Childrearing Transitions: Adapting to a New Baby
Before the baby was born, your life was about you and your spouse. What movie did you want to see, what trips might you take, how did you want to spend your spare time? Then the baby came – everything changed! Join a new mother and dad as they live through this overwhelming adventure, and get some terrific advice about how to keep yourself and your relationships intact, while bringing up a happy and healthy child.
Childrearing Transitions: Coping with Your Pre-Teen
You used to have a loving child who thought mommy and daddy were the greatest people around. Then that child turned into a pre-teen – and all of a sudden, communication stopped, the blowups started, and your child began to treat you like an intruder into his life. It happens to almost every family and it’s a high-stress period for you and your child. Join us to learn some great insights that will help you weather the storm more easily, and hopefully, with a lot less stress. We’ll introduce you to the families who are going through it, show you the parent’s and the child’s point of view, and provide you with the expert advice you need to come out the other side unscathed.
Grandparents Who Parent
Grandparents are supposed to enjoy their grandchildren without all the work of childrearing; but a growing number of grandparents find themselves acting as full-time parents for the second time. Host Dr. Winnie King introduces us to a grandmother and one of the two grandchildren she is now raising, and shows us how this non-traditional family bears the burden and comes out smiling, despite the inevitable difficulties. An expert provides useful suggestions about doing it right, and tells us about the variety of assistance that's available.
You probably have never heard of Friedreich’s Ataxia – a devastating, genetically-based neurological disorder that progressively takes away a child's motor skills, speech skills, bone and muscle strength – and, ultimately, his or her life. As yet, there is no known cure. In this show you’ll meet the children, families, and doctors who are living and dealing with “F.A”, and see for yourself what can be accomplished through the power of sheer determination, and of a refusal to be defeated, despite the odds.
Great Nutrition for the Cheapest Price
Fast food is certainly fast, but it certainly is not cheap anymore. More importantly, those meals are filled with lots of fats, sodium and unnecessary calories. You might be surprised to know that you could cook much healthier meals yourself, for less money than those fast food restaurant meals you’ve been buying. Come with us on a trip to a grocery store and a cooking class – where you’ll learn how to figure out a meal’s nutritional and monetary value, and how to cook for your family in a way that's attractive, nutritionally sound, cheap, and easy!
Adapting to Your Child’s Personality
Living with a child between 1 and 3 years old is always challenging, and it can be even more difficult if your child's personality and your own don't seem to be an ideal fit. Join host Dr. Winnie King, two moms and toddlers (with different personalities!) and a child behavioral specialist to find out how to modify your own responses so that you can more effectively influence your child.
Doctors universally say that breastfeeding is the healthiest thing for mother and child. But as natural as it is, it’s hard for many new moms to make it work without the support of the people around them. And many people frown on public breastfeeding – so how can you get the support you need and feel comfortable about doing something so natural? On this show, you’ll see a group of nursing mothers and a neonatologist demonstrate discreet nursing techniques on the air, tell you the pros and cons of breastfeeding your baby, and teach you what you need to know to make breastfeeding your child the successful and positive experience that it should be.
Anorexia Nervosa is a terribly serious disease. It is an eating disorder that can lead people – especially adolescent girls – to literally starve themselves, exercise excessively, and lose significant amounts of weight. But what you may not realize is, anorexia nervosa is deadly. Experts say that it kills more than 10% of the people who are diagnosed with it. Most sufferers of anorexia nervosa develop the disorder when they’re teenagers (though rare, there have been cases of kids as young as 5 exhibiting some of the symptoms), so it’s critically important for parents to be able to recognize the symptoms of anorexia and seek professional help for their child and family right away. Learn how to do that on this episode of Keeping Kids Healthy. It could save your child’s life.
Can you imagine if your child were so sick that you thought she might die – but no one could figure out what was wrong with her? And then, when you finally did get a diagnosis, it turned out to be a disease that’s so common that it affects almost one person in every 130 -- but no one had recognized it! Well, that’s exactly what can happen with Celiac Disease. It's an autoimmune disease that results in severe damage when the body is exposed to "glutens" – a protein that’s found in wheat and several other common grains – and most people don’t even realize when they have it. But it damages much more than the intestines. When left undiagnosed it can lead to migraines, stunted growth, severe malnutrition and dehydration, anemia, and even death. Meet two children whose health was once devastated by celiac disease, and find out from the experts what to watch out for in your own children and family.
Teen Anxiety Disorder: Taking It Seriously
Lots of teens are stressed and anxious a good deal of the time. But sometimes the stress can be a sign of a serious, diagnosable medical problem called an “anxiety disorder,” which requires professional help. In this episode of Keeping Kids Healthy, we explore “social anxiety disorder,” a condition in which teens feel extreme, unreasonable anxiety about being judged harshly by others, or about behaving in a way that might cause them embarrassment. It sounds like the concerns of an ordinary teen. But the level of stress these kids experience is far from ordinary, and it may prevent them from establishing normal relationships with their peers, or living a normal life. Join our host Dr. Winnie King, a family who has lived through the problem, and two experts who will show us how to recognize and help treat anxiety disorder in our children.
Kids with Chronic Illness: The Parents’ Burden
Kids with Chronic Illness -- The Parent's Burden: It's obvious that a child who's in a wheelchair, or one who's struggling with serious illness, is facing an extraordinary challenge. But we rarely stop to think about the burdens their parents carry; and if you're one of those parents, it may be hard to find someone to help support you. Today we meet a group of these parents, hear first-hand what their days are like, and find out what they do, and where they turn for help, to make their lives easier.
Good Things Come in Small Packages: It's often a life and death struggle: premature babies so small they can fit in an adult's hand. Host Dr. Winnie King takes us into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to see those babies, and provides the information parents need to make it through the uncertainty and the anxiety.
Circumcision: Is it Right for Your Child?
When you give birth to a son, in most cases (religious issues notwithstanding), there’s an immediate decision that you have to make: to circumcise, or not to circumcise. It’s a choice that’s left up to the parent, but that freedom can be a mixed blessing – because there just aren’t that many clear guidelines from the medical community about what you should do, and a lot of people don’t feel very comfortable pressing their doctors for the answers! So in this program, we’re going to help you with that tough decision, by bringing together in one place the medical advice and information that will help you decide what’s best for your child. You’ll meet parents who’ve decided for and against it, you’ll see a discreet demonstration of how the procedure is done, and you’ll find out what the experts, religious communities and leading health organizations have to say about the pros and cons of each approach for your child.
Controlling Asthma -- Asthma can be a terrifying illness, but there are new treatment approaches you can take to keep asthmatic kids safe and active. One of the most important approaches is also one of the simplest: creating an asthma treatment plan. Learn from two asthma specialists, two mothers, and some young asthma patients the techniques you can use to keep asthmatic children healthy, in and out of school, without restricting their daily lives.
Communicating with Your Teenager
Negotiation versus rule-setting: A parent, a teen, and a doctor discuss with Host Dr. Winnie King the questions of where and how you draw the line on curfews or dating, and how you effectively adapt your parenting style to this increasingly independent young person.
Most of us have heard of schizophrenia, but we don’t know exactly what it is (it’s not split personality!), or how to recognize it, or even when it’s most likely to show its first signs. The fact is, schizophrenia generally does strike young people, rather than adults; but it doesn’t usually appear in children before they reach their teens. But when it does, it’s even more devastating than in an older child, and you need to get expert help immediately. In this program, you’ll see what happened when one family’s nine-year-old son began hearing voices, and having hallucinations – the classic signs of childhood-onset schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is astoundingly common – the experts say it strikes one out of every one hundred people, and the most common time for it to strike is when a child has just reached his mid to late teens, or sometimes his early 20’s. Just when a child’s future is opening up to him, this devastating illness can rob him of his ability to think clearly, and subject him to a future of hallucinations, delusions, and an inability even to organize his daily life. But the good news is that – unlike schizophrenia that strikes in very early childhood – the adolescent-onset variety is frequently highly treatable, and young people have a greater likelihood of fully regaining their lives. But it’s up to their families to act quickly and decisively – to recognize the symptoms, and be relentless in getting and maintaining the expert treatment their children need. Learn how that’s done, on this memorable episode of Keeping Kids Healthy.
Every day we hear gruesome stories of violent acts committed by young people: school shootings, gang wars, bullying. But why are so many kids turning to violence, and how do we stop it? Experts have begun to figure out some of the answers; other answers come from the kids who live through the violence. This program brings you the insights of both these groups. Visit a young man in his neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey - one of the toughest cities in the country - and see how he has managed to stay clear of the violence around him. Meet his mother, and discover the role she has played in his success. See first-hand how one innovative program reaches out to four year olds, showing them effective ways to resolve problems without resorting to violence. Join host Dr. Winnie King as she devotes a special half-hour to teaching all of us how to break the cycle of violence.