Pediatrician, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson discusses preeclampsia with expert, Dr. David Reuter. PSA to all pregnant moms out there: treat yourself (and your baby) to 4-6 hours of “belly down” time each day after 20 weeks. Lay on your side, float in a pool, get a prenatal massage on a tummy pillow. When you lie on your back, blood flow can sometimes increase congestion to your kidneys causing elevated blood pressure. Women with preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy) often have babies prematurely and with increased complications. Tell every pregnant mom you know! Belly-down-time-goodness!
Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson discusses ways we can consider redesigning healthcare for children who have disabilities with bioethicist, Dr. Holly Tabor from Stanford University Medical Center. When we fix and improve things to help make healthcare more accessible to people with disabilities, we’ll end up helping everyone, a win-win for all!
Screen and smartphone addiction is becoming (or has already become) a real threat to all of us, I’m afraid, as we depend more and more on our devices for connection and organization. Smartphones are smart and are built, designed and strategically engineered to draw us in and play off some of our greatest human traits and urges to love, be connected, and be respectful. If you’re feeling guilty, ashamed, and/or frustrated, you’re not alone. I’m sharing one tip to help combat phone addiction: go grey and be nice to yourself.
How we talk about eating and how we talk about dieting really changes how our kids eat and how they feel. Pediatrician, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, explains a recent study that found there are serious, long-term, harmful associations when parents encourage a teen to diet. Things like severe dieting, binge eating, low self-esteem and a less favorable body image can stem from being encouraged to diet. Even more, these negative associations are learned and are passed from one generation to the next.
My podcast typically features parenting advice, but I’m often asked about all the different hats I wear: mom, doctor, Chief of Digital Innovation at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Chief Medical Office at Before Brands, reporter at KING5 News and more. So, this is my first attempt at detailing what I’m working on each month. Let me know what you think!
Pediatrician, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, highlights what you need to know about the current measles outbreak. Take solace if you and your family members have been vaccinated, the vaccine is wildly effective with protection rates at 98% after your second dose. If your child is too young to be immunized, Dr. Swanson gives her recommendations about what you should do to protect your baby.
What to do when waiting for an autism evaluation? Pediatrician, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, and Jim Mancini, a speech-language pathologist and coordinator of parent education and support at the Seattle Children’s Autism Center, discuss the autism diagnosis process. Mancini shares his tips and recommendations for parents who may be on long wait lists.
Pediatrician, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, and pediatric dermatologist, Dr. Markus Boos, provide straight forward ways to treat teen acne. Lots of myth busting and over the counter recommendations for treating acne. It’s not about vanity, it’s about self-esteem, healthy habits, and putting your best face forward.
More than 1 million children get concussed every year. The recommendations for recovery after concussion have changed over the years and are confusing, they share the latest tips for parents! Pediatrician, Wendy Sue Swanson and Dr. Sara Chrisman, a pediatrician who researches sports-related concussion discuss how to guide families, coaches and teens in understanding concussions.