The short answer: kids should get their booster as soon as they are eligible to receive one. On May 17, 2022, the FDA expanded authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine to include a COVID booster for all 5-11-year-olds. On May 19, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is expected to recommend a booster shot for … Continue reading Ask SciMoms: When should I get the COVID boosters for kids?
Kids, concussions, and head injuries: sports safety for kids
What are the risks of head injuries and concussions in kids? What sports have the highest risks of injuries? What can parents do to decrease the risks of injuries in kids?
Here’s why I enrolled my children in the kids COVID vaccine trials
In this post, SciMoms asked mom and ICU nurse, Renee Chavez, about her experience in the Pfizer kids COVID vaccine trials for kids under 12. Renee has been an ICU (intensive care unit) nurse for 12 years. She worked for 6 years in the adult ICU and 6 years in the pediatric CVICU (Cardiovascular Intensive … Continue reading Here’s why I enrolled my children in the kids COVID vaccine trials
Safe Teething Remedies
Learn which teething remedies are safe, and which should be avoided, including homeopathic teething remedies and amber necklaces.
Ask SciMoms: When can my kids hug their grandparents after COVID vaccination?
The CDC recently released guidelines about what is safe after COVID vaccination. With a growing proportion of fully vaccinated older Americans, the most burning question the SciMoms and many of our readers have is: when can our kids hug their grandparents after COVID vaccinations? The new guidelines do not specifically mention kids, but most kids … Continue reading Ask SciMoms: When can my kids hug their grandparents after COVID vaccination?
Introduction to E-Cigarettes
In this introduction to e-cigarettes, we answer questions about vaping, who uses e-cigarettes, the chemicals in e-cigarettes, and potential risks.
Why do kids get so many shots?
Why do kids get so many shots? Are they necessary? Are they safe? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this post.
Is Caffeine Safe For Children?
Is caffeine safe for children? Does it stunt growth? How much is safe? Learn more in this post.
(Don’t) Jump Around: A Look at Trampoline Safety
Several years ago, my youngest broke his leg at a trampoline park while we were on vacation visiting my parents. In the urgent care center across the street, the nurses informed me that such accidents were frequent, with toddlers coming in multiple times a week with broken legs. Given their popularity and the risk associated with … Continue reading (Don’t) Jump Around: A Look at Trampoline Safety
HPV and the HPV Vaccine
In this post, we’ll review the science about HPV, recommendations about this vaccination, the controversies, and my personal plans on vaccinating my family.