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Discussing Tamiflu’s Safety with Motherly

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report reported a total of 84 pediatric deaths this flu season.

Tamiflu is still the best bet for treating the flu-positive patients. With no other treatment otherwise, Tamiflu is used to lessen the duration and severity of the flu, as well as a preventative treatment.

PCCSF’s Dr. Allan Greissman spoke with Motherly and shared details on the medication’s safety.

This year’s flu season is already the worst North America has endured in a decade—which is, of course, a concern for parents of young children, who are more likely to experience serious complications from the illness.

If you or your children are struck by the flu, your health care provider is likely to write up a prescription for Tamiflu: If taken within 48 hours of symptom appearance, the antiviral drug may lessen the duration and severity of the flu. This application is recommended by both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for use in infants as young as 2 weeks old.

It is also approved for preventative treatment, meaning it may help other members in the household avoid the flu if a member of the family has already been diagnosed with the illness.

For parents of young children or those at higher risk for flu complications, this makes Tamiflu a particularly good option, says Allan Greissman, MD, a pediatric critical care specialist at Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida.

“Unfortunately this year we are seeing a large number of flu-positive pediatric patients having a very serious strain of the flu. We are also seeing many more deaths from the flu and many kids with other significant problems related to the flu,” Greissman tells Motherly. “So for that reason, getting a flu shot and treatment with Tamiflu should strongly be considered.”

To read the full story, visit Motherly.

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PCCSF Patient Success Story: South Florida Toddler Survives Deadly Flu Season

The 2017-2018 flu season is being considered one of the worst ones in nearly a decade. Every state except for Hawaii is dealing with flu cases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 53 pediatric deaths in its latest Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report.

The most common reason for a child with the flu to be admitted to Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida is dehydration and high-grade fever. The intensity of this flu season has not only increased the number of patients we’re seeing but also how sick they are. Three-year-old Michael is one of those cases.

Michael came to PCCSF at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital suffering from a rash, fever and joint pain. Tests eventually showed the toddler had an aggressive form of the flu, which then affected his heart, kidneys, lungs and liver.

PCCSF’s Dr. Allan Greissman shared Michael’s story exclusively with WPLG Local 10. We’re happy Michael is back home with his family after making a full recovery.

Pediatric Critical Care of South Florida Featured on Local 10 2-2-18 from Diana Somarriba on Vimeo.

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How to Raise Heart-Healthy Kids

The road to heart disease begins in childhood. Chronic illnesses such as Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure are now common in many overweight and obese children.

Healthy eating habits and physical activity can reduce the risk for heart disease. Parents can do a lot to help reduce their child’s risks and help them develop habits that can last a lifetime.

Although you and your pediatrician are the best authorities on your child’s health, the following are some general guidelines that can help you raise heart-healthy kids:

Water – Water is vital for bodily functions and is the best way to quench thirst. Children should drink water throughout the day and drink additional water during physical activities or sports. Buy a portable, reusable bottle that can be regularly filled for on-the-go trips. Add lemons, oranges or other fruits for added flavor.

Vegetables and Fruits – Your child’s doctor will indicate how many servings of fruits and vegetables they should be eating for their age group and activity level. As a general rule, each meal should contain at least one fruit or vegetable. Parents can get creative by adding fruits and vegetables to just about everything, including cereal, toast, pancakes, omelets, yogurt, sauces, lean meats, beans and soups.

Treats – Rich desserts, cookies, cakes, candy and sodas should only be eaten in moderation and as occasional treats.

Snacks – Prepare a bag of heart-healthy snacks to eat on-the-go, such as low-fat granola bars, trail mix, nuts, carrots, celery, bananas, fresh fruits, low-fat cheese, yogurt, low-fat chocolate milk and dark chocolate.

Get Kids Cooking – Children who learn to prepare healthy meals will be less likely to overindulge once they understand what they are eating.

Food Labels Teach kids how to properly read food labels and read them together when preparing food or shopping. Once kids understand what they are eating, they are less likely to want sugary, fatty, and high-calorie foods.

Family Involvement – Heart-healthy habits should be a family matter that will help motivate everyone to make and keep healthier choices. Get others, such as caretakers and other family members, involved if they are also caring for your children.

School Lunches – Find out what your children are eating at school. When possible, review their menu options and help them choose the most appropriate, nutritious foods. When packing their lunch, pack the most nutritious foods you have available.

Exercise – Children need at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day and 60 minutes is ideal. Exercise builds muscle, powers the brain, increases the amount of healthy cholesterol, lowers blood pressure and helps the body control stress.

Smoking – Teens who smoke have a higher chance of getting cancer, heart disease, stroke, emphysema, bronchitis and pneumonia. More immediately, teens can experience malnutrition and asthma. Talk to your children early on about the dangers of smoking so they won’t start.

Sleep – Sleep plays an important part in heart health. Lack of sleep has been linked to obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure. The amount of sleep that your child needs depends on their age, make sure that they start developing good sleep patterns now.

When visiting your child’s physician, any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child’s weight or health habits should be brought up. These topics may be sensitive or uncomfortable and their doctor may not bring it up themselves.  Once your child has been thoroughly evaluated, any actions that need to be taken should be followed-up as indicated.

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Healthy Habits for 2018

A new year is a great time to jumpstart your children’s healthy habits and keep them in check throughout the year. Developing good eating habits and encouraging physical activities now will reap lifelong benefits.

Set a Good Example – Children practice what they see. Get the whole family involved. Be a positive role model by practicing the same healthy habits that you are trying to foster in your child. Turn family time into an opportunity to teach your children about good nutrition, as well as a time to plan active family outings.

Make it Easy – Keep your kids healthy by making it easier to eat nutritious foods. Cut up fruits and vegetables and keep them where they are easy to pick up. Keep sports equipment, such as balls, Frisbees, jump ropes, etc. visible. Keep the focus on having fun, such as walking the dog, playing hide-and-seek, family walks after dinner or weekend hikes.

Make Healthy Eating a Game – Make fruits and vegetables fun by incorporating a broad range of different colors, such as greens, yellows, oranges, reds and blues into your child’s daily diet. Aim to serve fruits and vegetables in every meal, and have your child research the nutritional benefits of the foods you serve.

Set Limits – Set limits on television viewing and the amount of time that your children spend playing computer games. Instead, set goals for daily physical activities and on the amount of nutritious foods that your children eat.

Eat a Good Breakfast – Providing your child with a healthy, well-balanced breakfast sets the pace for the day. Make sure that it includes fiber, protein, and some fruit for an energetic start.

Physical Activity – Help your child find physical activities that they enjoy and are likely to continue, such as biking, swimming, running, or playing basketball or football with family and friends. It doesn’t have to be organized sports; the important thing is to keep them moving.

Sleep – It’s essential that children get the sleep they need for their age group. A lack of sleep increases obesity, as well as learning and behavioral problems. Between the ages of 1-10, most children need between 10-14 hours of sleep, while teens need approximately 8.5-9.5 hours of sleep.

Meal Planning - Get your children involved in planning and cooking family meals. It is an opportunity for them to understand how meals are prepared and how they can use different ingredients to make them healthier. Teach them to read the nutritional information on food labels and what they should avoid.

Stress Management – Even in childhood, stress increases the likelihood of chronic illnesses, depression, and other emotional and behavioral problems. Help your child develop good stress management skills by urging good eating habits, physical activities, and free time to relax with family and friends.

Treats – Limit unhealthy foods, but don’t eliminate them entirely. Make a distinction between nutritious foods that your child should eat every day and foods that they can eat occasionally, as treats, such as ice cream, candy, soda and pastries.

Healthy habits promote success. Forging good habits in your children now will make it much more likely that they will continue these healthy habits as they get older.

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Healthy Holiday Tips

There’s no denying the holidays are kids’ favorite time of the year. The holidays mean time off from school, spending time with family and friends, and taking part in holiday traditions. While it’s important for kids to enjoy this time of year, it’s also important for them to do so in a healthy manner. To help you do that, we put together a list of Healthy Holiday Tips!

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