Parents Connect Blog

The official blog of Nicklaus Children's Hospital, written by parents for parents.

Parents Connect is a space where families can share their experiences and inspire hope as we aim to raise happier, healthier children. Contributing bloggers include parents and medical experts who together serve as a voice for families everywhere. We invite you to join our online community and connect with us on the parenting journey.

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Our Latest Blog Posts

New Guidelines Related to Infant Peanut Exposure

By: Amy S. Feldman, MD on May 10, 2021

If you or a loved one is living with a peanut allergy, then you know that it’s a condition that always needs to be taken seriously. For many years, allergy experts felt that the best way to prevent peanut allergies and their dangerous symptoms was to delay the age when children were first exposed to peanuts. However, more recent research has led to considerable changes to this advice.

Helping Children and Adolescents Manage their Anxiety

By: Rose Alvarez-Salvat, PhD on May 07, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic brought forth feelings of stress, sadness, worry and anxiety. Anxiety, in particular, has increased in the past year among children and adolescents due to changes in routine, schooling, social connections, time spent with extended family and future plans. Social opportunities that helped buffer children and teens from feelings related to anxiety and isolation have also been put on pause.

The first step in helping your child manage his or her anxiety is knowing what types of situations may trigger those anxious feelings.


Foods to Nourish your Mental Well-Being

By: Leyanee Perez, RDN/LDN on May 03, 2021

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. According to the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mental health is not the absence of mental illness, but rather a state of complete physical, psychological and social well-being.  Because mental health can be lurking in the background at any stage of life, creating environments that promote mental health, such as making healthy choices, and healthier lifestyles are necessary for your mental well-being.

Three Ways You Can Support Families of Children With Autism

By: Krystal Giraldo on April 27, 2021

Odds are you either know someone with autism or know of someone with autism. Autism now affects one in 68 children and boys are five times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls. The numbers alone are alarming. The fact that there is no medical detection let alone a cure, even more so. As a self-proclaimed advocate for my child on the autism spectrum, I have complied a list of 3 simple (and fun) ways YOU can support families with children with autism.

What You Need To Know About Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

By: Carrie Firestone Baum, MD, MPH on April 15, 2021

If you have a child in your life that suffers from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), then you know that it can sometimes be a challenging diagnosis. I see a lot of patients with IBS at my office, and their concerns range from persistent stomach pain to diarrhea, constipation or upset stomach. Since April is IBS month, this felt like an appropriate time to discuss some of the common issues related to the condition. First off, if your child has IBS, he or she is definitely not alone.

Talking With Your Teen About Social Media Filters

By: Meredith Kallaher on April 12, 2021

When I see my children on social media, I realize that they have no baseline of "normalcy" like I did at age 15. They are looking at screens so much that there is a chance they are seeing more people with altered images than they are seeing people "in their natural state" on a daily basis.

3 Weight Loss Myths: Facts vs. Fiction

By: Leyanee Perez, RDN/LDN on April 08, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has hindered weight loss plans for many, and triggered weight gain for others. Thanks to fitness and calorie counting apps, influencers’ success stories, and a multitude of diet products in the market, it can be very confusing to differentiate between fact and fiction – leaving you feeling frustrated and ready to give up. Read on for some of the most common myths built around weight loss diets.

Fatigue? Fitful Sleep? Could My Child Have Sleep Apnea?

By: Sandeep Davé, MD on March 17, 2021

Most people think of obstructive sleep apnea as a condition that impacts adults. Although obstructive sleep apnea is less common in children, it is still a risk that parents should be aware of. Between 1 and 5 percent of children are affected by it, and that it may be underdiagnosed. Dr. Sandeep P. Davé, pediatric otolaryngologist, compiled a list of sleep apnea warning signs for parents to be on the lookout for.

Nutrition and Kids: The Impact of the Pandemic

By: Vanessa Molina Santamaria on March 12, 2021

Families have spent more time at home this past year to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. As a result, parents and children have fallen out of their normal routines. So, what can you do to keep your kids healthy?

Get to Know Your Healthy Eating Style

By: Leyanee Perez, RDN/LDN on February 25, 2021

Healthy eating can look very different for everyone in your family. Each age group requires unique nutritional needs that should be met through the foods and drinks you consume. “Just like you can’t burn calories in your fifties as you did in your twenties, children can’t eat like adults.” Learning what healthy eating looks like at each stage of life is key for a long healthy life.

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