health Associates in NYC, as told to Kristen Dold. Yes, you’re surrounded by babies. But a lot of them took work. When you’re waiting for a baby, it’s hard to walk down the street without noticing every single mom and tot that strolls by. And while the assumption is often ‘she’s so lucky, it was probably so easy’ the truth is this: it probably wasn’t. Conception truly is a miracle. It may have taken her five minutes to get...

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  • 5 Things to Know About the 4-Month Sleep Regression

    5 Things to Know About the 4-Month Sleep Regression
    By Hadley Seward, Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Founder of Bonne Nuit BabyMost new parents have heard of the four-month sleep regression. Just when you thought you’re in the groove, everything gets crazy again: short naps, multiple overnight wake-ups… the list goes on.It’s true that sleep can get wonky around 16 weeks. Your baby’s body and brain are making huge developmental leaps, all of which coincide to disrupt sleep and leave us parents worried that we’ll never sleep again. And guess what? The changes to your baby’s sleep are here to...

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  • Heat, Mosquitos, Fireworks, and More: What to Know About Baby’s First 4th of July

    Heat, Mosquitos, Fireworks, and More: What to Know About Baby’s First 4th of July
    So the 4th might not be the most baby-friendly holiday (infants don’t really mix well with beer, sparklers, and sweltering temps) but it can still be lots of fun—so long as your bag is packed right. Check out what Payal Adhikari, MD, a pediatrician with Child & Adolescent Health Associates in Chicago, suggests for a safe and baby-happy celebration. Battle Pesky MosquitosAfter two months of age, the CDC and AAP say it’s safe to put mosquito repellant on your baby—and a really good idea if you’re in a place where...

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  • SPF + Babies: Everything You Need to Know, Plus the Safest Brands  

    SPF + Babies: Everything You Need to Know, Plus the Safest Brands  
    You’ve probably heard the stats: all it takes are a few bad sunburns in childhood to double a person’s chance of developing skin cancer. But what exactly is in the SPF we’re supposed to slather on our babes (that is, after six months), and which brands offer the safest, most effective ingredients? Read on before you hit the kiddie pool. Babies Under 6 Months: An umbrella, stroller canopy, and lightweight, long-sleeved clothing are your best bet for sun protection if you’ve got a little babe under six months. Doctors recommend...

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  • Can Sugar Really Make Your Kids Hyper?

    Can Sugar Really Make Your Kids Hyper?
    Bouncing off the walls. It’s pretty much the only way to describe the frenetic energy you might notice in your kiddo after the second, or third, slice of cake at a birthday party. But get this: studies show that there’s actually no link between sugar and hyperactivity in kids, says Chicago-based registered dietician Amanda Baker Lemein, MS, RD. Surprised? You're not alone—most parents assume extra sugar provides kids a quick dose of kooky, but a number of double blind, placebo-controlled studies (the best kind) done over the years haven’t found...

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  • The Real Reason Organic Matters to Your Baby

    The Real Reason Organic Matters to Your Baby
    When you’re cruising the grocery store aisle for baby food, it’s almost harder today to find jars and pouches that aren’t organic. But when it comes to getting your little dressed? Totally different story. Loads of babies live in cotton—yet organic cotton makes up less than 1 percent of all cotton grown in the US (despite the boatload of info we’ve got about the benefits of shopping organic, especially for tiny babes.) While cotton sounds super gentle and safe, it’s actually a crop that—unless produced with organic farming—receives a ton...

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