Kids Considered™ is a UC Davis Children’s Hospital podcast, featuring two pediatricians who discuss child health topics of interest to parents in plain, non-medical language. New subjects are considered in every episode, discussing issues that apply from healthy pregnancy to birth to teen years. We have different styles of practice and viewpoints, but our goals are the same: we want to optimize children’s health and development, and help parents understand current recommendations and why policies are the way they are. We aim to provide accurate and timely information in an entertaining manner to increase the confidence of parents as they address the sometimes confusing parenting issues of our day. Although our podcast is aimed mainly for parents, pediatricians and other health care providers might find our discussions of interest. And children might want to get a behind the scenes look at what their parents are listening to.
In this podcast we review ankyloglossia, commonly known as tongue tie. This occurs when an individual is born with a tight band of tissue tethering the tongue to the base of the mouth. There is a lot of discussion surrounding how tongue ties can affect newborns and people as they grow. In this episode we review the evidence (which is limited), discuss the impacts tongue tie may have on breastfeeding and common procedures for releasing a tongue tie.
We would like to thank Dr. Adrienne Hoyt-Austin, pediatrician & breastfeeding researcher & certified lactation consultant reviewing this episode, although Drs Lena and Dean take responsibility for any errors or misinformation.
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine position statement on ankyloglossia
HealthyChildren.org- Tongue Tie
Photo from whattoexpect.com
In this podcast we talk about the most common cause of abnormal head shape in babies - positional or deformational plagiocephaly. Plagiocephaly is very common, with an estimated 20-40% of infants having a degree of plagiocephaly at some stage. We discuss how to differentiate plagiocephaly from other more serious causes of head shape differences. We review the common contributors to plagiocephaly, how to minimize risk (hint- more tummy time!) We also discuss the treatment options, including physical therapy and when a helmet may be indicated.
We would like to thank Dr. Serena Yang, Division Chief of General Pediatrics at UC Davis for reviewing this episode, although Drs Lena and Dean take responsibility for any errors or misinformation.
Positional Skull Deformities and Torticollis- Healthy Children
Baby Helmet Therapy: Parent FAQs - HealthyChildren.org
3 Tummy Time Activities to Try With Your Baby - HealthyChildren.org
Torticollis stretches- Seattle Childrens Hospital
Helmet therapy in infants with positional skull deformation: randomised controlled trial | The BMJ
Photo from ParentData.org
Relative Energy Deficiency In Sport (RED-S)
In this episode we are joined by Dr. Marcia Faustin, a UC Davis sports medicine physician and team doctor for the USA women's gymnastics team. We discuss the importance of nutrition in young athletes. We review some of the complications that can occur if athletes do not supply their active bodies with enough nutrients and calories- including a common entity called relative energy deficiency in sports, also known as RED-S. We talk about the signs of RED-S, the most common sports where athletes are affected, how it is evaluated and treated, and importantly how to prevent this from occurring in the first place.
Female Athlete Triad (for Teens) - Nemours KidsHealth
relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S)
United States Olympic Committee- Nutrition
Protein for the Teen Athlete - HealthyChildren.org
Photo from Colorado State- Food Smart
Pediatric Hearing Loss
Get ready to LISTEN closely because in this episode we are talking about pediatric hearing loss. We are joined by UC Davis pediatric otolaryngologist, Dr. Aditi Bhuskute who specialized in treatment for hearing loss and cochlear implantation. We review the complex anatomy of the ear and which structures are critical for hearing development and noise transmission. We review the importance of screening for hearing in newborns and at well-child visits. As well as talk about the most common types of hearing loss in kids and what strategies and procedures may be used to help a child who is deaf or hard of hearing.
HealthyChildren.org- Hearing Loss
HealthyChildren.org- Newborn Hearing Screen
UC Davis Cochlear Implant Program
Kids Considered- Noise episode
Photo from UCSF audiology
Tonsils and Adenoids- should they stay or should they go?
In this episode we are joined by pediatric otolaryngologist Dr. Erynne Faucett to discuss tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. We review the anatomy- why do we even have tonsils and adenoids? We discuss signs and symptoms of enlarged tonsils and adenoids, as well as review the indications for tonsil and adenoid removal and what to expect from the procedure and recovery process.
UC Davis- Pediatric Tonsil and adenoid pain management
UC Davis- Pediatric Tonsil and adenoid home care
Pediatrics in Review- Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
Healthy Children – the difference between a sore throat and tonsillitis
Healthy Children- sleep apnea detection
Photo from childrensWI.org
Stronger Starts - Episode 2
First 5 California’s- Stronger Starts campaign to educate families of young children on the harmful effects toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences (ACES). We discuss what ACES and toxic stress are and how these experiences can change our physiology and put us at risk for negative health outcomes. We talk about all the ways caregivers can show up for kids and reduce their risk for toxic stress- from singing & play to self-care – we can all work together to ensure all kids get a strong start.
We are joined by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, pediatrician and the former Surgeon General of California and Jackie Thu-Huong Wong, the Executive Director of First 5 California.
First 5 California - Stronger Starts Website
First 5 California Website
First 5 California- The Dragon Song
My Number Story
Dr. Buke-Harris TED Talk
HealthyChildren.org- Adverse Childhood Experiences
AAP.org- ACES and toxic stress
Photo from parentmap.com
Perfect for Parents
Great information that is easy to understand and informative for parents!
Great, easy to understand info
I like their coronavirus episodes and appreciate their updates, told from a doctor’s perspective but in easy to understand language. They have covered many parenting topics from discipline to screen time. Worth a listen.
Hosts sound like they are taking turns reading outlines of basic medical information that could be acquired from any medical website.
There are much better pediatric resources out there that provide more comprehensive and contextualized information.