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The Baby Tribe podcast is dedicated to providing parents and caregivers with the latest information and expert advice on baby health and nutrition. From prenatal care to feeding and nutrition, this podcast will cover all the important topics to ensure your little one gets off to the best start in life. Hosted by Katie Mugan, a paediatric nurse and lactation consultant, and Afif EL-Khuffash, a neonatologist, paediatrician and lactation consultant. Katie from nursingmama.ie, and Afif who works in the Rotunda Hospital have over 40 years of newborn care experience between them. They're not bad podcasters either! We will share our knowledge and insights on everything from breastfeeding and formula feeding, to introducing solid foods, and dealing with common health concerns. We will have regular guests on this podcast to share their expertise and experiences on various topics of interest. We'll also hear from real parents sharing their personal experiences and tips for raising healthy and happy babies.Whether you're expecting your first child or have a little one already, this podcast is for you. Tune in each week for valuable information and practical advice to help your baby grow strong and healthy. Please be sure to subscribe to our podcast, and follow us on Instagram! Thanks for joining us, and let's get started on this exciting journey together!

The Baby Tribe Katie Mugan & Afif EL-Khuffash

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

The Baby Tribe podcast is dedicated to providing parents and caregivers with the latest information and expert advice on baby health and nutrition. From prenatal care to feeding and nutrition, this podcast will cover all the important topics to ensure your little one gets off to the best start in life. Hosted by Katie Mugan, a paediatric nurse and lactation consultant, and Afif EL-Khuffash, a neonatologist, paediatrician and lactation consultant. Katie from nursingmama.ie, and Afif who works in the Rotunda Hospital have over 40 years of newborn care experience between them. They're not bad podcasters either! We will share our knowledge and insights on everything from breastfeeding and formula feeding, to introducing solid foods, and dealing with common health concerns. We will have regular guests on this podcast to share their expertise and experiences on various topics of interest. We'll also hear from real parents sharing their personal experiences and tips for raising healthy and happy babies.Whether you're expecting your first child or have a little one already, this podcast is for you. Tune in each week for valuable information and practical advice to help your baby grow strong and healthy. Please be sure to subscribe to our podcast, and follow us on Instagram! Thanks for joining us, and let's get started on this exciting journey together!

    Guiding Your Child's Relationship with Food: From Picky Eating to Eating Disorders

    Guiding Your Child's Relationship with Food: From Picky Eating to Eating Disorders

    In this episode, Dr. Orla Walsh and the hosts delve into the world of children's eating habits. They explore the common issue of picky eating, sharing personal anecdotes and tips for encouraging diverse diets without pressure. They highlight the importance of patience, small portions, and involving kids in meal prep to cultivate adventurous eaters. The discussion shifts to the challenges faced by Generation Z, including the impact of social media, the pandemic, and societal pressures on eating disorders. Strategies for recognizing and addressing these disorders are provided, along with insights on the rising rates of obesity among youth and the influence of genetics, socioeconomic factors, and the environment.
     Dr. Orla Walsh is an Adolescent Medicine and General Paediatrician in Children’s Health Ireland at Temple Street and Connolly. She is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer with RCSI and an Assistant Clinical Professor in Women& Children & Health with UCD. She completed a 2 year Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and then worked as an Adolescent Medicine Paediatrician and developed an Academic Division of Adolescent Medicine at North York General Hospital, and as Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto.
     Since returning to Ireland she has contributed to the recently launched National Guidance Document on the Management of Anorexia Nervosa in Paediatric Patients, and hopefully soon to be launched National Framework on the Transition of Care from Paediatric to Adult Services. She currently works half time as an Adolescent Medicine Paediatrician within General Paediatrics in CHI where she runs a weekly adolescent clinic and provides an inpatient consult service. The other half of her job is developing and delivering the new service for adolescents with complex obesity in CHI, including the establishment of a transition pathway to adult services.
     
    Resources mentioned in the show:
    Bodywhys | The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland
    Bodywhys | Free Pilar Programme for Families
    Bodywhys | Free Resource - A Guide for Families
    Healthy eating for families - HSE.ie
    https://www2.hse.ie/babies-children/weaning-eating/nutrition-child/healthy-eating/
    https://w82go.ie
    https://childhoodobesity.ie/resources/
    https://www.safefood.net
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    • 48 min
    Empowering the Next Generation in the Digital Playground with Dr Nicola Fox Hamilton

    Empowering the Next Generation in the Digital Playground with Dr Nicola Fox Hamilton

    Ever felt like you needed a translator to understand what your teen is saying? Well, today's digital terrain is no less perplexing, which is why we've got a cyber psychologist, Dr Nicola Fox Hamilton, on board to steer us through the maze of gaming, social media, and screen time. We're cracking the code on those baffling acronyms and emojis, while also laying down some serious groundwork on how to parent amidst pings, posts, and pixels. 
    Navigating the waters of modern teenage communication requires more than just a sturdy ship; it requires a map, a compass, and a savvy understanding of the currents that is social media and gaming. We're tackling the tough questions on cyberbullying, the real effects of screen time, and the delightful positives of gaming. Discover how to foster open dialogue about the digital world with your children and why your involvement is more crucial than ever. 
    As we wind down this digital odyssey, our expert guest imparts wisdom on guiding kids safely through online communities and the social media landscape, from crafting a positive digital footprint to understanding the nuanced impact of active versus passive screen engagement. For those of us with a controller or smartphone always within reach, this episode is a treasure trove of strategies, insights, and heart-to-heart advice that assures you're not sailing these high-tech seas solo.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    From Firstborn Jitters to Paediatric Heart Health: A Parenting Journey with Professor Orla Franklin

    From Firstborn Jitters to Paediatric Heart Health: A Parenting Journey with Professor Orla Franklin

    As parents, we all start out with a playbook that seems destined for revision. During this episode, we can't help but chuckle over the transformations we've seen in ourselves—from the meticulous planners fretting over every sniffle our firstborns encountered, to the more assured, adaptable guardians of our later children. Our discussion traverses this relatable metamorphosis, offering support and shared laughter to those in the midst of their own parenting odyssey.
    Navigating the healthcare system can be as perplexing as deciphering toddler babble, but fear not! We've got you covered. We unfold the tapestry of public health nursing and paediatric care options, equipping you with the know-how to document symptoms and advocate for your child effectively. Our exploration into a recent Irish study sheds new light on the infant microbiome and allergies, busting myths and putting parents' minds at ease about what truly affects their child's health.
    Joining the conversation, a special guest paediatric cardiologist Professor Orla Franklin —who through determination and heart (pun intended)—recounts her inspiring ascent to becoming a paediatric cardiologist. Her stories from the corridors of prestigious hospitals to the realities of healthcare in Ireland not only captivate but also raise awareness about the importance of early intervention in children's cardiovascular health and the societal factors influencing our youngest hearts. Together, we celebrate the strides made in paediatric cardiology and emphasize the power of community in shaping the wellbeing of our children.
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    • 1 hr
    Embracing the Touch of Love: The Magic of Baby Massage

    Embracing the Touch of Love: The Magic of Baby Massage

    Discover the transformative power of touch and the emotional rollercoaster of parenting as we take you through the highs and lows of raising little ones. Our conversation brings laughter and empathy to your parenting journey, whether you're navigating the NICU or just trying to get an apology out of a toddler. We share how the simplest gestures, like the hand hugs and bonding squares in the neonatal ward, can forge unbreakable bonds and significantly improve health outcomes for both babies and parents.
     Join us as we unravel the mysteries of ear cleaning, debunk feeding myths, and reveal the unexpected benefits of parent-led baby massage. We promise to equip you with knowledge that will not only deepen your connection with your child but may also offer relief for the likes of colic and sleepless nights.
     Our guest, Paediatric & neonatal nurse Karen Prunty from Little Roo Village (Instagram: @little_roo_village), brings her expertise on baby massage to the table, underscoring the value of this nurturing practice for infant well-being and parental mental health. Through engaging stories and professional insights, we celebrate the nuances of family life and the indomitable spirit of parenthood.
     Wrap up your day with a podcast episode that applauds the resilience of single mothers, champions the role of empathy in neonatal care, and recognizes the importance of community in the parenting adventure. As we share anecdotes and professional experiences, we aim to support and empower you, the listener, on your path to becoming a confident and connected caregiver. So, settle in and prepare to be touched, quite literally, by the stories and strategies that make parenting the most rewarding challenge you'll ever face.
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    • 59 min
    Understanding Preterm Birth Long=Term Outcomes in Health and Education with Dr Kara Goss

    Understanding Preterm Birth Long=Term Outcomes in Health and Education with Dr Kara Goss

    Unlock the mysteries of preterm birth and its lifelong impact on health with our latest Baby Tribe podcast episode. We're joined by an expert in adult respiratory and intensive care, who brings a wealth of paediatric knowledge to the table, and together we offer a beacon of hope to parents of preterm infants. From the laugh-inducing tales of my car's 'romance mode' to a discussion on the minimal academic differences between preterm and full-term children, this episode is a rich tapestry of humour and wisdom that promises to leave you with a profound understanding of the resilience of the human spirit.
    Embark on a journey through the academic world as we break down Z-scores and their implications for understanding classroom age diversity. We unravel a comprehensive study on nearly 800,000 children's performance in language and mathematics, revealing the promising future that awaits preterm babies in their educational pursuits. The episode further welcomes the brilliant Dr. Kara Goss, who shares her captivating narrative from childhood curiosity about medicine to her groundbreaking research on the cardiovascular and pulmonary effects of premature birth. Her insights are a testament to a career built on passion and dedication to improving lives.
    As we explore the health trajectories of those born prematurely, we marvel at the incredible recovery and growth potential that unfolds into adulthood. The episode highlights the significance of a nourishing lifestyle, particularly for heart and lung development, and celebrates the collaborative efforts within the medical community aiming to optimize care for this unique population. Join us as we share uplifting stories of former preemies, their personal triumphs, and the academic success of our lab trainees, all while fostering a deeper appreciation for the journey of preterm infants. This is an episode filled with laughter, learning, and a touch of the extraordinary—don't miss it.
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    • 55 min
    Parenting Insights into Child Emotions and Autism with Dr Rebecca Quin

    Parenting Insights into Child Emotions and Autism with Dr Rebecca Quin

    Some misconceptions about parenting and child development need to be put to rest. That's precisely what Katie and I tackle head-on in our latest Baby Tribe podcast episode. We zero in on one tenacious falsehood: the supposed link between vaccines and autism. We demystify the science and underscore the dangers of such misinformation, including the resurgence of preventable diseases like measles. But our chat isn't all serious business; we weave in light-hearted tales of forgetfulness and the mayhem of temper tantrums, reassuring parents that these are normal markers of growing up, not red flags of concern.
     We interview Clinical Psychologist Dr Rebecca Quin where we navigate the multifaceted landscape of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), we engage in a candid conversation about the genetic and environmental factors influencing ASD development. The discussion blossoms as we emphasize the diverse expressions of ASD and the critical nature of personalized support strategies. Visual aids, occupational therapy, and debunking common misconceptions about ASD's causes are just a few gems we unearth. Parents will find solace and empowerment in our reflections on the potential for children with ASD, showcasing the transformative impact of the right support and early intervention.
     Wrapping up, we don't just leave you with knowledge; we offer a toolkit for handling the wild ride of child emotions, especially the bewildering world of tantrums and meltdowns. Dr Quin helps differentiate between the two, providing a glimpse into effective strategies for fostering emotional intelligence in your little ones. So, as you tune in, remember: you're part of a community that's growing stronger, wiser, and more connected with every episode. Join us as we continue to guide you through the beautiful chaos of parenting, ensuring your journey is filled with support and smiles—and, of course, a few less myths.
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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
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2 Ratings

Courben ,

A super valuable podcast.

As a physician i find this podcast to be outstanding. It provides easy to understand evidence based advice for parents, but it also offers great insight for us docs too especially when it comes to transition of babies to the home environment. Great job !!

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