George F. Jones, MD
Location and Office HoursRoyal Oak Pediatric Associates
590 Radio Hill
Marion, VA 24354
How will hospital staff help prevent surgical site infection in my child?
Intermountain Healthcare answeredEveryone (nurses, doctors, and other caregivers) who cares for your child will work to prevent surgical site infection by washing his or her hands before the procedure or surgery. A caregiver may use clippers to cut hair where the surgery will take place. Also, surgical staff wear special gowns, gloves, hair covers, and masks to keep the surgery area clean. The site of your child's surgery is cleaned with a special soap that kills germs and, possibly, your child will receive antibiotics before the surgery starts.
Can television be beneficial to children?
For children who are three or four years old, watching an hour or two of high-quality educational programming each day -- such as Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, and Sesame Street is perfectly fine. Research has even shown that watching educational programs can improve reading and math skills in preschoolers.
However, please don’t use this as an excuse to park your child in front of the TV for hours! Many parents do. It’s understandable, especially during a stressful day. I’ve been there. The TV is so close, and you don’t have to pay it $9 an hour to amuse your kids. However, any interaction your child has with another human being -- reading together, playing a board game or ball game, dressing up dolls, anything -- is almost always better for your child than watching TV.
From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
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How can I participate in my child's care if he has a chronic disease?
National Kidney Foundation answeredThere are a number of things you can do to actively participate in your child's care if he has a chronic disease:
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- Develop a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation with health professionals.
- Write out all the details of your medical history, including dates. This will make it easier for you each time you come in contact with a new doctor.
- Try to be with your child as much as possible during treatments and any hospitalization that might be necessary. If you cannot be there, arrange for someone else to be present, such as a grandparent, other relative or close family friend. And make sure a favorite book, stuffed animal or special blanket is taken along.
- If your child is not talking yet, it's a good idea to tape a note to his or her hospital bed or crib with helpful information for the staff, such as your child's favorite foods, special toys or blankets, and the preferred time and method of taking medicines.