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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.

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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.

    Head Lice- A Lousy Issue!

    Head Lice- A Lousy Issue!

    This week’s podcast reviews head lice, an extremely common and itchy pediatric condition! Head lice, or pediculus humanis capitis, can affect anyone and is not related to cleanliness or hair type. In this episode, we review the life cycle and transmission of lice. We talk about the most common treatments and how they are applied. We also review home remedies- mayonaise anyone? We discuss how no-nit policies for returning to school are not recommended nor needed to stop the transmission of lice. Listen to the full episode to learn more about head lice and the different available treatments! 

    This episode was written by Dr. Lena van der List,  Dr. Dean Blumberg and Abby Michalak. 

    Supplemental information

    Head Lice: What Parents Need to Know - HealthyChildren.org

    Head Lice | Pediatrics

    CDC - Head Lice Information for Schools

    How to Remove Head Lice with Cetaphil



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    HealthyChildren.org

    Cutting through the NOISE

    Cutting through the NOISE

    In today's podcast we review the topic of noise and the harmful effects of environmental sound exposure on developing ears. We review how to minimize potential damage from sound, picking appropriate headphones and toys. We discuss screening for hearing loss at routine well child visits and some easy tips to implement at home. 

    This episode was written by Dr. Dean Blumberg and Dr. Lena van der List.  We thank Dr. Jamie Funamura, a pediatric otolaryngologist at UC Davis Children’s Hospital for reviewing this episode. 

    Supplemental information




    Healthy Children How Noise Affects Children


    Healthy Children If I Can Hear It, It's Too Loud: Earbuds & Teen Hearing Loss


    World Health Organization Safe Listening Devices and Systems: WHO-ITU standard


    Healthy Children Tips to Preserve Your Child’s Hearing during the Holidays


    Sight & Hearing Association Annual Noisy Toys List


    Healthy Children Hearing Loss in Children






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    Teen Pregnancy, Abortion and Access to Care

    Teen Pregnancy, Abortion and Access to Care

    While teen pregnancies in the U.S. are reaching an all-time low, there are still approximately 750,000 teen pregnancies every year, with a majority being unplanned. In teen pregnancies, it is essential that women are made aware of all the options available to them. Options for an undesired or unsafe pregnancy may include having the baby, adoption, or terminating the pregnancy, also known as abortion. With new abortion restrictions making headlines recently in various states across the U.S., we review this important medical option and why availability to safe and timely abortions is crucial to the health and well-being of women and teens. Be sure to listen to the full episode to learn more about abortion. 

    Supplemental Information




    Healthy Children Help Pregnant Teens Know Their Options: AAP PolicyExplained


    Healthy Children Confidentiality for Teens Considering Abortion: AAP Policy Explained


    Plan C Abortion Pills: Frequently Asked Questions


    American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Abortion Care FAQs


    Infectious Diseases Society of America Reducing Access to Safe and Legal Abortion: Infectious Diseases and Health Equity Impacts





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    Preparing for college

    Preparing for college

    In today’s podcast, we review the college application process. When is the right time to start thinking about life after high school? What factors may influence a teen’s decision to attend college, community college or a trade school. We discuss the components involved in a college application, how to make your application stand out and how parents can support their children throughout this process. In addition, we will review a checklist of things to consider before your teen leaves home for the first time. 

    This episode was written by Dr. Lena van der List, Dr. Dean Blumberg and Neha Valluri.

    Supplemental information:

    Healthy Tips for the College Freshman - HealthyChildren.org

    Financial Planning for College - HealthyChildren.org

    Teen Sharp College Toolkit

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    Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding- What's New?

    Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding- What's New?

    Today’s episode is an evidence-based update regarding the new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2022  guidelines for safe sleep and breastfeeding. 

    Most parents know that the safest way for babies to sleep is on their back, alone in their crib with nothing else in the crib.  Practices that are known to be highest risk for sleep-related deaths include sleeping on a soft surface, sleeping with someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol, prematurity, and being less than 4 months of age. The new recommendations expand to include avoiding inclined sleep surfaces and recommend avoiding hats, weighted sleep sacks, and wearable monitoring devices. 

    The AAP has also changed their guidelines to highlight the benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby for up to 2 years or as long as mutually desired. The update provided on breastfeeding is aimed at helping to gain support from employers and medical providers, as well as working to eliminate disparities in breastfeeding. 

    Listen to today’s episode for the complete update and more information on safe sleeping practices and breastfeeding guidelines. 

    This episode was written by Dr. Lena van der List,  Dr. Dean Blumberg and Abby Michalak 

    We would like to thank Dr. Adrienne Hoyt-Austin, pediatrician, lactation consultant and breastfeeding medicine researcher at UC Davis Children's hospital for reviewing this episode. 

    Supplemental information:

    2022 AAP sleep guidelines

    2022 AAP breastfeeding & use of human milk guidelines

    How to Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe: AAP Policy Explained - HealthyChildren.org

    Breastfeeding: AAP Policy Explained - HealthyChildren.org



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    Monkeypox Madness

    Monkeypox Madness

    In this episode we discuss the ongoing Monkeypox virus outbreak. We review how it originated, how the virus is transmitted and discuss if it's something we have to worry about as pediatricians and parents. We review common rash mimics in kids- and what differentiates these rashes from Monkeypox. In addition, we discuss ways to prevent and treat the virus. 

    This episode was written by Dr. Dean Blumberg  and Dr. Lena van der List 

    Supplemental information




    What is monkeypox? - HealthyChildren.org


    Monkeypox | Poxvirus | CDC


    Monkeypox- WHO


    Monkeypox- American Academy of Pediatrics






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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

momzergo ,

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.

JerryP2468123 ,

Great tips for parents.

Nice quick and informative episodes. Also probably the best coronavirus analysis around.

SandalsEsq ,

Short & Sweet

As a father, this is a great podcast to listen to and get some quick insight on childhood/teenage issues. I look forward to future episodes.

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