Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism
We watched the CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall before we posted the link and recommended it to our patients and our families. We think it has good information for all age groups and is worth a look!
CNN's Van Jones and Erica Hill host this teleconference-style town hall meeting and are joined throughout the show by Elmo, Big Bird, Abby, and Rosita - Sesame Street characters your kids know and trust - to help explain racism and how we can all come together to fight discrimination.
Part 1 begins with Elmo talking to his father, Louie, about the protests. Elmo asks, “What is a protest?” “What is racism?” and “What can we do?” Louie answers in simple, age-appropriate language and this short segment may be enough for sensitive toddlers and preschoolers. It’s basic, honest information from characters young children love.
Van Jones and Erica Hill are then joined by mother of four, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. With a little help from Big Bird, they answer questions from parents and children from all over the country. Topics range from slavery to Black Lives Matter to prayer to Dr. Martin Luther King. They also have some great advice that we all need to be reminded of sometimes, like the classic “Treat people the way you want to be treated.” They encourage children to use their voice, speak up with love, and lead by example to combat injustice. And, when kids are scared or angry we should allow them to feel and express their emotions while we simply listen.
Also in Part 1, Jones and Hill speak with Dr. Nia Heard-Garris a Pediatrician with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Minority Health, Equity & Inclusion Chair at the American Academy of Pediatrics, plus Jeanette Betancourt Senior VP, U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop. Dr. Heard-Garris fields questions ranging from “Why do people have different skin colors?” to “Can I operate on racist brains to change them?” from a 6-year-old future neurosurgeon! Ms. Betancourt encourages parents to talk honestly about racism with even very young children because they already recognize race and identity. These can be hard conversations but even more importantly we, as parents, must model empathy and inclusion because our actions mean more than our words.
Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D. a psychologist and President Emeritus, Spelman College, and Jennifer Harvey, Ph.D. a Religion Professor at Drake University join Van Jones and Erica Hill to define and discuss empathy, inclusion and white privilege. They remind parents that racism can be based on eye shape or hair texture, not exclusively skin color, so we should “celebrate the rainbow of human diversity.” Some tools for parents are books that identify differences warmly and inclusively, plus families can role-play how to interrupt discriminatory behavior that they may encounter or experience.
Keedron Bryant, a 12-year-old gospel singer from Jacksonville is featured at the end of Part 2. His song, “I Just Want To Live,” was inspired by the last moments of George Floyd’s life. The song has gone viral with praise from former President Barack Obama and LeBron James and led to appearances on “Good Morning America” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
Don’t think that’s the end! Part 3 is labeled “Viral Video Child Stars Unite!” Charles Ramsey, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner and former Washington DC Police Chief does an amazing job fielding tough questions from kids! “Will a police officer harm me because of my skin color?” “Who do we call when the police are being unsafe?” “Can George Floyd’s death really change the way that people behave when they encounter black men like my dad?” It’s difficult to hear children asking these questions but this is the moment for change!
The show ends with the affirmation “We can do better! We must do better! We will do better!” It’s a powerful ending to an honest analysis of systemic racism in our country.
We know your life has changed dramatically due to COVID-19 but rest assured your children’s health is our top priority and we are doing everything in our power to keep your family and our staff safe!
We are OPEN at both offices!
- We ask that just ONE healthy caregiver escort the patient into the lobby for check in AND to the exam room for the appointment.
- Please allow siblings and other family members to stay at home.
- After checking in you may wait in your car and we will call you when the doctor is ready to see you. If you choose to wait in our lobby, please practice appropriate social distancing.
- Patient visits are being spread out to minimize the number of people in our facility at one time.
- Please to do not fall behind on your well child visits or immunizations! COVID-19 is on your mind right now but remember that immunizations prevent the spread of other contagious, viral diseases like measles, mumps, polio and chickenpox. Plus, during your well-child visit you can speak to us one-on-one about ALL the ways to keep your children safe and healthy.
We are excited to offer VIRTUAL VISITS!
- We are using Healow Telehealth for all virtual visits.
- Healow Telehealth is HIPPA compliant and securely integrated with our existing electronic medical records system.
- Healow Telehealth may be accessed through an app or by an email link.
- Not all visits can be handled virtually, so please contact us to see if you are a candidate!
We are in compliance with all local, state and federal guidelines, and continue to monitor the latest information coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Association of Pediatrics and other governing agencies.
The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving and we THANK YOU for your PATIENCE and LOYALTY as we all adapt!
Don’t Panic! Coronoavirus 101
How the new coronavirus spreads:
- Person-to-person contact (within about 6 feet).
- Contact with infected objects or surfaces.
The best ways to prevent this and all viruses are:
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and running water.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Don’t touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Signs and symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Seek medical advice if you develop these symptoms AND have been in close contact with a person know to have the new coronavirus.
If you feel sick:
- Stay home from work or school
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when your cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash/sanitize your hands.
- Clean or disinfect objects and surfaces you touch frequently.
- VACCINES against pneumonia do NOT provide protection against the new coronavirus. The virus is so new and different that it needs its own vaccine. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV.
- ANTIBIOTICS do NOT work against viruses, only bacteria. The new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.
- SESAME OIL does NOT kill the new coronavirus. Bleach/chlorine-based disinfectants can kill the 2019-nCoV on surfaces.
- Eating GARLIC can NOT protect people from the new coronavirus
- To date, there is NO specific MEDICINE recommended to prevent or treat the new coronavirus.
- People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.
- CHINESE AMERICANS, or those of Asian descent, are NOT more likely to get the new coronavirus than any other American. A disease can make anyone sick, regardless of their race or ethnicity.
- People receiving a PACKAGE from China are NOT at risk of contracting the new coronavirus.
- At present, there is NO evidence that PETS can be infected with the new coronavirus.
- THERMAL SCANNERS ARE effective in detecting people who have developed a fever; however, they can NOT detect people who are infected but are not yet sick with a fever.
- ULTRAVIOLET (UV) LAMPS should NOT be used to sterilize hands or other areas of skin because UV radiation can cause skin irritation.
- HAND DRYERS are NOT effective in killing the new coronavirus.
- Spraying ALCOHOL or CHLORINE all over your body will NOT kill viruses that have already entered your body.
- There is NO evidence that regularly RINSING THE NOSE with saline has protected people from infection with the new coronavirus.
Stop the spread of rumors! Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for the facts!
TEETH AND JAW ALIGNMENT
If your baby sucks a pacifier, their thumb or fingers, the shape of their mouth or their tooth alignment may be affected. If your child breaks the habit before age 3 their bite will probablycorrect itself and if they stop before the permanent front teeth come in there’s a chance his bite will self-correct, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Also, avoid breastfeeding to soothe your baby because prolonged breastfeeding can lead to misalignment of your child’s jaw.
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends an initial visit to the orthodontist by age 7. At this age your child has enough permanent teeth to diagnose a potential orthodontic problem, and some problems are easier (and cheaper!) to correct if discovered early. Prompt treatment can also produce better results since the jaw and facial bones have not finished growing. Some specific issues to discuss with your child’s orthodontist are early or late loss of baby teeth, thumb sucking, difficulty chewing, biting the cheek or roof of the mouth, grinding or clenching the teeth or breathing through the mouth.
February is NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH! Dental health is critically important to the overall well-being of your child. Developing good oral hygiene habits early will prevent gum disease, cavities and tooth decay in the future.
Give your child the best chance for a healthy life.
From putting up baby gates to purchasing the best car seats, parents do a lot to keep their babies healthy and safe. Of course, one of the best ways to keep your child healthy is to get them vaccinated. Read on to learn how the pediatricians here at Growing Together Pediatrics in Ocoee, FL, can protect your child with the help of immunizations.
How do vaccines work?
Vaccines work together with your child's natural defenses to help boost immunity to certain illnesses and diseases. Upon administration, vaccines introduce either a dead or weakened virus form into the body, triggering the body to produce antibodies, and thus strengthening the overall immune system.
Vaccines have eradicated or nearly eradicated diseases that decades ago led to disability, serious health complications, and even death in children and teens.
Do vaccines cause disease?
There is absolutely no way for your child to get a disease from vaccines; however, there is a slight chance that they could develop a very mild reaction from the administration. It’s important to note that even if this occurs, it’s always very mild and far less serious than if your child were to develop the actual disease.
When should my child get vaccinated?
Your child will get their first vaccines right after birth, usually when they are still in the hospital. Of course, trying to remember all the vaccines your little one will need can be nearly impossible. Fortunately, the CDC provides a recommended vaccine list. Tack this list up on your fridge so you know when it’s time to schedule your child’s next checkup.
What are the benefits of getting your child vaccinated?
The most obvious benefit is that you protect your little one from serious diseases. Of course, you also protect the community, too. Babies cannot get vaccinated against everything; therefore, they are more susceptible to certain diseases until they’ve been vaccinated.
By vaccinating young children, you can help to protect the elderly, children with compromised immune systems, and other susceptible groups that may not be able to get vaccinated.
Contact your Ocoee pediatricians today
Is it time to get your child vaccinated? Do you have questions about childhood vaccinations? If so, call Growing Together Pediatrics in Ocoee, FL, today at (407) 770-1414 to schedule a consultation with your pediatrician.
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