Hello + welcome to this tiny space on the internet! I created this blog (+ changed the name twice since) 14 years ago as a creative outlet from my career in the emergency room as a PA. After spending the past 7 (or so) years on social media outlets, I have decided to delete all of the ones associated with this blog and get back to the heart of blogging.
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As parents, we often worry if our kids are getting their nutritional needs met, what supplements we should be giving them, and what to do about picky eating. We try to find the best multivitamin and sneak veggies into foods in hopes that we are helping our children be as healthy as possible. Wendy Hunter, MD is joining me to share some insight on some common questions and concerns parents have when it comes to nutrition and supplements for their children.
Wendy Hunter, MD was educated at Cornell University, UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine and attended UC San Diego for pediatrics residency. She spent 10 years experiencing the fun and drama in the pediatric emergency department at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Now as a primary care pediatrician she helps parents understand why their kids do the weird things they do and how to raise kids as cool as her own.
In today’s episode, we discuss if children really need to be taking a multivitamin and how to ensure they are getting the nutrition they need. We are also discussing the research on elderberry and other supplements, melatonin dosing for children, how to teach kids about eating a wide array of foods, and so much more.
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Questions answered in this podcast episode:
Do kids really need to have a multivitamin every day and or any type of supplementation?
Can you tell us the research that is behind or not behind elderberry?
When one child is sick and the others are not, do you suggest boosting with vitamin C either dietarily or by giving them a supplement of vitamin C through that period of prevention? Could it help even though they might get sick, but at least it will decrease the symptoms?
Have you heard that it can be hard to know the actual dosing with melatonin gummies? What do you suggest as far as if we should just be staying away from those?
How concerned do I need to be as a parent, if my child will only eat the same foods over and over again?
How worried do we actually need to be about our kids not eating veggies? Should we be sneaking them in somehow?
Does the way that we talk in front of our kids about food really matter?
As a pediatrician, how would you talk to your children about treats and or desserts?
As a parent, how can I be cognizant of things that my child might be doing or how they might be behaving that might lead me to think that they might have an eating disorder or have some sort of body image issues?
Do you have any suggestions on how social media might affect body image issues? If so, how would you address it?
In your practice, specifically, how do you address social media with parents with kids?
What are your supplement recommendations for constipation, broken down by age ranges?
What can we do for a child that is still bedwetting at night?