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The school year is over, summer camp is in full swing, and the kids are exchanging sneakers for flip fops and backpacks for beach towels. Parents are hauling coolers brimming with drinks and fresh fruit, eager to enjoy a scintillating summer day. As you prepare for the perfect beach or pool day, however, please remember the A, B, C’s of preventing drowning.
While drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in the USA among children under 14 and the leading cause of accidental death for children age 5 and under, according to the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, it is extremely PREVENTABLE.
Of all preschoolers who have drowned, 70 percent were in the care of one or both parents and 75 percent were missing from sight for five minutes or less (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control). In short, it can happen to ANYBODY.
How Do We Prevent Drowning
1.D is for Direct Supervision-Watch your little one at all times. If you are not watching the children yourself, please assign a water watcher (a sober adult) during parties and social events. Parental supervision is the single most important form of prevention.
2. D is for Deterrence- The use of protective barriers like properly installed pool fences, door alarms, secure sliding doors or any other doors that lead to a body of water can also help prevent tragedy.
3. D is for Don’t Dive Deep until you learn Swim in Shallow- Swimming instruction can start from 6 months and up. All adults caring for children should know how to swim and should also know Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Enquire in your area for free swimming and CPR lessons, which are often offered by organizations like your local YMCA or hospital.
April was Autism awareness month and I would like to take this opportunity to educate my families on this very prevalent developmental disorder. Autism Disorder is a brain condition that affects the development of social skills, speech and communication and the ability to interact with the outside world. It is best described as spectrum of developmental conditions that include the high functioning Asperger disorder, pervasive developmental disorder and Rett syndrome. It usually manifests between 2 and 3 years of age with the onset of speech problems, but sometimes it can be recognized earlier in more severe cases. According to recent research data the prevalence for Autistic Disorders continue to increase and now the new figure is 1 out of 88 live births will be affected. Males are more commonly affected than females and there is higher risk for siblings of affected children. Correct diagnosis and early detection are determining factors to initiate early intervention services. Referrals can be even if there is a suspicion while families are waiting for definitive diagnosis. It is believe that this a chronic condition that will extend to adult life however I firmly believe that positive outcomes in speech, behavior and social and adaptive skill are attained thanks to early intervention. Developmental screenings should take place every time a child is seen by the pediatrician. If there are consistent behaviors and speech issues that are concerning you as a parent please do not ignore and bring to your pediatrician’s attention. In the typical 10 minute office visit it is very difficult to attempt to diagnose such complex condition. The American Academy recommends two Autism specific screening by the age of 2 years old. The cause of Autism is believed to be multifactorial: there can be genetic predisposition and some environmental factors; however there is not one known cause. Research is currently undergoing on the causes and better treatment approaches. Recently some data suggest that advance maternal age as well as maternal obesity and gestational diabetes can have a relationship. Much more active research needs to be done as well as more support for pediatricians and families. In some place resources for speech and behavioral interventions are very limited. For more information about resources visit Autism Speaks website as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics official website. Or ask your pediatrician. Finally I like to clarify that the studies are very clear that MMR vaccines or thimerosol a mercury containing vaccine preservative are not the causes of autism. If you want a copy of the most comprehensive research please visit…or ask me. Dr. Tello
This little recipe is a Dr. T’s original. Well…. and my kids helped out too!
4 chicken breasts boneless and skinless
Plain bread-crumbs on a flat plate
¼ cup of plain egg whites
Salt and seasoning per your own taste
¼ cup of olive oil
- Cut the chicken breast into thin strips or small nugget size pieces. The thinner the cut the faster and better the cutlets will cook.
- Season the chicken with plain salt or poultry seasoning according to your taste. Although some bread crumbs contain seasoning use the plain ones. It is better when you control the sodium/salt you add to your food. The already seasoned ones contain 630 mg of sodium per serving which is a large quantity.
- Dip the cutlets thoroughly in the egg whites.
- Roll them on the bread crumbs.
- Fry them in very hot olive oil until completely and thoroughly cooked.
Enjoy these cutlets! These are easy, yummy and very healthy. Lot better for you and your children than the precooked, frozen, store brand or fast food.
By: Dr. Edna Tello, MD