- lightweight material
- a pack that's proportional to your child's size
- wide, padded shoulder straps
- a padded back
- a waist belt, which can help distribute the weight more easily
- multiple compartments for organizing stuff
Lee Beerman, MD
Specialty: Pediatric Cardiology
Location and Office HoursChildren's Hospital of Pittsburgh Heart Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
- monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- Keystone Health Plan West (Highmark BC/BS)
- Unison/Three Rivers Health Plans/MedPLUS+
- Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
- Dubois Regional Medical Center West
- Hamot Medical Center
- Latrobe Hospital
- Magee-Womens Hospital
- Medical Center of Beaver
- UPMC Presbyterian
How do I choose a backpack for my child?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answeredYou should choose a backpack for your child that will not hurt her back and will help her stay organized. Some specific things to look for when choosing a child's backpack:
How can I help my child to not be afraid of the doctor?
Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, Pediatrics, answered
Make going to the doctor’s office fun! If you have fun, your kids will sense it and enjoy themselves too. Role-play at home to prepare your kids for a checkup or even take them with you to your doctor’s appointment or to an older sibling’s appointment so they can be comfortable with the surroundings.
Play doctor kits are a great way to help your children feel comfortable with the equipment and exam. You can also use it to teach body parts to your children. “Do you have ears? Where are they? Let’s take a peek inside.” A special reward or treat after the visit is a nice tradition.
While you’re at the appointment, relax. Children sense your own stress and anxiety. Don’t lie to your children and tell them it won’t hurt. Instead explain to them that the shot will help keep them from getting sick. Let them know it will be a quick pinch, but then it’s over. If you are strong and relaxed, they will be, too.
Again, always try your best to make it a fun experience. If your children are comfortable with their doctor and the office from regular well child visits, sick visits will be easier for them to deal with later on.
Don’t forget a book or toy and snack, since you never know how long you might be out.
Your child shouldn’t be any more fearful of a doctor than of any other new friend or family member who enters their life. Remember that your child learns responses from you and listens to how you respond to your own doctor and visits. So be positive and make it fun.
If your child has a favorite toy, blanket or other comfort item, bring that too. Most pediatricians will happily examine a stuffed animal first before examining your child.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Why is watching too much TV unhealthy for kids?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredWe don't believe that TV is bad per se. But for kids, spending too much time in front of the TV (or later, playing video/digital games) isn't all that healthy. For one, while they're watching, they aren't engaged in healthy activities like socializing, reading, exploring, playing, and running around outside. Plus, kids tend to model behavior they see on TV that you don't necessarily agree with. And that's not even mentioning the violence, sex, and fast-food commercials they'll be exposed to (on average, 15 food commercials a day!).
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