Infographic: Crib Safety

Posted by Christine Skiffington on Aug 29, 2016 1:39:13 PM

Babies falling out of their cribs account for 66 percent of crib injuries—but that’s not the only thing to worry about. Provide a safe place for your baby to sleep by following these simple tips:

  • Avoid blankets and pillows
  • Keep toys and stuffed animals away from the crib
  • No crib tents
  • Never use drop-down sides
  • A firm mattress is a must
  • Maintain at least 26 inches between the mattress and the crib rail

When your child reaches 35 inches tall, it’s time for a new bed.

Check out this handy infographic for details:

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Topics: Pediatrics

Answers to Your Questions About Plastic Surgery

Posted by Perspectives on Aug 26, 2016 2:22:37 PM

On Thursday, September 29, 2016, Jared Liebman, MD, who specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery, will field your questions in an online chat. The chat will take place right here at 4 p.m. Eastern time. 

Dr. Liebman performs a wide range of plastic and reconstructive procedures, including breast reconstruction, facial reconstruction, eyelid rejuvenation, brow lifts, liposuction, and scar revision. He has a special interest in aesthetic body contouring and fat transfer procedures.

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Topics: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Why It’s Good to Let Go as Kids Grow

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Aug 26, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Parents go through many transitions along with their kids, from the first day of preschool to college graduation and beyond. Very often, each new stage is just as hard on parents as it is on kids – and often it’s even tougher.

Many people’s sense of identity and self-worth comes from their roles as parents. This can make it especially hard to let go and give kids the independence they need to turn into full-functioning adults.

One study found when parents hover, kids can be more vulnerable, anxious and close-minded than kids who are given more freedom and responsibility. Other research shows that kids with overly involved parents may be less engaged in the classroom and have lower self-esteem. They are also more likely to get involved in high-risk behaviors, such as binge drinking.

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Topics: Pediatrics

Why Kids Need to Eat Breakfast

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Aug 25, 2016 1:03:19 PM

As you’ve probably heard, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The food your kids eat in the morning is used to refuel their bodies after a night of sleep and sets the stage to keep them going throughout the day.

Why is it so important to make sure that your kids eat breakfast? Research shows that kids who eat breakfast:

  • Are less likely to feel tired and irritable.
  • Are more likely to eat healthier and consume fewer calories throughout the day.
  • Are more likely to participate in physical activity.
  • May have better attention spans, as well as improved memory and concentration
  • Can have improved overall academic performance and success in school.
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Topics: Nutrition

Here's How to Make Your Own Healthy Peach Iced Tea

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Aug 22, 2016 11:04:53 AM

This summer, instead of loading up on sugar-filled sodas, try some low-calorie drinks. This heart-healthy, gluten-free homemade iced tea is a perfect healthy drink for your next backyard party.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups cold water
  • 6 English breakfast tea bags
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large lemon, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 piece (2 inches) fresh ginger, peeled and minced fine or squeezed for ginger juice
  • 1 bunch fresh mint, washed
  • 1 ripe peach, pitted and sliced
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Topics: Recipes, Nutrition

Help Your Young Athlete Avoid Sports Injuries

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Aug 18, 2016 11:33:24 AM

Going straight from lazy summer days at the pool to playing fields in the fall can be a recipe for injury—whether your child is a recreational league athlete or a high school standout. Each year, children under 15 are treated for 3.5 million sports-related injuries. However, many injuries can be prevented with a training program designed for a specific sport, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says.

Common Youth Sports Injuries

Sports injuries fall into two categories: acute and overuse. Acute injuries include bruises, fractures and sprains caused by bumps, twists and falls. Overuse injuries happen when a bone or joint is repeatedly stressed without giving the body enough time to heal. Examples include stress fractures, tendonitis and shin splints.

Young athletes are vulnerable to overuse injuries because their bones are immature and they lack experience, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. A common example is “Little League elbow”—damage to the elbow joint from throwing too much with bad technique.

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Topics: Sports Medicine

Infographic: New Car Seat Guidelines

Posted by Christine Skiffington on Aug 17, 2016 3:45:03 PM

There's a new law in Pennsylvania designed to ensure a safer ride for children.

All children must remain in a rear-facing car seat until they are 2 years old, or exceed the maximum height and weight limit. At that point, a forward-facing car seat is required until the child exceeds the height and weight limits. (Note: Do not place a child who is older than 2 in a forward-facing seat until he or she has reached the car seat manufacturer's maximum height and weight limits for a rear-facing seat.)

After children have outgrown their car seat, they are required to sit in a forward-facing booster seat until they are 4 feet, 9 inches tall.

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Topics: Health and Safety

For MossRehab's Alberto Esquenazi, STEM Is a Part of Everyday Living

Posted by Jeff Meade on Aug 15, 2016 1:53:52 PM

Alberto Esquenazi, MD, chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at MossRehab, always knew he wanted to go into medicine. Growing up in Mexico, he says, the school system helped him prepare for his future vocation—indeed, his passion—with a thorough grounding in the sciences.

“In Mexico, very early in high school you have to choose a path,” Dr. Esquenazi says. “You are encouraged to make a selection, and then your curriculum will reflect that choice. I knew I wanted to go into medicine, so I got into the track for the sciences. There was still a core curriculum, but I was heavily benefited by receiving math, physics and biology classes.”

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Topics: STEM

Auxiliary-Sponsored Paper Crane Mobile Takes Flight in Einstein Cafeteria

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Aug 11, 2016 1:33:18 PM

Members of the Auxiliary of Einstein Healthcare Network, with the crane mobile

If you have visited the cafeteria at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, you might have wondered about the mobile hanging in the center of the seating section. You’re looking at a colorful flight of 1,000 paper cranes, crafted by students in the Origami Club at Central High School. The cranes represent the students’ wish for recovery and good health.

Inspired by the tale of young Hiroshima atom bomb victim Sadako Sasaki, the students partnered with the Auxiliary of Einstein Healthcare Network to create the mobile as a service project.

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Topics: Auxiliary of the Einstein Healthcare Network

What You Might Not Expect When You’re Expecting

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Aug 10, 2016 11:03:06 AM

Pregnancy is a time of excitement and joy for most women. It’s also a period of great physical, mental and emotional upheaval, which is why doctors have cautioned women for years about the dangers of postpartum depression.

Now, an increasing number of Ob/Gyns are advising pregnant women to be on the lookout for similar symptoms before the baby comes.

“Most new moms are vigilant about looking for postpartum depression, but not as many watch for antepartum depression, which is a mood disorder that occurs during pregnancy,” says David Jaspan, DO, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Einstein Healthcare Network. “Fortunately, we’re starting to better understand, diagnose and raise awareness about it.”

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Topics: Obstetrics and Gynecology

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